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The Seven Hills Academic Readiness Program (SHARP) is designed to provide students from underrepresented communities a path to private school educational opportunities.

Our two SHARP programs: Sharp Summer and Sharp School Year

Sharp School Year 2023-24 — REGISTRATION open now! 

The Seven Hills Academic Readiness Program, offered during the fall and early winter, known as SHARP School Year, provides interested students, who will be in grades 4-8 during the 2023-24 school year, with useful information to help them successfully navigate the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), as well as providing hands-on learning opportunities for students who are considering pursuing and education at a Cincinnati area private school.

The SHARP School Year session is open to students who will be enrolled in grades 4-8 for the 2023-24 school year, who are considering applying to a local independent school such as Seven Hills for the 2024-25 or 2025-26 school years.

SHARP School Year session consists of eight classes that will take place on Thursdays from 6:15-8 p.m. at The Seven Hills School Hillsdale Campus.

Nov. 30, 2023 Jan. 11, 2024

The Seven Hills School
Hillsdale Campus
5400 Red Bank Road
Cincinnati, OH 45227

Dec. 7, 2023 Jan. 18, 2024
Dec. 14, 2023 Jan. 25, 2024
Jan. 4, 2024 Feb. 1, 2024

During the SHARP School year Program students will:

  • Prepare for the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE), the Seven Hills admissions essay, and other aspects of the independent school admission process
  • Engage in fun and challenging learning activities across subject areas
  • Explore Seven Hills arts programs, experiential learning, and athletics
  • Meet current students and alumni

Register today!


Sharp Summer 2024 

Seven Hills’ Summertime Academic Readiness Program, called SHARP Summer, is a two-week session in July and August designed to provide interested students who have completed the grades 4-8 in the 2023-24 school year and will be entering grades 5-9 for the 2024-25 school year. SHARP Summer provides rising fifth through ninth graders with opportunities to learn about and sample some of the academic and extracurricular programs from The Seven Hills School. 

During the SHARP Summer Program students will:

  • Engage in fun and challenging hands-on learning activities across subject areas
  • Explore Seven Hills arts and athletics programs
  • Meet Seven Hills students and alumni
  • Either: 
       •Prepare for the Independent School Entrance Examination [ISEE] (for students who have not yet applied for enrollment at Seven Hills) 
      • Prepare for life at Seven Hills: refresher lessons in various subjects, summer reading support, technology orientation (for newly enrolled students who will begin at Seven Hills in August 2024)


What do Parents of SHARP students say?

“[Seven Hills’ SHARP  Program] opened my child’s eyes to the possibilities of what they can learn and accomplish in school. Also having experience with and seeing sample ISEE tests was invaluable for setting expectations during the test.”
– Kimberli, parent of SHARP School Year participant

“He had a good time. He enjoyed being there each week and getting to know the other kids and teachers.”
– Parent of a SHARP School Year participant

“It was great and very informative!”
– Chanel, parent of a SHARP School Year participant

“Excellent program. Really helped me as a parent to better understand the ISEE test. Also having the parents come in and discuss their school experience.”
– Parent of a SHARP School Year participant

“It was fun, awesome and we cannot wait to come back. I really enjoyed it and want to go back already! We are looking forward to joining the SHARP program during the school year.
 SHARP Summer participant.

“The time was great, the teachers, helpers, staff were cheerful, inviting, helpful and made this experience fun for my children. One of my daughters had a rough experience in fourth-grade math this past school year. After her first day of SHARP she said she liked math again! They both enjoyed their time at SHARP and it set the tone for them going into the fifth grade. They were ready to go, they have more confidence in their abilities and they are eager to learn.”
– Parent of two SHARP Summer participants

“All the teachers and student volunteers were very helpful. We enjoyed the career day the most. Field day and field trip days were the other favorites.”
– Parent of a SHARP participant

“My daughter loved shadowing!”
– Minet, parent of a SHARP School year participant

“It was great to meet the students, teachers, former students, coaches, and parents who came to speak and answer questions. 
– Parent of a SHARP School Year participant

“I was glad I could take part and learn so much more about the school, not just from the administration folks, but from the current families, as well.”
– Parent of SHARP School Year participant

“SHARP was an excellent experience for my sone. He learned many new tips and concepts for test preparation. It was a great motivating environment.”

“We loved the alumni session. It was very insightful and encouraging.”
– Parent of SHARP School Year participant

“Sydney enjoyed the daily programming and was excited to talk about her day when I picked her up!”
– Michael

“The ISEE prep was very valuable.”
– Nikkie

“My child is already an enthusiastic learner, however SHARP greatly enhanced that! He looked forward to attending everyday and had a terrific time.”
– Marla

“Having experienced learning programs in other parts of the world, I was delighted to see a lively and vibrant learning experience for my son.”
– Herman

“We liked the mix of project-based and real-world learning and application.”
– Parent of  a SHARP School Year participant


SHARP is designed to offer students from historically underrepresented communities a clearer path to the opportunities available at Seven Hills and similar schools. Our school year and summer programs offer application assistance, entrance test preparation, academic enrichment and opportunities to learn more about the Seven Hills School and its community. We will either facilitate application to Seven Hills and help students find advantageous placement at other schools when appropriate.

We look forward to welcoming curious, eager learners who are seeking academic challenge. The program is designed to serve students who are historically underrepresented at independent schools. SHARP is open to students who are currently in grades 5 through 9 who are not yet Seven Hills students and who are considering applying. The SHARP summer program is also open to students who will be attending Seven Hills for the first time in the fall.

All students who participate in SHARP will benefit from the personal attention and low student-teacher ratios characteristic of learning at Seven Hills. SHARP students, in both the school year and the summer programs, will enjoy innovative hands-on learning activities across a range of subject areas. With both SHARP programs, students have opportunities to explore Seven Hills arts and athletics. SHARP School Year and SHARP Summer Program also include opportunities to meet current Seven Hills students and families as well as alumni and faculty.

Students who have not yet applied to Seven Hills will also receive instruction focused on preparing for the ISEE (the Independent School Entrance Exam); this test preparation instruction will help students with other admissions tests, such as the HSPT as well.

SHARP students who go on to apply to Seven Hills will be granted waivers for test and application fees and be given priority consideration for admission and financial aid, including specially facilitated shadow visits.

SHARP Summer Program students who have already enrolled at Seven Hills for the upcoming school year will participate in refresher classes in math and language arts, receive school-issued technology in advance, and have opportunities to meet teachers and classmates in advance of the first day of classes.

The SHARP School Year session is designed for students considering applying for the upcoming school year or the following school year. SHARP School Year meets on weekday evenings for a series of weeks from November through January, culminating shortly before an ISEE test date. This program includes academic activities, ISEE preparation, and special opportunities in the arts and athletics. In addition, the SHARP School Year program has a parallel program for SHARP parents, designed to provide them an opportunity to meet Seven Hills parents and faculty members, learn about Seven Hills programs, and talk one-on-one about the admissions process.

The SHARP Summer session is designed both for students considering applying in the future and for students who are enrolled for the first time for the upcoming school year. This two-week all-day program offers more extended academic and extracurricular opportunities, including field trips. There will also be brief information sessions for parents during the course of SHARP Summer, as well as a closing celebration to which parents are invited.

Students may (in fact, are encouraged to) participate in both SHARP sessions. Students who participate in the SHARP summer program before applying might also participate the following summer if they have enrolled and are preparing for their first school year at Seven Hills.

The  SHARP School Year program is offered during the fall/winter months, in evening sessions, The program provides interested students useful information to help them successfully navigate the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), as well as providing hands-on learning opportunities for students who are considering pursuing and education at a Cincinnati area private school.

Typical Session in SHARP School Year

6:00-6:30 pm

Brain games/ snack time. Parents enjoy the library lounge and fireplace

6:30-7:00 pm

ISEE prep- learn insider tricks for reading section of the entrance exam and practice; parents meet with teachers from the Fine Arts Department and get a tour of the student art galleries

7:00-7:30 p.m.

Work on designing a backpack for your favorite fictional character using the principles of design thinking; SHARP parents get a chance to ask questions and socialize

7:30-8:00 p.m.

Have a special alumni guest teach the percussion instrument “bones” and show off with a performance for the parents!


The SHARP Summer program runs for two weeks in July and August from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Hillsdale Campus. Activities are designed for two sets of students: those who will be attending Seven Hills for the first time in the fall and those who are considering a private school education, but haven’t yet applied. Both groups participate in academic enrichment, exploratory activities and educational field trips. Prospective students receive entrance test preparation and application support. Future students receive assistance in preparing for the school year, in areas such as technology, campus orientation, and summer assignment support. As with the school year, the summer program includes guest instructors from different departments and visits from alumni and current students. Lunch is provided and students will have an opportunity to utilize the school’s athletic and recreational facilities. Parents of SHARP students will have an opportunity to meet with admissions staff during the summer program.

Example of a Typical Day in SHARP Summer

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Morning check in

Bond with my fellow SHARP students, play a raucous round of UNO.

9:00-9:10 a.m.

Question of the day

Answer life’s important questions, such as, “if you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?” 

9:15-10:00 a.m.

First block: Math

Five minute math drill for my self-selected area of improvement; work on scale models of the ArtWorks murals we saw on our Friday field trip.

10:05-10:50 a.m.

Second block: Language Arts

Write a journal entry and read my instructor’s response to my entry from yesterday; play a charades-pictionary combo to practice root words and prefixes

10:50-11:00 a.m.


Have a snack and hang out with new friends from SHARP

11:05-11:25 a.m.


Get comfortable on the library couches and listen to my novel in verse on audio.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Third block: ISEE

Learn insider tricks for Seven Hill’s entrance exam.

12:15-12:50 p.m.

Lunch and recess

Have pizza with SHARP and Seven Hills students; win the four square tournament

12:55-1:25 p.m.

Community meeting

Decorate kindness rocks to place around the community to try to brighten someone’s day

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Afternoon activity

Refine my group’s duct tape boat design and test it before the competition.

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Afternoon wrap up

Share my SHARP highlight for the day to put up on the board and give a SHARP Shoutout to my groupmate for his leadership. 

SHARP participants who enroll at Seven Hills will be invited to ongoing school year programming designed to ensure that their transition to The Seven Hills School community is positive and that they feel supported. Once SHARP graduates will also have leadership opportunities within SHARP.

All SHARP students have access to fee waivers for the ISEE test and for the Seven Hills admissions process. Partial scholarships may also be available for SHARP Summer Program fees. SHARP participants who apply to Seven Hills will be eligible to apply for tuition assistance, including scholarship funding set aside for SHARP participants. Contact us at or contact Meredith Brown, SHARP Coordinator, at for further information.


Please refer to the registration form for additional information. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or 513.728.2400, or reach out directly to SHARP Coordinator Meredith Brown at or 513.728.2454.