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Annual Report

The Seven Hills School Annual Report offers information about the financial health of the school and acknowledges the generous support of the families and friends of The Seven Hills School. This yearly publication, released each fall, provides an overview of the achievements of the past academic year.


Seven Hills Magazine is published on a biannual basis in the spring and fall. The publication is mailed to our alumni, current parents, and friends of the school. Each magazine offers an in-depth look at signature programs in the Seven Hills community. In its pages readers find profiles of innovative programs, engaged learning, and high-achieving alumni.


Seven Hills School chief Chris Garten to exit; search underway for replacement

Doherty Unit III performs “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

Middle School performs “Dear Edwina Jr.”

SNAAP Presents Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Workshop: a celebration of culture

Students perform at Honors Recital

Arts Alive coming soon!

Freshman becomes Overture finalist

AAA hosts Adoria Maxberry

Middle School production of “Dear Edwina Jr.”

Doherty Unit II students combine fairytales with music

Lotpseich Pre-k designs alphabet soup

Upper School students claim prestigious Overture awards

Third graders build unmeltable snowpeople

Upper School students design foam sculptures

Fifth graders practice for their upcoming music recital

Unit III learns about the art spectrum while escaping

Upper School winter production shines light on dangerous 1920s workplace conditions

Upper School instrumental concert

Upper School choir concert

Middle School instrumental concert

Middle School choir concert

Seventh grader plays at Carnegie Hall

Upper School performs “The Addams Family”

Eighth graders create tessellation projects

Pre-k students think outside of the box in the Red Barn

Upper School students green-light the new green-screen

Sixth graders use conductive thread to make light-up pillows

Sophomores analyze and enjoy “Macbeth”

Fifth-graders perform “Thwacked”

Fifth-graders learn frame-making

First-graders use music with boomwhackers

Upper School students learn color blending

Student instrumentalists selected to join prestigious regional, state symphonies

Students prepare a spooktacular fright of a show

Upper Students learn foundational ceramic skills

Fourth-graders’ learning takes flight with multi-subject collaboration

Lower School Students Explore Strings

Middle School Theater Journeys Down the Rabbit Hole

Upper School Students Learn the Art of Animation 

Exercising Creativity in Ceramics

Junior Hosts TEDx at The Schiff Center

Upper School Chorus Performs in The Schiff Center

Middle Schoolers Perform “An Afternoon of Instrumental Music”

Upper School Symphonic and Contemporary Ensembles Hold Concert in The Schiff Center

Upper School Theatre Rocks “American Idiot”

Doherty Virtual Art Show

Unit I Studies and Performs Folk Songs

Middle School Presents “An Evening of Scenes”

Practice, Practice: Instrumentalists Prepare for Upcoming Spring Concerts

DIY Chia Pets in Sixth-grade Art

Virtual Art Show at Doherty

Music in Springtime

Studying General Composition in Unit III Art

Building an Imaginary Structure in Creative Dramatics

Practicing for the Spring Concert!

Students Soon to Use New Professional Backdrop in Film and Animation Class

Middle Theater to put on “Shrek”—Free Live-Streamed Performance Saturday—Feb. 27!

Seven Hills Students Claim Rare Recognition with Cincinnati’s Overture Awards

Plaster Carving in Upper School Art

Form and Function—Shoe Painting in Middle School Art

Doherty Campus Celebrates Lunar New Year through Dance

Overture Awards

Upper School Presents Series of Student-Written Plays

Studying the Works of Author/Illustrator Faith Ringgold

Improv in First Grade

Learning the Art of Stage Combat

Lessons in Soft Sculpture

Wonders with Watercolor

Pre-kindergartners Blend Art with Kindness

Upper School Theater Highlights

Getting a Kick Out of Still Life

Senior Receives National YoungArts Award for Classical Music Accomplishments

Ceramics in Pre-kindergarten

ECC Enjoys Virtual Visit with Schoolhouse Symphony

Student Musicians Shine through Obstacles Presented by Pandemic

Experiencing the Joy of Singing together through Challenges

Unit III Music Students Learn Unique Percussive Techniques

Book Design—Cover to Cover

Fourth-graders Study Work of Kehinde Wiley

Learning the Art of Grafitti

Tapping into Kandinsky

Middle and Upper School Instrumental Ensembles Prepare for Winter Concert

Upper Delivers “War of the Worlds” at The Schiff Center

The Making of a 3-D Pumpkin Patch

Theater Students Produce “Midnight Express” Play at Alms Park

Upper Chorus Practicing for Upcoming Performance

The Seven Hills School Tops Rankings in Cincinnati

Multiculturalism through Music

Studying Molas in Art

Building Safe Spaces for Beautiful Sounds

Visualizing Music

Improv in First Grade

Drawing and Shading Drills in Upper School Art

Rhythm in Music

One-point Perspective

Improv at the DAC

Upper School Theater Wins Cappie Award

Upper School Student Art Displayed in Virtual Gallery

Second-graders Hold Virtual Recital

Upper School Theater Students Soar in online play

Step-by-Step Drawing Class for Lotspeich Art Students

Moving and Shaking in Pre-kindergarten

Visual Arts and Music Teachers Deliver Joint Lesson for Doherty First-Graders

Doherty Students Take on Art Challenge

Choral Students Prepare Virtual Choir Recordings

Painting for Meaning

Seven Hills Upper Theater Earns 16 CAPPIES nominations

Sharing a Message of Hope and Gratitude Through Art

Students Flip the Script with Movie Poster Project

Arts Alive — Fine and Performing Arts Festival — April 4!

New All School Event Arts Alive Gets Underway

Upper School Stages “All In The Timing”

Enlightening Art

Illusionary Art in Third Grade

The Beginning of a Collaborative Fourth- and Fifth-grade Musical

Reactive Glass Panel Work

Upper Theater Students to Put on 7 One-Act Plays

Middle School Instrumental Ensembles

Upper School Symphonic and Contemporary Instrumental Ensembles

Upper School Chorus Performs Beautifully at The Schiff Center

Voices Soar During Middle School Winter Choral Concert

Lotspeich Second-graders Perform Holiday Show

Seven Hills Junior Receives National Award for Classical Music Accomplishments

Seven Hills Upper Theater Delivers Brilliant Performance in The Schiff Center

Junior Saxophonist Performs in Select Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra

Sophomore Violinist Leads Initiative to Donate Instruments to Young Musicians

General Art Upper School Students Use Emotion as Medium

Seven Hills Junior Achieves Perfect Composite ACT Score

Junior Violinist Competes in Germany

Seven Hills Instrumentalists Earn Gold Medal from Australia Performance

Fifth-grade Musical Tells the Story of “Cinderella”

Middle Schoolers Put on a “Pirate Show”

Eighth-grader Places Second in Hyde Park Art Show

Student Instrumentalists Selected to Join Prestigious Regional, State Symphonies

School House Symphony Performs on the Doherty Campus

Lotspeich Second-graders Create Accordion Books

Learning Landscape Painting

Learning Art History By Concentration

Upper School Students See Pulitzer-Prize-winning Play

Instrument Fair

“Hairspray” Coming to the Schiff!

Freshman Receives Regional Award for Short Film

Seven Hills senior earns first chair placement in Regional Orchestra

Seven Hills Instrumentalists to Perform in Citywide and Regional Orchestras

Seven Hills Students Nominated for, Win Cappies

Upper Theater Nails Drowsy Chaperone

Seven Hills Senior Named Presidential Scholar

Freshman, Senior Advance to Final Round of Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Awards

Press Releases

With so many exciting lessons, events, and more happening in the halls of Seven Hills, we often share our news with the Cincinnati community. Press releases feature stories sent to news outlets in the area, as well as pieces about Seven Hills in the news.

Head of School Chris Garten Announces Retirement

Seven Hills received 141 Scholastic Writing Awards

“Grey’s Anatomy” Star, Alum Visits Seven Hills for Civic Engagement Day


Sophomore to Perform Solo with CSO

The Seven Hills School Announces Presidential Scholar Semifinalist


Art, Language Collide in Chinese Class

Seven Hills Students Named Finalists in Youth Poetry Slam Contest

Semester in Review

The Semester in Review, released at the closing of fall semester, compiles highlights from The Buzz. The publication takes a look back at special projects, programs, and accomplishments of our students and faculty during the first half of the year.