School Profile

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Padua Franciscan High School is located at 6740 State Road in Parma, Ohio; it can be reached from I-77 via the Pleasant Valley Road exit. Travel west on Pleasant Valley Road to State Road; turn north. The school is on the west side, approximately one mile north of Pleasant Valley Road.

From I-71 North or South: Exit at Bagley Road (Pleasant Valley Road), travel east on Bagley/Pleasant Valley to State Road, turn north on State, travel one mile to the high school.

From I-480: Exit at State Road, travel south approximately three miles to the high school.

Administrative Team

President: Fr. Allan DaCorte, ofm, M.Div.
Principal: Mr. David G. Stec, ’86 M.A.
Vice Principal: Br. Tom Carroll, O.F.M., M.A.
Assistant Principal of Young Men: Mr. Bob DiRocco
Assistant Principal of Young Women: Mrs. Elizabeth Oles Smith
Director of Counseling: Mr. Andy Shuman ’95
VP of Mission & Ministry:  Mr. Stephen Suding, M.A., M. Div.
Director of Campus Ministry: Mr. Matthew Harley, M.A.
Director of Athletics: Mr. Kevin Leigh ’89, M.A.                                                                          Director of Communications and Public Relations: Mrs. Rachel DeGirolamo ’02

High School Facts

Founded in 1961, Padua Franciscan High School is a coed college preparatory high school with approximately 780 students. The school year consists of two 90-day semesters with four 9-week grading periods. The school day consists of eight 41-minute periods and a 26-minute lunch period. Administrators, faculty, counselors and staff total 130. Fifty-five have a master’s degree or beyond and several hold a PH.D.


Padua is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, as well as the Ohio Catholic Accrediting Association.  Padua holds a college preparatory charter from the State of Ohio.

Graduation Requirements

A total of 24 credits are required for graduation, including:  Theology, 4 credits; Social Studies, 3 credits; Mathematics, 3 credits (4 credits as of 2014); Foreign Language, 2 credits; Science, 3 credits (3 lab sciences as of 2013); Fine Arts, 1 credit; Physical Education, 1/2 credit; Health, 1/2 credit; Computer Science, 1/2 credit, and 2 1/2 credits of electives.  All Padua Franciscan students are required to perform yearly Christian Service.

Padua offers 36 Honors classes and 13 Advanced Placement classes.


Six certified counselors provide a comprehensive counseling program.

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Padua Franciscan High School is both an SAT and an ACT test administration center.  We offer the PSAT/NMSQT each October on the Wednesday test date.

SAT/ACT School Code:  364018

Special Services

Learning Disability and Remedial Services are available.

Mrs. Mary Zolkowski
Intervention Specialist (Monday-Friday)
Phone: 440.845.2444 x149 Fax: 440.845.5710

Mrs. Carolyn Chunyo
Intervention Specialist/Tutor (Monday-Friday)

Mrs. Sal Karanouh-Schuler
School Psychologist (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Phone: 440.888.3440 Fax: 440.845.5710

Mrs. Carli Gross ’03 
Speech Pathologist
Phone: 440.845.2444 x267 Fax: 440.845.5710

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College Representatives

Padua Franciscan High School welcomes college representatives.  Please contact Mrs. Marti Holzheimer, Counseling Department Secretary, at least three weeks in advance.

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MTInstituted with the entry of the Class of 2013, MedTrack is an advanced science and math program for highly motivated students with strong interest in one of the myriad of careers in healthcare.  Combining a spirituality rooted in the lives of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi with both a rigorous academic curriculum and many hours of direct contact experiences with a range of healthcare professionals, the program seeks to prepare students in the Franciscan healing tradition for a lifetime of service in careers related to science and medicine.

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