• Overview

    Western Hills University High School is an intensive college-preparatory school dedicated to the GRAD Cincinnati program, which focuses on students with the goal of going to college.

    Teams of teachers and students work toward improving student learning with better student-teacher relationships, student accountability and home-to-school communication, to ensure all students achieve academic, social and personal success.

    GRAD Cincinnati awards college scholarships to all students who fulfill requirements by the end of senior year. The goal of GRAD Cincinnati, a privately funded organization, is to increase high school graduation rates and ensure that graduates are prepared to do well in college.

    • Students in grades 7-10 focus on core academic subjects with the goal of passing the state reading and math assessments, and preparing for college entrance exams.
    • Juniors and seniors continue with demanding college preparatory courses in English, math, science and social studies, including seminar work and electives.
    • Students earn college credits in their junior and senior years through a partnership with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
    • Western Hills students have access to Advance Placement (AP) courses.
    • Teacher teams work with the same students for one year or more to improve student academic achievement.
    • Students wear uniforms daily to keep the focus on class work.

    GRAD Cincinnati students must:

    • maintain a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) and graduate on time
    • attend a Summer Bridge program
    • participate in Summer Institute programs

    Earn Credentials in Emergency Medical Services Pathway

    Through a partnership with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Western Hills University High School offers the Emergency Medical Services Pathway. This pathway allows students the no-cost opportunity to explore, pursue and earn the EMT-Basic Certificate.

    Careers in this field are expected to grow 23 percent by 2022. Students can earn transferable college credits, participate in college-level work and be well on their way to careers in the EMS Pathway, which includes emergency medical technicians (EMT), firefighters, police officers, security personnel and more.

    • Explore: 7th- through 12th-graders explore pathway courses to learn about related topics.
    • Pursue: 9th- through 12th-graders engage in coursework focused on this career field, which can lead to eligibility to enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician Program to pursue certification.
    • Earn: 12th-graders enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician Program, and, upon successful completion, will test and can earn certification.

    Course Offerings by Grade Level:

    • 7th and 8th Grade: American Criminal Justice System
    • 9th, 10th and 11th Grade: Foundations of Public Safety
    • 12th Grade Students: Emergency Medical Technician Program, English 12
    • College: Continue coursework to gain advancement and additional certifications

    High School Course Guide

    Our High School Course Guide details the opportunities and resources available to our high school students. Students and their families are encouraged to use the High School Course Guide to plan their educational pathway. The guide includes course descriptions, information about early college credit and alternative credit programs, and more. Graduation requirements, grade reporting, report cards and other policies and procedures are also included in the guide.

    My Tomorrow Initiative

    Cincinnati Public Schools My Tomorrow*ed has expanded to all grades served at Western Hills University High School. For additional information about the Initiative and what it means to your students, visit My Tomorrow*ed.