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Choosing a private school

If choosing a private school is in your future, consider the following factors to find the right school for your child. Read More » 

Listing of Private Schools

All Saints of St. John Vianney School
28702 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe
(440) 943-1395

All Saints of St. John Vianney School in Wickliffe is a vibrant elementary and middle school attracting students from Mentor, Willoughby, Willoughby Hills, Wickliffe, Willowick, Eastlake, Euclid and various other communities in the area.  With a history of academic excellence, All Saints develops independent leaders, academically prepared individuals who are effective communicators.  Located on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28702 Euclid Avenue, the school offers a faith-based, technology-enriched learning environment for students in preschool through eighth grade.

Their core curriculum includes religion, math, language arts, social studies, science and computer science.  All-day pre-K, Latin, music, art, and physical education are also offered, in addition to extracurricular sports and activities.  The school’s highly experienced teachers and staff are dedicated to helping students achieve their fullest potential and meet the diverse educational needs of students and their families.

All Saints is committed to preparing 21st-century thinkers and learners, as well as good stewards of the Catholic church, empowering students to thrive in high school, college and beyond.

Cleveland Montessori
12510 Mayfield Road, Cleveland
(216) 421-0700

Cleveland Montessori is celebrating over 20 years of serving the children of Greater Cleveland.  The school's main campus is located in the newly renovated, historic Alta House.  Students in preschool through middle school thrive within this unique urban campus inclusive of Little Italy and University Circle. A Cleveland Montessori education looks at each child’s individual potential academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.  Their students become independent thinkers with compassionate hearts.

The authentic Montessori curriculum incorporates a variety of opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom to the culturally rich neighborhood of Little Italy.  Their proximity to University Circle provides many extensions for cultural and scientific exploration setting the stage for an experience rich in diversity, growth and joy. Cleveland Montessori operates on a school year calendar, September to June.  Call to arrange a personal tour or visit their website for more information.

Communion of Saints School
2160 Stillman Road, Cleveland Hts.
(216) 932-4177
[email protected]

Communion of Saints School was established in 2010 with the merger of four parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland.  The school continues the legacy of Saint Ann School, which began in 1916.  In September of 2010, Communion of Saints School was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, an honor bestowed on only 50 private schools nationwide.

The curriculum of Communion of Saints School attempts to ensure that academic success is attained by all of their students.  As a Catholic school, their program is permeated with a spirit of mutual respect and concern for each individual.  They utilize a curriculum developed by the Diocese of Cleveland in compliance with the Ohio State Standards.

Enrollment for the 2018/2019 school year will begin in February for preschool through eighth grade. Communion of Saints School accepts the EdChoice Scholarship for kindergarten through grade eight.

Corpus Christi Academy
5655 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst
(440) 449-4242

Gesu Catholic School
2450 Miramar Blvd., University Hts.
(216) 932-0620

Gesu Catholic School is excited to announce the opening of their STREAM Center!  An educational community in the Jesuit tradition, Gesu Catholic School offers students the opportunity to integrate the disciplines of science, technology, religion, engineering, art and math into learning experiences.  Visit and see their students actively engaged in the classrooms and their two Makerspaces!  For preschool, kindergarten, or admission information for grades 1–8, please contact Judi Herbert at (216) 932-0620, ext. 117 or [email protected]

Gilmour Academy

34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills
(440) 473-8050
[email protected]

As an independent, Catholic school, Gilmour Academy stands alone in its ability to prepare students who thrive.  Their mission is rooted in educating the mind and empowering the heart, ensuring that every student develops to their fullest potential.  From 18 months to 18 years, everything at Gilmour – from the curriculum to the academic extension programs to extracurriculars – is focused on cultivating four enduring competencies that are most important in developing students as leaders of their generation.  Those enduring competencies are effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving, leadership and moral responsibility. These are introduced in the Montessori preschool programs, and then expanded upon and developed throughout the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.  Gilmour graduates emerge primed for the next step and confident in their ability to make the world a better place.

Gross Schechter Day School
27601 Fairmount Boulevard, Pepper Pike
(216) 763-1400

Hawken School
Lyndhurst Campus (Preschool–Grade 8)
5000 Clubside Road
(440) 423-2950
Gates Mills Campus (Grades 9–12)
Mayfield and County Line Roads in Gates Mills
(440) 423-2955

The Birchwood School of Hawken (Preschool–Grade 8)
4400 West 140th St., Cleveland
(216) 251-2321

University Circle Urban Extension Center
The Sally & Bob Gries Center for Experiential and Service Learning
10823 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland

At Hawken, they not only teach children to be great students, they encourage them to be great people.  Hawken School’s long tradition of nationally recognized, forward-focused programming emphasizes the development of the creative and critical thinking skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex and dynamic world.

They are a coeducational, diverse community committed to the development of both character and intellect.  Innovative schedules and state-of-the-art facilities, including the new Stirn Hall on the Gates Mills campus, optimize learning. From their Gries Center in University Circle, students participate in educational partnerships with world-renowned institutions.  With international study opportunities, STEMM internships, honors programs in entrepreneurial studies and engineering, fabrication labs, and a language program that begins at the pre-K level, students are prepared for all the opportunities the world offers.  Learn how Hawken can prepare your child for the future by attending or scheduling a visit.  Call 440-423-2955 or visit for more details.

Hershey Montessori School
(440) 357-0918
Concord Campus: 10229 Prouty Road
Huntsburg Campus: 11530 Madison Road

Hershey Montessori School is a leader of Montessori programs and is the first in the world to offer a complete continuum of Montessori education that includes Dr. Montessori’s vision of a residential program for adolescents where rigorous academics are integrated to land studies and the business of a working farm. 

Its individualized programs are comprised of multi-age classrooms that span three years and correspond to development needs.  These programs include the Parent-Infant Program (2 months to 12 months), the Young Child Community (12 to 36 months), Children’s House (3 to 6 ½ years), Elementary (6 to 12 years) and Adolescent Community (12 to 18 years).  While ensuring students accomplish the academic skills relevant to their grade equivalence, students can progress at their own pace, pursue their interests to go more deeply, and take on more challenging work as they are ready. For more information, call (440) 357-0918 or visit

Julie Billiart School
4982 Clubside Road, Lyndhurst
(216) 381-1191

Laurel School
(216) 464-0946
Lyman Campus: One Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights
Butler Campus: 7420 Fairmount Road, Russell Twp.

Laurel School, founded in 1896, is a nationally recognized college preparatory, independent day school for girls, kindergarten through grade 12, with a co-educational pre-primary.  Laurel students come from 74 communities in northeast Ohio.  Its traditional Lyman Campus is in Shaker Heights and its 140-acre Butler Campus is in Russell Township.  The Butler Campus is home to competitive athletics and outdoor experiential learning, including northeast Ohio’s only outdoor pre-primary school.

Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls (LCRG) was established in 2007, drawing on the school’s long history as a site of pioneering research on girls.  LCRG conducts and sponsors original research on girls, harnesses existing research to shape the day-to-day education of girls and connects parents and teachers with research findings relevant to raising and educating girls.
Save the Dates!

All-School Open House on October 15 and the Pre-Primary and Primary Schools Open House on January 6. Visit

Lawrence School
(440) 526-0717

Lower School (K–6)
1551 East Wallings Road, Broadview Heights
Upper School (7–12)
10036 Olde Eight Road, Sagamore Hills

Lawrence School is an independent day school serving students in grades K–12 with dyslexia, ADHD, and other language-based learning differences.  With its small classes, research-based methodologies, personalized instruction and hands-on learning opportunities, Lawrence removes barriers to learning and unleashes untapped potential in children from more than 80 communities throughout northeast Ohio.

With the help of positive, energetic and dedicated faculty, students find the tools that work best for them.  This includes technology, which like everything else at Lawrence, is taught, utilized, customized, and fully integrated for the sake of students.  It’s what comes naturally at a school that is committed to its mission, to constant improvement, and to putting kids first.
Lawrence School – where great minds don’t think alike – has two campus locations.  The Lower School campus in Broadview Heights serves students in grades K–6, while the 47-acre Upper School campus in Sagamore Hills serves students in grades 7–12.  Both locations are central to the greater Cleveland and Akron areas.

Mater Dei Academy
29840 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe
(440) 585-0800

Mater Dei Academy is committed to providing an excellent education in a loving, faith-filled environment. Students in preschool through grade eight are given the opportunity to discover and achieve while building on their Catholic moral values.

Their well-rounded, innovative and challenging curriculum provides students the opportunity to discover their own unique talents in a nurturing environment. With the help of dedicated educators, students are prepared spiritually, intellectually, and socially to achieve in the classroom and in society. Mater Dei students are accountable for their actions while caring for others and demonstrating responsibility for the world around them.

In addition, a wide variety of afterschool activities help students further broaden their horizons. Mater Dei is proud to offer science fiction and art clubs, spring musical, baton, American Sign Language and a variety of other activities.

Campus tours can be scheduled by calling the school office at 440-585-0800.

Mentor Christian School
8600 Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor
(440) 257-3172

Montessori School of University Heights
23599 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst
(216) 381-8388
The Montessori School of University Heights is a pre-primary school dedicated to helping the child become the unique person his/her Creator intended in a Christian atmosphere of peace, love, and respect. Their approach involves:
  • Providing comprehensive, individualized opportunities for growth. Each child is introduced to the materials as the child becomes ready for the concepts that the material embodies.  Children develop order, concentration, coordination, independence, and self-discipline.
  • Engaging children in a caring, supportive community. Their multi-age environment, serving children ages 3 through 6 years old, provides a family-like atmosphere. Children develop compassion and confidence.
  • Respecting each child's developmental abilities and personality. à Montessori children enjoy choosing their own work each day guided by adults who are sensitive to each child's unique personality. Children experience joy in learning.
They warmly encourage interested parents to schedule a personal tour.

The Music Settlement
11125 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland
(216) 421-5806, ext. 160
(Ohio City campus opens fall 2018)
[email protected]

Early Childhood at The Music Settlement has fostered a joy of learning since its founding in 1955. The first independent EC program in Cleveland to receive the coveted Step Up To Quality five star award by the state of Ohio.  TMS provides a community that encourages curiosity, collaboration, and discovery.

Half-day preschool, year-round day school, and full-day kindergarten provide engaging and creative experiences for children ages 3–6 years and are accredited by Universal Pre-Kindergarten and PRE4CLE. Arts for the Young programs encourage infants/toddlers and parents to participate in music exploration together.

High-quality early childhood education is linked to positive reading proficiency, higher school attendance, and an increased yearn to learn.

Curious?  Upcoming Open Houses:

University Circle
Nov. 12, 2017 and Jan. 7, 2018 from 1:00–2:30 p.m., or Jan. 17, 2018 from 5:30–7:00 p.m.
BOP STOP in Ohio City:
Jan. 21, 2018 from 1:00–2:30 p.m. and Jan. 24 from 5:30–7:00 p.m.

Notre Dame Elementary School
13000 Auburn Road, Chardon
(440) 279-1127
(440) 279-1129 Admissions

Notre Dame Elementary School (pre-K – 8) is sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame.  Celebrating God’s goodness and provident care, NDES educates children by nurturing dreams, excellence and success for transforming their lives and the world.

NDES was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2014.  In 2015 they received the Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education by the Ohio Academy of Science.  An outstanding curriculum centers on strong math and science programs, collaboration, experiential learning, tiered instruction, problem solving and critical thinking skills.  Students also participate in a wide variety of CYO athletics and extra-curricular activities including robotics, science Olympiad and drama.

Their programs are intertwined with a commitment to their faith and desire to serve others.
NDES empowers students by providing a strong foundation to pursue their dreams, achieve academic excellence, realize their full potential and succeed in making a positive difference in today’s world.

Our Lady of the Lake School  
175 East 200th Street, Euclid
(216) 481-6824

Our Shepherd Lutheran School
508 Mentor Avenue, Painesville (Across from Lake Erie College)
(440) 357-7776

Inspiring excellence for over 38 years by providing a Christ-centered education for kindergarten through eighth grade students, OSL is housed within the Zion Lutheran Church campus at 508 Mentor Avenue, Painesville; across from Lake Erie College.  Visit their website at, call (440) 357-7776, or email the admissions director at [email protected]  They hope to see you soon!

St. Anselm School
13013 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland
(440) 729-7806

St. Dominic School
3455 Norwood Rd., Shaker Heights
(216) 561-4400

St. Dominic School, located in Shaker Heights, is a Catholic, co-ed elementary school serving students in grades K–8 from more than 25 surrounding cities.

Their mission—to create confident, competent leaders—emanates into every aspect of school life and inspires students to become their very best.  With small student-teacher ratios, a top-notch curriculum, interactive boards in every classroom, science and technology labs, robust sports programs, and specials such as Spanish and music, every student has the opportunity to grow and thrive.  They are proud to be a National Blue Ribbon School and ensure their students not only meet the standards, but soar well above them.

Please join them for a Prospective Families Open House on Sunday, December 3 from 10 am to 1 pm, or visit their website at www.stdominic

St. Francis of Assisi School
6850 Mayfield Road, Gates Mills
(440) 442-7450

St. Gabriel Learning Loft Preschool & St. Gabriel School
9935 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Concord Township
(440) 352-6169

St. Gabriel School has been preparing its graduates for life through faith, learning, and love for over 50 years.

They strive to improve the education they offer by investing in the future leaders of tomorrow. Their buildings are equipped with researched technology. Most importantly, their teachers make the difference. Through loving kindness, compassion, and dedication, coupled with their skills and expertise, they ignite learning. They are a STEM designated school by ODE and implement the principles of STREAM while weaving faith and instilling a strong sense of purpose and service.  They offer My Buddy & Me class and preschool through eighth grade.

Discover how St. Gabriel Learning Loft and St. Gabriel School will enrich your child’s future. For Preschool call Ann at 440-354-7574. For grades JRK-8: Open Houses at 9 a.m. on the following Tuesdays: Oct 24, Nov 14, Kindergarten Meet & Greet on December 14 & 15. Call 440-354-7858 |

St. Helen Catholic School
12060 Kinsman Road, Newbury
(440) 564-7125
St. Helen School provides a loving family environment that will help students in preschool through grade 8 grow to become successful leaders and faith-filled children of God. 
St. Helen’s mission statement articulates a commitment to respecting the dignity of each person and developing leadership skills. 

A fully trained and accredited staff, excellent academic and religious programs, and numerous extracurricular activities continue to provide a solid foundation that ensures success in future educational endeavors.  St. Helen’s curriculum includes STREAM:  science, technology, religion, engineering, art and math along with graphic art and Spanish in grades K through 8.  Students participate in weekly liturgy and daily prayer.  For a tour or to register, call (440) 564-7125 or email [email protected]

St. Mary of the Assumption School & Wee Learn Preschool Program

8540 Mentor Avenue, Mentor
(440) 255-9781
St. Mary of the Assumption School in Mentor has been a model of excellence and virtue to the children of northeast Ohio since 1952.  St. Mary’s provides a warm, safe, supportive and nurturing Christ- centered environment.  They provide opportunities for children to learn and grow in their faith both academically and socially.

Their curriculum provides students with an education that challenges them to live faith-filled lives and succeed in high school and beyond. Students have access to the latest technology including laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, 3-D printers,  and Google Classroom.
Students can begin their education with preschool and pre-K “Wee Learn Program” & continue to their fully accredited, coed Catholic school for grades K–8.  Tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities are available.

Please join them on February 4, 2018 for 10 a.m. Mass followed by an open house from 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. You can tour the Wee Learn Preschool, K–8 classrooms and meet the administration, faculty and staff.

St. Mary School Chardon
401 North Street, Chardon
(440) 286-3590
St. Mary School Chardon is the only Ohio Department of Education designated STEM school in Geauga County and one of only 44 in the entire state!  St. Mary Chardon invites you to come learn more about the excellent academic, faith-filled education offered to students from preschool through eighth grade.

Academic programs and extracurricular activities are designed to stimulate curiosity, develop critical thinking, and foster the desire for lifelong learning.

St. Mary Chardon has sent students to the Ohio State Science Fair for the past 3 years and is also a Cleveland Clinic Banner School and multiple Thomas Edison STEM Award winner.  St. Mary Chardon students receive an excellent academic foundation and are prepared to live a faith-filled life in contemporary society.  Come and experience all that St. Mary Chardon has to offer!

St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School
5360 Wilson Mills Rd., Highland Hts.
(440) 442-6766
Recipient of the Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM education for six consecutive years, Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School educates students in grades pre-K through eight.  Its mission is to foster Christ-centered values while cultivating a strong academic curriculum in an environment of dignity and respect. 

Offering a program that prepares students for their secondary education and beyond, the faculty and staff recognize each student as an individual with unique gifts.  They truly care about their students and are dedicated to helping each child succeed and attain his or her academic and spiritual potential.

The academic program is aligned with diocesan, state and national standards.  In addition, Saint Paschal Baylon offers daily religion instruction, Spanish (pre-k through 8), fine arts, service learning opportunities, co-curricular activities, gifted education classes, as well as psychological, speech/language, intervention, and learning disability services.  Please call the school for more information or to schedule a tour.

Ss. Robert & William Catholic School
351 East 260th Street, Euclid
(216) 731-3060

University School

Kindergarten to Grade 8
20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Heights
(216) 321-8260
Grades 9 to 12
2785 SOM Center Rd., Hunting Valley
(216) 831-2200

As an all-boys’ school, University School focuses on learning that addresses not only how to excel in academics but also how to grow into a young man of integrity and empathy. US teachers understand boys’ development and how they learn best.

Boys are curious and eager and learn by doing.  At US, younger boys engage in activities that encourage the development of language and math skills infused with science, language, art, music, physical education, and outdoor play.  The integrated curriculum, based on teacher-designed themes, ignites boys’ imaginations, allows boys to make meaningful connections in their learning, and generates a lifetime love of learning.

The US Shaker Heights campus features a 32,000 square-foot performing arts and science complex, a primary wing specially designed for young boys, and a state-of-the art wood shop and innovative design lab, STEAMworks.

See for yourself! Join them for their grades K–8 family open house or their Super Saturdays program for their youngest boys and parents.

Urban Oak School
2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Hts.
(216) 397-3870

Urban Oak School (pre-K through 8th) is the only school in the Cleveland area teaching according to the Waldorf philosophy. Waldorf education is a 100-year-old method that acknowledges the importance of nature-based learning and the power of artistic expression.  The Waldorf curriculum takes the whole child into perspective, educating the head, heart, and hands of each child.

Developmentally appropriate for each age group, Urban Oak School’s Waldorf-inspired methods are patient yet steady, allowing students to discover themselves at a healthy pace.
Urban Oak is an inclusive school, committed to nurturing a shared sense of community.  Their students come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.  Their faculty sees each child as a whole person with unique gifts, educating them through academics, the arts, movement, nature, and self-exploration.

Urban Oak’s Early Childhood program is fully accredited by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.  

Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School
18491 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland
(216) 481-8414

Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School is a Catholic, comprehensive college-preparatory school and the only school in the world cosponsored by the Ursuline Sisters and Marianist Brothers.  VASJ is committed to helping students grow in their faith, be challenged academically, follow their passions, and create high school memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. The family spirit is felt by all who enter the school and makes VASJ a special place to learn and grow. If you are looking for a school that feels like a family, they invite you to join them at an open house to experience the family environment that makes VASJ something truly special.  Open house provides an opportunity to speak with students, teachers, and coaches about their unique academic, campus ministry, and athletic programs.  They would love to have you as a part of the VASJ family.

Willo-Hill Christian School
4200 State Route 306, Willoughby
(440) 951-5391

Willo-Hill Christian School is committed to providing a quality, Christian education for students in preschool through sixth grade.  With a dedicated staff and smaller class sizes, the school provides individualized attention to students in a safe, family friendly atmosphere.  WHCS has a full-day kindergarten, offers both full-day and half-day options for preschool, and participates in the Ohio EdChoice Scholarship Program.  

For more information, please visit or call 440-951-5391 to schedule a tour of the campus.

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