Learn, Lead, and Serve in the Spirit of Mary's Magnificat

A Note from Our President

In an ever-changing world, Magnificat attends to the holistic development of each of our young women. Our expansive curricular and co-curricular programs prepare each girl for success in college and life. Our educational environment promotes academic excellence and a love of learning. Our Mission contours the entire experience for our young women in a context of values and faith-formation that permeates their holistic education.

This Mission has touched innumerable families throughout the 62 years of our heritage. The families of our 12,000 alumnae reflect the prophetic promise of Mary’s Magnificat: “All generations will call me blessed.” The ongoing support of so many alumnae is a rich blessing for Magnificat.

With the initiative and support of our Board of Directors, plans are underway that will enhance our physical spaces in ways that will forward our academic and co-curricular programs to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world. Our dedicated faculty and staff involve our students in dynamic learning experiences that call forth their gifts and talents and spark their imaginations, build their confidence, and hone their skills for life-long learning.

Magnificat is truly a community of effective caring for each student in an environment that bespeaks the heart of the school name and prayer, the Magnificat. In the tradition of all generations, joy and praise flow from the grateful hearts and courageous spirits of our students and everyone in the Magnificat community. Do come and see Magnificat and feel this spirit in person.

In the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat,


Moira Clark '77

President

Why an All Girls School?

Research demonstrates that young women achieve a higher level of academic success in an all-girl educational setting.

71% of girls’ school alumnae felt more prepared to transition to college than their counterparts from coeducational high schools.

The Goodman Research Group, Inc.

The combination of the community, the culture and the climate that an all-girls’ Catholic high school, offers young women makes for a powerful and transformative experience.

The students are more comfortable asking questions, allowing them to develop their own, best learning style.

National Foundation for Educational Research

Graduates of single-gender schools generally have an easier time with the transition to college.

A Brief Glimpse Into Our History

1955

Magnificat High School was founded and sponsored by the Sisters of the Humility of Mary in the former Wooster School in Rocky River with a freshman class of 63 students and three Sisters of the Humility of Mary.

1973

Magnificat established the Genesis program, the first of its kind, involving seniors in a two-week community service and career exploration under a mentor in the broader community.

1985

The school was honored as an “Exemplary Private School,” one of the original 26 non-public schools nationwide so named by the U.S. Department of Education.

1985

The administration embarked upon the school’s first capital campaign, which resulted in a new wing housing the Theology and Science Departments. The project also included classroom and office renovations in the main building and an athletic field.

1987

The Activities Center (Gym) and outdoor tennis courts, both located at the eastern end of the property, were completed.

1995

The first Named Endowed Scholarship (NES) was established leading to 205 more by 2017. A range of merit and need-based scholarships complement the NES, including Alumnae, Marian, Academic and Lourdes Academy.

2004

The Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts opened, providing state-of-the-art facilities for theater, music and dance. Major renovation of the original structure brought a whole new look from classroom windows to lighting.

2008

The school-wide recycling program, initiated by students in 2008, was the origin of the comprehensive sustainability approach that has given rise to composting, planting of a prairie, and use of sustainable materials in construction.

2012

Magnificat High School was designated a Fair Trade School by Fair Trade USA. This made us one of four schools in the nation that have this seal.

2013

The Resource Center (RC) was completely transformed into the Humility of Mary Center along with the entrance way and lobby in Phase I of SURROUND LEARNING® Innovative Education for Global Leading.

2017

Magnificat began Phase I, II, and III of the renovation of the athletic spaces around the building (Coyne Tennis Courts and Karnatz Family Field). Magnificat is the only all-girl Catholic school in northeast Ohio to have a synthetic turf field on it's campus.

Fast Facts

23%

of the Class of 2021 are daughters of Alumnae

82%

of the AP tests taken scored a 4 or higher

8

miles west of Cleveland, OH and less than one mile from I-90 Rocky River exit

54%

of the student body is granted tuition assistance

12,000+

Magnificat alumnae

60+

extracurricular options

Leadership

Moira Clark ’77

President

mclark@maghs.org

  • B.A., Xavier University
  • M.A., John Carroll University
Marilyn Knox Arundel ’76
Dean of Faculty and Academics
marundel@maghs.org
  • B.S., Cleveland State University
  • M.Ed., Cleveland State University
  • M.A.Ed.Admin., Ursuline College
Mary Dwyer-Kueller
Dean of Student Life and Formation
mdwyer-kueller@maghs.org
  • B.A., Ohio Dominican College
    M.A., Boston College
    M.Ed., Ashland University
Sr. Helen Jean Novy, H.M.
Vice President of Mission
srhjnovy@maghs.org
  • B.A., Notre Dame College
  • M.A.L.S., Wesleyan University (Connecticut)