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Choosing a private school

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Listing of Private Schools

Lake, Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga counties

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 in Wickliffe, 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

Communion of Saints School
2160 Stillman Road, Cleveland Heights
(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 strives to ensure academic success for all.  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 2019/2020 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, call (216) 932-4177, visit or send an email: [email protected]    

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

Creative Playrooms Montessori & Child Care Centers
Solon (440) 248-3100
Independence (216) 524-8008
Parma (216) 898-9520
Strongsville (440) 572-9365
Westlake (440) 835-5858
Maple Hts. (216) 475-6464
A well-known and trusted name in Montessori and early childcare throughout the Cleveland area has a lot to be excited about.  Under the new ownership of the nationally recognized Early Learning Academies, Creative Playrooms provides a loving, safe, learning environment for children ages birth through elementary years.

Serving families for more than 50 years, Creative Playrooms is proud to offer a private kindergarten program chartered by the Ohio Department of Education, with an instructional focus on language arts, math, science, and social studies.  Students are also exposed to Spanish, a modern computer lab, art, music, swimming, and much more!
Recognized as one of the best childcare providers in northeast Ohio, Creative Playrooms offers seamless before-and after-kindergarten care in an environment that consistently obtains the highest ratings from all licensing and monitoring agencies.

For more information about their six locations and program offerings visit

Gesu Catholic School
2450 Miramar Boulevard, University Heights
(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.  They are proud to be part of the Diocese of Cleveland’s “Better Together:  Exceptional Catholic education for every student” initiative and to be a “Designated STEM School” by the state of Ohio!

The school community includes approximately 635 students in kindergarten through grade 8 with another 105 students in the Gesu preschool.  Come for a visit!

For preschool, kindergarten, or admissions information for grades 1–8, contact Judi Herbert at (216) 932-0620, ext. 117 or email Judi at [email protected]

Gilmour Academy

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

The Goddard School
7645 Fredle Drive, Concord Township
(440) 350-1333
For nearly 30 years, The Goddard School has been a trusted name among parents and families. Their classrooms are safe, nurturing environments for children six weeks to six years, offering age-appropriate opportunities to explore and discover.

Their unique kindergarten program utilizes more than just a typical four-walled classroom. They believe that engaging students in the world around them, through their play-based Emergent Curriculum, enhances their curiosity and love for learning.

Their small student-to-teacher ratio enables individualized learning and therefore produces a more meaningful experience. Through this approach their students are becoming natural researchers, critical thinkers and inquisitive individuals preparing them for future success.

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 environment.

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.

Hathaway Brown School
19600 North Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights
(216) 932-4214
Since 1876, HB has given students the tools they need to confidently embrace all the possibilities that exist for them beyond their Shaker Heights campus.  The faculty’s dedication to hands-on experiential learning at all levels can be observed every day in the classrooms, libraries, science labs, theatres, dance studios and art rooms, as well as on the athletic fields.

In addition to the superior academic preparation they receive, at every turn HB students are inspired to become the best people they can be.  They encourage girls of all ages and boys in their Early Childhood program to take chances, stretch their minds, work together, and pick themselves up and start over when they need to.

They offer tuition assistance in the form of financial aid and merit awards.  Visit to learn more and call (216) 320-8767 to schedule your personal tour.

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 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. 

Their 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 them online at

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 Township
Laurel School, founded in 1896, is a nationally recognized college preparatory, independent day school for girls, kindergarten through grade 12, with a coeducational pre-primary. Laurel students come from 74 communities in northeast Ohio.  Its traditional Lyman Campus is in Shaker Heights and its 150-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.

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, after-school activities help students further broaden their horizons.  Mater Dei is proud to offer science fiction and art clubs, spring musical, baton, CYO sports 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 Boulevard, Mentor
(440) 257-3172

Montessori School of University Heights
23599 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst
(216) 381-8388
The Montessori School of University Heights is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a preprimary 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
University Circle
11125 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland
(216) 421-5806
Ohio City
2610 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland
(216) 377-1410 ext. 4161
The Music Settlement (TMS), is a revolutionary community music school that provides life-enhancing experiences to all members of the community through music and the arts.  Through the Center for Music, Center for Early Childhood, and Center for Music Therapy – and our Bop Stop performance venue, TMS caters to a diverse clientele.

TMS Early Childhood offerings have sown the seeds of a life-long interest in music, movement and creative self-expression in thousands of children.  Enroll now for half-day preschool, year-round day school, and full-day kindergarten programming by visiting them online at

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
Having joyfully served the communities of Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula for nearly four decades, their highly-educated and caring staff engages 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 Lutheran Church campus.
They are recognized by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and nationally accredited by NLSA. They feature full-day, five-day kindergarten; middle school enrichment program; computer technology with iPads, Chromebooks, and a dedicated computer lab; Smartboards in the classrooms; science lab; and enhanced library/media center.

Open enrollment to the community begins February 1, 2019.  Classes fill quickly!

For more information, please email their admissions department at [email protected] or call (440) 357-7776.

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

St. Dominic School
3455 Norwood Road, 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.  Call today for a private tour.

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
Offering preschool through eighth grade plus My Buddy & Me classes for 2.5-year-olds.
St. Gabriel School and preschool has been preparing its graduates for life through faith, learning, and love for over fifty years.  They have state-of-the-art facilities and one-to-one technology.

They are proud to introduce their newly constructed Innovation Center maker space. Most importantly, their teachers make the difference. Through compassion, dedication, and expertise, they ignite learning.

They are a STEM designated school by ODE and instill a strong sense of purpose and service.  They are proud to be a part of the Cleveland Diocese Better Together initiative, striving to serve all students and meeting their needs.  Discover how St. Gabriel Learning Loft and St. Gabriel School will enrich your child’s future.

For more information, call (440) 354-7858.  Register for monthly open houses and Kindergarten Meet & Greet at

St. Joan of Arc Catholic School
498 E. Washington Street, Chagrin Falls
(440) 247-6530
For over 50 years, St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, a National Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence, has provided a coeducational K–grade 8 curriculum to families in Chagrin Falls and the greater Chagrin Valley.

They believe 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 his or her ideas while growing closer to God.  Students are academically challenged in a way that appropriately integrates the latest technologies with its core curriculum.  A new makerspace, ActivPanels, for collaborative learning, and 1:1 access to personal technology are just a few of the tools available to SJA students.

Students consistently achieve superior test scores reflective of their self-discipline and motivation to learn. The school offers a wide selection of after school activities, clubs and CYO sports that foster life-long lessons in leadership, stewardship and teamwork.

They are open for tours Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:45 AM and 2:30 PM. No appointment necessary. Should you have any questions, 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 Sunday, February 3, 2019 for 10 am Mass followed by an open house from 11 am – 1 pm.  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. Paschal Baylon Catholic School
5360 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights
(440) 442-6766
Recipient of the Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for seven consecutive years, Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School educates students in grades pre-K through eight.  Its mission is to focus on Christ-centered values and to develop the unique potential of each student through a rigorous and engaging curriculum.

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, cocurricular 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
Junior kindergarten to grade 8
20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Heights
(216) 321-8260
Grades 9 to 12
2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley
(216) 831-2200

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. 

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, computer, music, physical education, STEM lab, and Spanish.  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.