About Padua

Founded in 1961 as a school for boys, Padua Franciscan became co-educational in 1983 and is now the second-largest Catholic high school in northeast Ohio. Padua is officially chartered by the State of Ohio as a college-preparatory school and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. An Ohio corporation, Padua was founded by the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart of Saint Louis, Missouri, and bases its educational philosophy on the life and spirituality of Saint Francis of Assisi. As a school in the Franciscan tradition, its mission is to develop the unique talents of each student, while giving them the skills they need to succeed in college and beyond