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

A Note from Our President

Welcome to Magnificat High School, a strong, faith-based community that has a Mission and Purpose around the development of confident, compassionate, and courageous young women who are called to learn, lead and serve in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat.

In an ever-changing world, Magnificat attends to the holistic development of each of our young women, empowering our students through their partnerships with faculty, staff, administration, the greater community, and their families as they grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Magnificat offers a wide variety of academic, athletic, service and experiential learning opportunities. Magnificat women choose to lead in service to others, with humility and grace. Our young women graduate from Magnificat connected, resilient, and fully prepared for the challenges and demands of the 21st century.

It is an honor to serve as President of this extraordinary School. As an alumna myself, I know how much my four years at Magnificat challenged, guided and prepared me for the opportunities and challenges of life after high school. Our collective goal at Magnificat is to ensure every graduate is empowered to be a role model for the real world.

Jenifer Hebda Halliday '95

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.

1985

The administration embarked upon the school’s first capital campaign, which resulted in a new wing located at the east end of the building housing the Theology and Science Departments. The project also included classroom and office renovations in the main building and an athletic field for softball, soccer, and track and field.

1987

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

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.

Fast Facts

25%

of the Class of 2020 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

Administration

Ms. Jenifer Hebda Halliday ’95
President
jhalliday@maghs.org
  • B.A., John Carroll University
  • M.Ed., John Carroll University
Ms. 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
Mrs. Moira Clark ’77
Dean of Student Life and Formation
mclark@maghs.org
  • B.A., Xavier University
  • M.A., John Carroll 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)