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Santa Maria Community Services: Literacy Center West

Listing Last Update: July 3, 2019


3208 Warsaw Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45204

Primary Contact

Lyndsi Fitzsimmons

(513) 557-7254

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my workforce skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

Program Overview

Santa Maria Community Services offers free High School Equivalency preparation and test registration services to individuals age 16+ in an effort to develop a community which empowers individuals to improve their lives and neighborhoods through education, while inspiring them to work, learn, and grow.

The services combine classroom, small group, and one-on-one instruction to prepare students to take the Ohio HSE tests.

The fundamental premise behind these free services are to use education to break generational cycles of poverty. High School Equivalency preparation classes prepare students to take the Ohio HSE examinations and/or increase their basic skills to a functioning level. We believe that education is the most important vehicle to better employment and self-sufficiency, and we seek to develop character and civic responsibility within those who participate in our programs through positive interactions and relationship building with staff and volunteers.

Mission Statement

Santa Maria Community Services is a catalyst and advocate for Cincinnati's Greater Price Hill families to attain their educational, financial, and health goals. We provide more than 4,000 individuals with educational tools and resources to build strong families, promote healthy residents, and foster neighborhood revitalization. Santa Maria's vision is for Greater Price Hill to be a vibrant, thriving, and self-sustaining community. Our Price Hill Family Centers provide a welcoming environment and the coaching, support, and flexibility to assist families to achieve their identified goals toward stabilization and self-sufficiency.

Hours of operation: M-W 9 am - 7:30 pm; TH 9am - 1 pm

Cost info: Santa Maria covers all GED testing fees as well as practice test fees. We also provide transportation in the form of bus tickets to assist in getting to and from class.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"I've never met a group of people more genuine than my Santa Maria team. They NEVER gave up on me and NEVER
allowed me to give up on myself. I got knocked down but they helped me get right back up. I had days where I didn't even wanna get out of bed and go to school and they still never doubted me. I AM forever grateful for my teachers and the staff at Santa Maria, I truly cannot express how good of people they really are." - recent graduate

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