St Dominic School

3455 Norwood Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44122
(216) 561-4400

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 174 students 17 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

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About this school

St Dominic School is a private middle school in Shaker Heights. The principal of St Dominic School is Susan M. Biggs, whose e-mail is 174 students go to St Dominic School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. The ratio of students to teachers at St Dominic School is 17:1. Adlai Stevenson School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Computer arts

Languages Taught

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 67% %
Black, non-Hispanic 29% %
Multiracial 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Hispanic 1% %
Asian 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    St. Dominic is a great small school. They pay special attention to the children and do their best to help them succeed however they are a small school and their resources are limited so for special needs it's not the best place. Their K program is great. They have a fabulous Spanish program 3-8 I wish they would implement the same program in K-2 (it's a joke) the teacher is nice but doesn't even speak Spanish! Most teachers are well prepared and available when needed. The cafeteria is o.k. Some parents are very involved others are not so much but the parish members support the school 100%.

  • (3 years ago)

    Lead by their fantastic principal Sue Biggs My children are getting a solid academic and spiritual education at St. Dominic School. The music and band programs are wonderful arts offerings and I find their math and science programs challenging and competitive Great field trips and a sense of the community provide a very well rounded experience for our children. Totally worth it.

  • (3 years ago)

    My eight year old daughter and now my five year old son are both thriving at St. Dominic's. The intimate atmosphere helps foster lasting and meaningful relationships between the teachers and their students. Moreover no students are allowed to "fall through the cracks." The academics are rigorous but the curriculum is creative and flexible enough to accommodate individual student needs. Catholic teachings regarding respect for persons and leadership through service are taught both in class and by example. Overall I couldn't imagine a better learning atmosphere.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child has really begun to thrive towards being a leader here at St Dominic. She loves the entire community; her teachers her class work studies and her friends. This school is truly a Parent involved and caring community.

  • (4 years ago)

    We are very pleased to send our kids to St. Dominic. This is truly an excellent school.

  • (4 years ago)

    We started at St. Dominic school when our oldest went there for pre-school. We did not plan on staying but did since the staff academics and atmosphere were fabulous!! We graduated 2 children from there and still have 1 there. Our older 2 proceeded onto the public high school and were very well prepared by placing on the honors/AP tracks. The pluses include 1 on 1 attention great teachers almost all of which have their Masters in Education. The few who don't are currently working on it. They have a computer lab which is part of the curriculum smart boards in every classroom spanish K-8 and and one of the best PE programs that exists. It is a loving nurturing and family like atmosphere which educates the child's whole self. They thread the spiritual piece into the curriculum in a way that is non-threatening and very upbeat. This shows in all the students that you meet. Our children believe that this piece in their lives have helped set the foundation for what is a very competitive multicultural world that we live in. We are very grateful for St. Dominic School and their level of commitment to their students!!

  • (4 years ago)

    We are proud to have had 3 kids graduate from St. Dominic. All placed into honors classes and programs in high school. Their strong language arts experience particularly has set them apart from peers coming from other schools. They have found the rigor they were exposed to at St. Dominic has more than prepared them for the academic challenges they face in high school and beyond. Small class size individual attention leadership program strong spiritual foundation and opportunities for academic challenge all have had a lasting impact long after graduation.

  • (4 years ago)

    We really love St. Dominic! The teachers are dedicated and are superb at helping my child excel. Their passion for education is evident though they also keep learning fun . In addition to the strong level of instruction (including Physical education and the arts) we also love the school s atmosphere. Because St. Dominic is not a large school it is possible for my child (now in second grade) to know well and work with students in higher grades something I ve noticed that also benefits the older students (they want to be good examples for their young charges).

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm one of six kids in my family and we all attended St. Dominic. It's a fantastic education. I was extremely well prepared for high school at Laurel -- much more prepared than many of my peers from private and public schools. It's a hidden gem of a school that a lot of people haven't heard of. Except the high schools all know about it because the kids coming from there are generally really well educated. I have always been advanced in my class and contrary to some older reviews there was plenty to keep me motivated. Plus the staff/teachers and the families are so caring and dedicated. I recommend St.Dominic highly!

  • (4 years ago)

    Worth every penny! This will be our 4th year at St. Dominic and we are extremely happy with it. We have children in Grades 3 and K. Our older child is quiet and we wanted a school where she wouldn't get lost in the shuffle. This is an ideal environment for children with small class sizes and vibrant really dedicated teachers. You feel like you are part of something much more than just a school. The entire staff really gets to know each child and helps each to find his/her strengths. The curriculum is challenging for all levels. The principal is new and makes a huge effort to keep families happy. However probably the most amazing thing is seeing the end product. SDS graduates are really impressive and wll prepared for any high school they choose.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a school in transition that is definitely headed in the right direction. The principal is starting her third year at the school and has things headed in the right direction increasing student accountability and responsibility and tightening discipline. This is a real up and coming school that caps class size at a lower level than most Catholic Schools

  • (8 years ago)

    As a parent of St. Dominic School children I can say I am more than pleased. We are fortunate to live in a city that has great schools but we chose St. Dominic. The teachers are amazing extracurricular activities are super as well. I love the fact my children are being exposed to a second language even in kindergarden. The school is small which makes children learn to get along with and like all people because you will be in school with them for the next 8 years. The best part of the education is there are minimal if any distractions in the classrooms because the teachers do not put up with it. So there for all children are learning instead of the teachers disiplining a few children that are disrupting the class. We could not be happier with St. Dominics under the leadership of Mrs. Cherney.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a former student of St. Dominic I can say that I learned many important values because of the educational atmosphere that the school provided. Academical however St. Dominic failed to challenge me above the average grade level. The small class sizes and lack of faculty focus meant that each class worked as quickly as their slowest learner. I left St. Dominic to attend Shaker Schools by choice after completing 6th grade. While it was an emotional decision Shaker Schools provided me with excellerated classes and more extra curricular options. St. Dominic is a good place to have younger kids develop into hard-working responsible students but the higher grade levels fail to push any academic growth. The atmosphere at St. Dominic School is slightly conservative. They do what they can with limited resourses. Unfortunatly Shaker Schools offers more opportunities. Administration was not effective with behavior problems. Good sense of community.

  • (9 years ago)

    Fair at best. Not worth the cost as the city schools are nationally competitive. This is not the place for academically gifted children as there are no offerings for bright children. If you prefer the status of telling your friends that your child atends private education perhaps. Otherwise check other options.

  • (9 years ago)

    Academic quality at St Dominic is very strong. In a city with the strong public schools and the highest tax rate in the State of Ohio St D. has to be strong in order to compete. The music program has improved dramatically in the last couple of years. This year they competed in the Ohio State ensamble competition for the first time. Basketball is king at St D. The small school has regularily sent teams to the City Championships and last year the Boys made it to the Final 4. Sports that are not offered are shared with neighboring St Ann and Gesu. Overall I have had two children go through St D and it has been a wonderful experience.

  • (10 years ago)

    St. Dominic is a hidden jewel for families looking for a nurturing faith based education for their children. The academic programs are solid and under the current principal advancing with new ideas. Student Achievement is measured anually with the use of the Iowa Tests of Basic skills. Music private instrument lessons Band Art Spanish in K-8th grade and religion are included with the outstanding standard curriculum. Hot lunch before and aftercare programs are also provided daily. Sports are offered through the Christian Youth Organization (CYO). Enrollment is capped at 25/class. With a student population averaging 200 your child is part of a family. Children are paired with prayer partners of different ages to promote understanding and appreciation for each other. Teachers volunteers working in the school know your child by name creating a valued sense of belonging for your child. This paired with academics create a formative environment in which every child thrives.

  • (10 years ago)

    A good school but not great. Not the place for your superstar learner as he/she will not be particularly challenged. Very good values as you would expect from a Catholic school. The lower grade teachers are very good but some of the upper grade teachers are mediocre at best. It's more expensive than other surrounding Catholic schools. St Dom's really should combine with another parish to keep the cost at a reasonable level but the parish administration likes the status of having their own parish school. If my child weren't already established there and nearing graduation we'd move her. Good school but not really worth the cost.

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