Our Lady of the Elms High School

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Our Lady of the Elms High School
1375 West Exchange Street
Akron, Ohio, (Summit County), 44313
United States
Coordinates 41°6′10″N 81°33′30″W / 41.10278°N 81.55833°W / 41.10278; -81.55833Coordinates: 41°6′10″N 81°33′30″W / 41.10278°N 81.55833°W / 41.10278; -81.55833
Type Private, all-girls
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1923
Oversight Dominican Order
Director Dr. Ruth Friedman
Principal Cindy Wilhite
Asst. Principal Sr. Maura Bartel
Grades 912
Student to teacher ratio 10:1
Campus size 33 acres (130,000 m2)
Color(s) Black and white         
Mascot Elmer the Panther
Team name Panthers
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Publication The Elms Magazine
Newspaper The Elm Leaf
Yearbook The Egress
Affiliation Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

Our Lady of the Elms High School is a private, all-girls independent Catholic college preparatory high school in Akron, Ohio, USA.

Our Lady of the Elms High School was founded by the Sisters of St. Dominic (now Dominican Sisters of Peace) in 1923. Based on the four Dominican pillars of study, prayer, community, and preaching, an Elms education prepares young women to be leaders in any field.

Mission Statement[edit]

Our Lady of the Elms School, an independent, Catholic school rooted in the Dominican tradition, educates girls and young women to listen openly, evaluate wisely, speak bravely, lead justly, and serve compassionately.


Veritas or truth is at the center of all we do as Dominicans. We constantly seek truth in every area of life. This search flows into the classroom where a dialogic model of education is practiced. Students are encouraged to engage in class discussion with peers and teachers.

Dominican Tradition[edit]

St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, as we are often called, to seek and preach truth—the truth that sets us free and leads to abundant life. Dominican women and men have a passion for truth that must find voice. Four threads—prayer, study, community, and ministry (preaching)—are so woven together to form the fabric of Dominican life that to pull out one thread is to unravel the whole: Catholic education in the Dominican tradition is to be formed through study and prayer, shared in community. Dominican education recognizes the value of diversity with respect for and of one another. At the Elms we believe that each person grows because of the sharing of the different faith traditions. Our course of studies include not only basic academic courses but also emphasizes justice for all, service to the less fortunate and building peace while pursuing truth and finding one’s voice so the young women who leave the Elms can take their place in the community, their church and the world.

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