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Private School Guide

Sep 24, 2019 02:19PM
Finding the right private school for your family

Finding the right private school for your family

Selecting the perfect private school is well worth the time it takes to research, visit and finally make your selection. To find the one for you, you should consider these 10 things. Read More » 


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
Cleveland Montessori is celebrating 25 years of serving the children of Greater Cleveland.  The school is located in the 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 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.

The curriculum of Communion of Saints School is set by the Cleveland Diocese and is in compliance with the Ohio State Standards.  As a Catholic school, faith is a constant element throughout the day. The 3-year-old and 4/5-year-old programs provide firm preparation for kindergarten.  Typically, 8th graders are accepted into the high school of their choice.

Enrollment for the 2020/2021 school year will begin in February, 2020.  Communion of Saints School accepts the EdChoice Scholarship for kindergarten through grade 8.  There will be an open house on Sunday, January 26, 2020, for the entire school as well as information nights for their preschool and kindergarten.

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

Education Alternatives
(216) 332-9360
Education Alternatives is a therapeutic alternative program that provides special education and mental health services for children and adolescents in grades K-12 in nine locations across Northeast Ohio.  For more information, go to, email [email protected], or call us at (216) 332-9360.

Gesu Catholic School
2450 Miramar Boulevard, University Heights
(216) 932-0620
Gesu Catholic School is an educational community created in partnership with students, their families, and the Church of the Gesu.  Founded in 1926 under the direction of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Society of Jesus, the school community is committed to the Jesuit traditions of Catholic Faith formation, academic rigor and excellence, personal growth, service to others, and global citizenship, “all for the greater 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 632 students in kindergarten through grade 8 with another 97 students in the Gesu preschool. 

For preschool, kindergarten, or admissions information for grades 1–8, please 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]

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 from 6 weeks to 6 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.  

Gross Schechter inspires its students to love learning, become their best selves, and embrace Jewish practice, values, and community in a challenging and encouraging academic 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.

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 academic excellence and 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, globally-minded community committed to the development of both character and intellect. Innovative schedules and state-of-the-art facilities optimize learning, while educational partnerships with local businesses and world-renowned institutions provide real-world experiences.

With international study opportunities, STEMM Pathways, entrepreneurial studies and a language program that begins at the pre-K level, students are prepared for all the opportunities the world offers.

Learn more about Hawken’s programs and campuses — including the Mastery School of Hawken (grades 9–12) opening in University Circle in 2020 — by 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
World-renowned Hershey Montessori School has been providing an intentionally and scientifically prepared educational program for more than 40 years.

Specializing in Montessori education for children from birth through 18 years, Hershey Montessori incorporates the rigors of academics with the beauty and peace of nature.  They offer real-life, experiential learning opportunities that foster growth both personally and academically, independence, confidence, leadership and communication skills, as well as entrepreneurial mindsets.

Their unique, picturesque Huntsburg campus is home to their 7th–12th grade students.  The 97-acre property provides abundant opportunities for students to engage in practical work and grow in leadership, management, and collaboration as they meet the needs of a farm and its community.

They offer 3-, 5-, and 7-day boarding options, transportation, and tuition assistance to qualifying families.

They invite you to tour their school.  Learn about their program as their students prepare to become innovative leaders and the next world-changers of our time.

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 preprimary.  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 preprimary 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! Kindergarten-Grade 12 Open House on October 3 and the coed 18 months-pre-K open house on November 16.

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 is the school of choice for students who learn differently. But their students don't just learn differently, they see the world differently. They think differently—and creatively—and come to realize all they can achieve.

Their program is deliberate, research-based, multi-sensory, and personalized.  They do things differently than any other school in the market and because of this, they see different results.

Time and time again, Lawrence students reach their academic goals and close the achievement gap.

If you have concerns about your child's reading, writing, or math abilities, give them a call.  They can help!

The Lillian and Betty Ratner Montessori School
27575 Shaker Boulevard, Pepper Pike
(216) 464-0033 x1120
The Lillian and Betty Ratner Montessori School offers programs designed for the whole child. Their approach offers a combination of individual, small, and large group learning activities that successfully prepare students academically and socially.

In their authentic Montessori classrooms, children are independent, curious, and excited about learning. Montessori-trained teachers help to facilitate a prepared environment, allowing for explorative learning as well as creativity.

Their age-blended classrooms provide a unique learning environment where students interact with peers across a wide age range. Older students naturally assume roles as mentors to younger students, fostering intrinsic motivation as leaders and learners. Teachers get to know each student in a complete way, and meet each student where he or she may be educationally.

Ratner Montessori enrolls students ages 18 months through the 8th grade. They invite you to explore their program offerings and visit the school to see their innovative learning environment in action.

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, chess, 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.

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 Maker Space, and iPads for curriculum use.  Even their youngest students take part, with preschoolers making full use of the gymnasium, art rooms, Maker Space 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
Joyfully serving the communities of Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula for 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, 2020.  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. 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 have been preparing graduates for life through faith, learning, and love for over 50 years.  They have state-of-the-art facilities and one-to-one technology.  They are proud to introduce their newly constructed Innovation Center makerspace and a new junior high elective program.  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 preschool call (440) 354-7574.  For full day preschool and grades JrK–8 call (440) 354-7858 or register online for an open house: Tuesday, October 8 at 9 am or kindergarten meet & greet on Friday, November 22 at 9 am.

St. Joan of Arc Catholic School
498 E. Washington Street, Chagrin Falls
(440) 247-6530
Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education in 2011, St. Joan of Arc School has provided Catholic education in the Chagrin Valley for over 45 years. St. Joan of Arc School offers a co-educational full-day kindergarten through grade 8 curriculum.  Their unique mission is to develop each student to their fullest potential in a faith-based atmosphere.  They offer strong core academics and individualized attention to their students who thrive in an environment that combines education and Christian values.

Committed to the future of learning, St. Joan of Arc School is staffed with an experienced faculty, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, a newer art studio and science lab, and offers many extracurricular, enrichment, and sports opportunities.

High parental involvement and a family-like atmosphere enhance the St. Joan of Arc School experience!  Please call the school office at (440) 247-6530 or visit to learn more.  All students welcome!

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 a STEM class for students in grades K–8, 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 2, 2020 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 eight consecutive years, Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School educates students in pre-K through grade 8.  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, 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
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
University School is a place where each boy is inspired and empowered to let his true self thrive.  With the freedom to explore, create, compete, and play, boys of all dispositions build on their personal strengths, harness their natural talents, and blaze their own paths to excellence with joy, confidence, and integrity.

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 woodshop and innovative design lab, STEAMworks. 

See for yourself!  Join them for a family open house, a parent preview, or one of their Gizmos & Gadgets Saturday morning programs. 

Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School
18491 Lakeshore Boulevard, Cleveland
(216) 481-8414
Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School is a Catholic, comprehensive college-preparatory school and the only school in the world co-sponsored 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’re 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 Houses provide an opportunity to speak with students, teachers and coaches about their unique academic, campus ministry and athletic programs. They’d love to have you as a part of the VASJ family!