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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.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please call, visit their website or email: [email protected]

Corpus Christi Academy
5655 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst
(440) 449-4242
Corpus Christi Academy is a family-friendly pre-K through 8th grade school serving Lyndhurst and the surrounding communities.  At CCA, your child will develop the foundational knowledge to deepen their curiosity in learning, while enhancing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

The school boasts a 1:1 technology program that supports student creativity and innovativeness in the classroom.  Intimate class sizes encourage individualized learning plans for each student to deepen their spiritual, social-emotional, and academic accomplishments guided by a caring and dedicated faculty.

Full- and part-time pre-K options are available.  For more info call (440) 449-4242 ext. 102.

Gesu Catholic School
2450 Miramar Blvd., University Hts.
(216) 932-0620
Gesu Catholic School has been an important ministry of the Gesu Parish Community for over 90 years. The parish and school were founded in 1926 under the direction of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Society of Jesus.  The school provides a Christ-centered education with an emphasis on the Jesuit traditions of academic excellence, service to others, and working for the great honor and glory of God. 

The school community includes approximately 642 students in kindergarten through grade 8 with another 80 students in the Gesu preschool.  Come see what they have to offer! 
For preschool, kindergarten, or admissions information for grades 1-8, contact Judi Herbert at (216) 932-0620, ext. 117 or email [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
Gross Schechter is a coed, Jewish independent school in Pepper Pike for children from 6 weeks through 8th grade.  Their innovative, integrated education program enables students to experience a 21st century learning

Technology and creativity are woven appropriately into all aspects of a curriculum that adheres to and exceeds state standards.  Their integrated Judaic studies program fosters a strong identity and mastery of the spectrum of Jewish traditions in ways that are relevant for living in the modern world.  At Gross Schechter, students grow into their best selves in a rigorous, yet nurturing academic environment, grounded in Jewish values and practices in an active community of families.

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 Stirn Hall on the Gates Mills campus, optimize learning.  From the 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. 

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).  At Hershey, they engage students on global issues that cultivate intellectual rigor and essential skills. Montessori methods allow them to draw upon every child’s natural inclination to learn and help them grow into capable, expressive, and engaged citizens.  For more information, call (440) 357-0918 or visit

Joseph and Florence Mandel
Jewish Day School
26500 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
(216) 464-4055
Welcome to the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School, Cleveland’s only community Jewish day school.  Mandel JDS celebrates a mastery of education, the richness of pluralism and the strength of diversity. Accreditation for excellence by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), recognizes Mandel JDS as one of Ohio’s top private schools.

Mandel JDS offers academic rigor in general studies as well as Judaics from early childhood through 8th grade.  With dual language immersion, integrated project-based learning, a dynamic entrepreneurial program and more, their graduates carry with them a strong set of values, educational tools, and the self-confidence to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
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Learn more about Cleveland’s only community Jewish day school, Mandel JDS, by speaking with a Mandel JDS community member or schedule a tour today!

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.

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 area

Mater Dei Academy
29840 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe
(440) 585-0800
Mater Dei Academy, an ODE STEM designated school, 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.

The 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 become active in the community. Mater Dei students are accountable for their actions while caring for others and demonstrating responsibility for the world around them.

In addition, 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, CYO sports and a variety of other activities.

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

Math Monkey
26801 Miles Road, Cleveland
(440) 914-0060
Math Monkey is a math enrichment program unlike any other.  With students ranging from kindergarten through middle school, Math Monkey classes challenge students based on their knowledge and ability in math rather than based on their age or grade.  Their proprietary curriculum combines game-based lessons with savvy, mental math strategies that focus on logic, reasoning and critical thinking. 

Math Monkey helps students to develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed in school and in life.  Class sizes are generally limited to eight students and they use high school AP math assistants to be certain that every student gets the individual attention they need.
  • Teaches critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Focuses on understanding rather than memorizing
  • Offers learning that is fun and engaging for the child
  • Math Monkey is a perfect complement to school
Register online for a free trial class and evaluation today!

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.

Notre Dame Elementary School
13000 Auburn Road, Chardon
(440) 279-1127
(440) 279-1129 Admissions
Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Notre Dame Elementary School has the unique distinction of being a Sisters of Notre Dame sponsored school and the first Catholic elementary school in Geauga County.  Strong academics, leadership, spirituality, service and the development of individual gifts and talents define Notre Dame.

Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and with the Thomas Edison Award for STEM Education, NDES builds into its program a distinct focus on critical thinking and problem solving skills.  Classrooms function as interdependent communities that value the uniqueness of each child.  The teacher serves as a facilitator of learning by modeling, demonstrating and coaching students through everyday lessons, which allow them to engage in the learning process and work at their optimal instructional level.

NDES empowers students by providing a strong foundation to pursue their dreams, achieve academic excellence, realize their full potential and helping them to make a transformational difference in today’s world. 

Our Lady of the Lake School  
175 East 200th Street, Euclid
(216) 481-6824
Our Lady of the Lake School, grounded in Catholic faith and values, provides a program of academic excellence in an environment that engages students, families, faculty and community.  Small classrooms, individual attention and strong curriculum together provide exceptional learning opportunities, and advanced programs and educational partnerships challenge their students to excel. 

Learning goes beyond the classroom.  Students enlarge their world with service learning and field trips. Outreach programs bring a wealth of resources into the school, and students also engage in hands-on learning through technology, with interactive boards in every classroom, a cutting-edge computer lab, and iPads for curriculum use.  Even their youngest students take part, with preschoolers making full use of the gymnasium, art rooms, computer lab and library.

Students are also encouraged to develop their talents through art and music programs and a variety of clubs and extracurriculars.  A fully-equipped gym hosts an array of sports and athletics.  An active parent-teacher organization keeps the school community engaged and welcoming.

Applications are now being accepted for its flexible full- and half-day preschool classes. Call today for a tour or to get more information.

Our Shepherd Lutheran School
508 Mentor Avenue, Painesville (Across from Lake Erie College)
(440) 357-7776
Our Shepherd Lutheran School and its highly educated and caring staff have joyfully served the counties of Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula since 1980.  They engage students with new and innovative programs, ideas, instruction, and hands-on learning while remaining dedicated to the faith formation of students in a loving, Christ-centered environment.  They are a kindergarten through eighth grade, private Christian school located across the street from Lake Erie College and housed in the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church campus.

Our Shepherd provides a full-day kindergarten program; middle school enrichment program of elective style courses; and a S.T.E.A.M. program for all grades.  Our Shepherd also features a technology lab, iPads, 1-to-1 Chromebooks, mobile Chromebook lab, Smartboards in the classrooms, science lab, and enhanced library/media center.

Open enrollment to the community begins February 1, 2018.  Classes fill quickly!

For more information, please contact Stephanie DeGidio, admissions counselor at (440) 357-7776 or email at [email protected]

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, coed 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.

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 state-of-the-art technology and resources. 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 education while weaving faith and instilling a strong sense of purpose and service.  They offer My Buddy & Me class, 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 day school call Alicia Henrikson, (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. Joan of Arc Catholic School
498 E. Washington Street, Chagrin Falls
(440) 247-6530
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, has provided a coeducational K-grade 8 curriculum in the Chagrin Valley for over 50 years.

SJA believes in the difference faith makes in teaching the whole child to learn, live and lead in a safe environment where each student is free to explore their ideas while growing closer to God.

Their students thrive in an environment that appropriately integrates the latest technologies with its core curriculum.  SJA students consistently achieve superior test scores reflective of their self-discipline and motivation to learn.  Students are also encouraged to participate in sports and after school clubs where important life lessons are learned from teamwork.
To schedule a tour, please call Mrs. Shelley DiBacco at (440) 247-6530.

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” and 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.  If you are unable to attend, please call to schedule a tour.

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 three 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
At University School, boys thrive in an environment with freedom to explore, create, move, practice, compete and play.

US teachers are masters of their discipline and inspire and mentor students with integrity and compassion.  They understand how boys develop and learn, providing a structured yet supportive environment in which each boy can build confidence and discover and develop his own ideas and talents.

US develops well-rounded, considerate, and responsible young men.
University School is excited to announce a Junior Kindergarten for boys, opening in the fall of 2018. Boys will be invited to explore, discover, learn and play in a hands-on, joyful classroom. Younger US 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 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 woodshop and innovative design lab, STEAMworks.

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.  

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, Christ-centered atmosphere.  
WHCS has a full-day kindergarten and offers both full-day and half-day options for preschool.  Before and after school care is available for all students.  

New this year, each student in grades K–6 is provided with the use of a Chromebook as part of the school’s technology program.  Special classes offered include art, music, physical education, and STEM Lab.  Willo-Hill participates in the Ohio EdChoice Scholarship Program.  Financial aid is available, and parents may choose from several payment plans.

For more information, please visit or call 440-951-5391 to schedule a tour of the campus.  Willo-Hill Christian School: where students grow in faith and knowledge.

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