Located in Madisonville, Shroder Paideia High School is the area's first and only Paideia high school. Paideia teaching philosophy is a three-column approach that uses didactic instruction, intellectual coaching and group seminars Established as a junior high school in 1953, Shroder served as a feeder school to Woodward High School and other CPS high schools until 2000, when the first Freshman class was added, thus creating the first graduating class from Shroder in 2004. Prior to this, the Paideia philosophy and curriculum was implemented in 1991. Currently, Shroder Paideia has a student population of 800 students and 94 faculty members.
Community Learning Centers
As part of Cincinnati Public School district's ongoing effort to help strengthen communities through collaboration and engagement, Shroder High School, along with several school campuses across the district, has been identified as a Community Learning Center. These centers serve as hubs for collective service entities, which promote academic excellence and provide recreational, educational, health, civic and cultural opportunities for students and their families.
- 1937: the school was proposed for the Kennedy Heights community
- 1944: CPS Board of Education was granted authority to issue bonds in the amount of $16 million.The funds were used to purchase an area off Lumford Place adjoining Kennedy Heights Park, as well as finance a project feasibility study conducted by Hunt and Allen Architects and Engineers. The proposal to build the Kennedy Heights Junior High School was submitted in September 1946.
- February 1953, E.C. Landberg & Associates were awarded a contract to develop plans and specifications for the school’s construction.
- November 1953: finalized plan called for the building to house 830 students, 16 recitation-type classrooms, four science rooms, one art room, one craft room, three industrial arts shops, three homemaking rooms, a band room, library, a 500-seat auditorium, gymnasium, and pupil and faculty lunchrooms.
- CPS officially renamed the school William J. Shroder Junior High School. Born in Cincinnati, Shroder was a local attorney, civic leader and School Board member and president from May 1924 through December 1933. During his tenure on the CPS Board, development of the Cincinnati School system increased as he helped to institute equal pay for all teachers regardless of gender or grade taught, as well as raising professional standards for all employees.
- Shroder Junior High School continued to thrive, serving as a neighborhood feeder school to the Cincinnati Academic of Mathematics and Science Program at Woodward High School throughout the 1960s-late 1980s. In 1991, the school transitioned from a junior high to a middle school as the Paideia philosophy was implemented into the curriculum and with great success.
- September 2000: Shroder Paideia Middle School added a Freshman class and created a high school. In 2004 the first class graduated from Shroder Paideia High School.
- As the student population increased, the need for a larger facility was quickly recognized. As part of the district's Facilities Master Plan, the construction of the new Shroder Paideia High School located at 5030 Duck Creek Road in Madisonville began with the groundbreaking taking place in July 2005. Construction was completed and the doors to our new facility opened in January 2007, culminating with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in March 2007.
Mission & Vision
A Paideia Learning Community
Paideia (py-dee-a) from the Greek pais, paidos: the upbringing of a child.
Producing Life Long Learners through High Standards and a Supportive Environment
- Support a culture of life long learning .
- Promote the physical and emotional well-being of all community members.
- Effective Paideia instruction used to develop critical thinking skills .
- Help students to meet and exceed high academic standards.
Shroder High School implements the Paideia teaching philosophy to develop essential critical thinking skills, produces a culture of lifelong learning and prepares students to go forth to make productive contributions to the community-at-large.
Our aim is to provide the best education for every student. In individual and group settings, students learn in a safe and respectful environment that is conducive to nurturing growth and development for all students, as well as teachers and staff.
Faculty members are trained in the Paideia philosophy and are experts at encouraging students to discuss their learning processes through guided seminars, which in turn guides students in developing and communicating solutions to complex problems — a central tenet of a Paideia school.