About Our School

State of School Address

GSCM Vision Statement

“to grow in wisdom, age, and favor before God and men.” (Luke 2:52) 

GSCM Mission Statement

GSCM is dedicated to providing an outstanding education to children ages three to fourteen years in a Catholic atmosphere faithful to the Magisterium of the Church.  Using the philosophy and techniques of the Montessori approach, including religious education through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd , our goal is to enable each child to develop as a well-integrated human being: spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally.  

Strategic Plan

Catholic Identity
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd ExpansionPrayer and Celebration Light of Catholicism in the Modern World 
Financial Sustainability
Multi-year Expense ControlDevelopmentKeep Tuition Affordable
Montessori 
Parent-Teacher Communication and RelationshipsSupport for High AchieversDevelopment and Retention of Teachers and Staff 
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The Board of Trustees continues to implement our strategic plan for growth and improvement. Community members are encouraged to apply their gifts to the success of the strategic plan. Anne Marie Vega is always available to discuss the strategic plan and its implementation throughout the school.

Enrollment and Marketing

GSCM enjoys a healthy yearly enrollment. For the 2021-2022 school year our enrollment stands at 208.  As of mid January we have 60 applicants for the 2022-2023 school year. Marketing strategies and goals continue to focus on promoting GSCM as a “hidden gem” tucked away in Madison Place and providing an authentic Montessori experience within a strong Catholic atmosphere and dynamic community of families.  Efforts continue to educate current and prospective families as to the benefits of Montessori education for the whole child and the profound vision of Maria Montessori in lifting up a deep respect for the child as a citizen of the world and spiritual being tasked with the creation of the human family.  

Tuition

The Board approved a 3% increase in tuition for the 2022-2023 school year. This increase will enable GSCM to continue its mission to provide an outstanding education focused on Montessori principles within a strong Catholic atmosphere. The Board is committed to applying tuition money to strengthen faculty/staff support, training, and development, continually upgrade our 13 acre campus, and provide academic and spiritual enrichment and encouragement to children and families.  GSCM offers financial aid to qualifying families and works to connect families to other aid sources such as EdChoice Scholarship and Catholic Education Foundation Grants.

Facility Improvements and Expansion

The GSCM Board of Trustees is excited to announce two large improvements to our campus that will help to ensure our future and continue to upgrade our facilities. 

We have contracted with Valley Refrigeration Services to install a total HVAC upgrade to our main school building this summer. The current heating system is deteriorating rapidly with aging pipes and inefficient heating controls. Our preprimary, lower elementary, and atrium environments have been anxiously awaiting air conditioning to make their classrooms more comfortable throughout the school year. Valley will be installing new mini-split systems in all classrooms and hallways to provide both heating and air conditioning. This project also includes an electrical upgrade. The total cost of the project is $430,000. Thanks to excellent fiscal responsibility and fundraising efforts over the past years, GSCM has saved and set-aside $250,000 for this project. Through specific donations of generous benefactors, sponsors, and current Board members an additional $147,566 has already been collected for this project.  Fundraising efforts will continue to help raise the additional $32,434 needed. If you are interested in learning more about this project or giving financially, please contact Anne Marie Vega in the school office.

 

In December 2021, GSCM finalized the purchase of the adjoining property at 4440 Berwick Street. This includes the land and the house on the southside of the school’s property next to the Holy Family House. Plans for how to best utilize this property are still in the discussion phase. However, the purchase of this property will give added safety and security to the campus and the opportunity for future development and growth. If you have ideas of how this property could be used please contact Anne Marie Vega or a member of the Board. 

Strengthening Montessori Environments

One of the goals of the GSCM Strategic Plan is to strengthen resources for our Montessori teachers to enable continued growth and development of authentic Montessori environments. The school is achieving this with enhanced professional development for all teachers and staff. Teachers and administrative staff have been attending workshops sponsored by The Montessori Foundation. Renee Mattson, a local intervention specialist, parent coach, and doctoral scholar,  is providing ongoing teacher coaching for all levels. She is focusing on helping teachers to support critical thinking, problem solving, and executive functioning in the classroom environments. 

In addition, Dr. Robin Howe, a nationally-recognized Montessori educator and administrator, spent 3 days at GSCM in November to provide ongoing support and coaching for our middle school staff. He observed throughout the school and spent time talking with teachers and students. He was also able to  meet with the Board of Trustees and give insight into the benefits of Montessori education and the great work that our teachers take on each and every day. His summary report has been shared with the middle school staff and the Board of Trustees. He had high praise for GSCM in its delivery of Montessori practice, commitment of the staff, and happiness of the students. His report reaffirms the strong commitment GSCM has to authentic Montessori practice and ongoing improvements and growth.  He stated, “…the teachers are not only trained Montessorians, but they demonstrate through their practice that they are firmly committed to the model introduced by Dr. Montessori, including the delivery of curriculum, creation of community, whole-child development, and respect.”

 

His report and summary will provide guidance as GSCM continues to strengthen its theory and practice at all levels with an emphasis on the Adolescent and enhancing our dynamic middle school environment with strong practices such as entrepreneurship, service learning, and valorization. Dr. Robin stated: “Perhaps the most important characteristic of Montessori at the Secondary level is the concept of the Valorization of the self. Again, while I think many components of valorization are naturally part of teachers’ methods, being more aware could impact their practice as teachers, goals for students, and eventually impact how the Secondary program moves forward into the future.”

Beyond the School Day
The 2022-2023 school year brought back all extracurricular activities and community events. Our fine arts program continues to thrive and provide a creative outlet for all students with choir, band, and drama. Thanks to Miss Ferraro, Mrs. Borgert, and Mrs. Huddle the lower elementary students performed Aesop’s Fables this fall. It was a beautiful production with enthusiastic children illustrating these classic stories through narrative, acting, and set-design. Rehearsals are already underway for our spring drama The Enchanted Bookshop, featuring our upper elementary and middle school students. 

Seventeen of our middle school students have started a youth chapter of The St. Vincent dePaul Society entitled “Minnie Vinnies.” They gather twice a month to learn about the mission of St. Vincent dePaul and engage the GSCM community in service and outreach. They conducted a prayer walk through the Madisonville neighborhood, visited St. Teresa nursing home in Halloween costumes, hosted a Thanksgiving food drive, and performed Christmas caroling at the Hyde Park Kroger. They continue to plan other events, living out Catholic Social Teaching and building strong community relationships both within the GSCM community and beyond.

 

Girls scouts, lego club, Girls on the Run, and preprimary sports clinics are also active on the campus, engaging our students and parent volunteers as well as extending learning beyond the classroom. 

We welcomed our beloved grandparents onto the GSCM campus for Grandparents Day in November. We enjoyed the bookfair and performances by the students. It is always a joy to share with loved ones the beauty of our community and the wonderful atmosphere of faith and learning that permeates from our children. 

Thriving in SONshine

GSCM is a community rooted in faith and family. These allow us to continue to be a dynamic presence in Cincinnati and beyond. We face challenging times with a perseverance to adapt and adjust while working together for good. Our children continue to learn, grow, and develop each day both within the classroom and beyond. Our children are a great treasure and we hold this treasure with great respect, reverence and awe.  GSCM continues to thrive…to provide an outstanding Montessori education, to form children in faith, to develop well-integrated human beings, to serve the child and God together.  Maria Montessori said, “If we touch children, we touch humanity. We must educate adults to realize that we can only better humanity through the child. We must realize that the child is the builder of the man.”

The GSCM Board of Trustees is committed to this noble purpose and goal. By coming together as a community we enable GSCM to be a place of energy, joy, peace, love, and hope. We work as a family to grow together and serve all of humanity by serving the child.

 

“We see the figure of the child who stands before us with his arms held open, beckoning humanity to follow.”

-Maria Montessori 

Board Leadership

Alison Zlatic, President

Martin Wilhelmy, Vice President

Ernie Corvi, Treasurer

Jana Widmeyer, Secretary 

Mary Lennard, Trustee

Anna Mitchell Egan, Trustee

Chris Ertel, Trustee

Ryan Lopez, Trustee 

Russell Newsom, Trustee

Anne Marie Vega, Principal 

New Board Members

Board members serve three year terms with the possibility of renewal. New Board members are discerned each November and begin service in January. In 2022 GSCM welcomed the following trustees:

Annette Lustenberger

Carla Molina

Tim Navaro

David Rahner 

Biographies of each Board trustee can be found on the school’s website. 

“This is education, understood as a help to life; an education from birth, which feeds a peaceful revolution and unites all in a common aim, attracting them as to a single centre. Mothers, fathers, politicians: all must combine in their respect and help for this delicate work of formation, which the little child carries on in the depth of a profound psychological mystery, under the tutelage of an inner guide. This is the bright new hope for mankind.”

-Maria Montessori