Promoting, Inspiring and Empowering

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Archbishop McNicholas High School promotes a Christ-centered, coed Catholic community that embraces each student spiritually, intellectually, morally and physically. The faculty strives to see students for who and what they are, and develop a personalized plan to elevate each student to his or her fullest potential.

Preparing students academically, socially and emotionally for college and life demands an environment that is reflective of the real world. The coed dynamic empowers students to grow as individuals and as members of the community and gives them an advantage as they step confidently into the next phase of their lives.

“We help our students embrace the journey of becoming the person that the Lord sees. We want our students to discover their talents and abilities and provide for them in an environment in which they can grow and work to attain full stature in Christ,” says Shannon Kapp, director of marketing and communication. “We provide a safe, nurturing, creative and challenging campus where individuals will grow in knowledge and faith. We equip our students with opportunities and experiences that will enable them to achieve excellence and live out gospel values.”

McNicholas helps students of all abilities achieve excellence. Personalized registration and class selection process allows students and parents to select course levels appropriate to a student’s ability in each subject. McNicholas prides itself in equipping students to excel academically. The proof is in the numbers. In the past decade, 40 students have been named National Merit Scholarship Competition semifinalists or finalists, and more than 70 have been named commended students. Last year’s graduating class earned an average score of 25 on the ACT. Students in the honors program had an average score of 30; the national ACT average score is 20.8.

The admissions department reviews applicants’ academics as well as qualities such as leadership and eagerness to learn. “We seek out students with a strong desire to serve others and grow in their faith,” says Christina Mullis, director of admissions and enrollment. “We also look for students who have extracurricular involvement, aptitude for leadership and a sincere desire to be academically challenged.

“What we’re most proud of is our identity as Catholics, and our sense of community can only be attributed to Christ being at the center. If you want to shine and develop into a faithful leader, Archbishop McNicholas High School is the place for you.” 


Quick Facts about Archbishop McNicholas High School

• 13-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio

• 13 Advanced Placement courses and 25 fine arts electives

• In the Class of 2017, 170 graduates earned almost $17.5 million in college scholarships. Both the valedictorian and salutatorian will attend the University of Notre Dame this fall.

• This year’s senior class gave more than 20,000 hours of service to the Greater Cincinnati community and expanded the Appalachian and Nicaragua service trips.

• The science department has earned the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for 27 consecutive years. The award recognizes excellence in science department instruction as well as the opportunities that students have taken advantage of to extend their science education beyond the classroom.

• Molly Jorden, ‘17, received a gold medal at the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in June. Last summer, she received a Congressional Art Award.

• The men’s golf team won the state championship in 2016.


Archbishop McNicholas High School is located at 6536 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230. For more information, call 513.231.3500 or visit