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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

Cleveland Montessori
12510 Mayfield Road, Cleveland
(216) 421-0700
Cleveland Montessori is celebrating over 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, formerly St. Ann’s, located in Cleveland Heights, is on the corner of Cedar and Coventry Roads. They offer a Catholic education alternative to students residing in Cleveland Heights, University Heights, East Cleveland, South Euclid, and surrounding areas.  Their vision is to prepare today’s youth for a successful future by providing a foundation in the Catholic faith and moral teachings in conjunction with a rigorous 21st century education.

As a Catholic school, Communion of Saints strives to carry out the mission of the parish.  Their program is permeated with a spirit of mutual respect while fostering a sense of community among the parish and school families. The curriculum is compliant with the Ohio state standards.

Enrollment for the 2021/2022 school year opens in February.  Please inquire about options for tuition aid.  Come see what they have to offer!

For information or to schedule a tour, please call (216) 932-4177 or 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

Gesu Catholic School
2450 Miramar Boulevard, University Heights
(216) 932-0620

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

The Goddard School
7645 Fredle Drive, Concord Township
(440) 350-1333

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

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 speak with an admission representative and schedule your personalized introduction to the school. 

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 Street, Cleveland
(216) 251-2321
The Mastery School of Hawken (Grades 9-12)
11025 Magnolia Drive Cleveland
(440) 423-8801

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.  Call (440) 423-2955 to schedule a visit or visit for more details.

Hershey Montessori School
(440) 357-0918
Concord Campus
10229 Prouty Road
Huntsburg Campus
11530 Madison Road
School should be interesting, engaging, educationally sound - and Hershey Montessori School is!  Hershey’s redesigned face-to-face learning experience supports the vital human connection that students of all ages need, while providing an enhanced, socially connected, remote learning option for middle and upper School students.

Hershey’s on-campus designs incorporate beautiful indoor and outdoor classroom environments that adhere to recommended health guidelines.

For more than 40 years, Hershey’s approach to education has allowed students to master the skills and abilities needed to adapt as the world changes, careers shift, and the demand on human ingenuity evolves.  The life-transforming outcomes demonstrated by Hershey students, especially through these unprecedented times, reveals why Hershey is revered as a world leader in Montessori education.

Hershey students are inspired to learn, to thrive academically, expand their interests, and develop important life skills.  Contact Hershey to learn more about how this education model can benefit your child.

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.  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.

Mater Dei Academy
29840 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe
(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

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
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, 2021.  Classes fill quickly!

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

St. Joan of Arc School
498 East Washington Street, Chagrin Falls
(440) 247-6530
For over 50 years, faculty and staff of St. Joan of Arc Catholic School have instilled within each student a life-long desire to learn, lead, and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Committed to learning and teaching in the 21st century, the experienced faculty and staff of St. Joan strive to develop each student to his or her fullest potential.  Technology is incorporated as a part of daily instruction, which may find students utilizing the 3-D printer in the makerspace or working collaboratively with the aid of an ActivPanel.  As a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, St. Joan of Arc has been recognized for the education that they provide to students in the Chagrin Valley.

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

8540 Mentor Avenue, Mentor
(440) 255-9781

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 nine 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, 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
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 University School, 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 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 teachers understand boys at each stage of development.

Campus spaces, designed by teachers, are ideal for young, active boys and the hands-on program.  The low student-to-teacher ratio is possible because each primary classroom has full-time licensed lead and associate teachers.   See for yourself! Join them for their on-campus or virtual open houses this fall.

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 admissions 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 the school’s unique academic, campus ministry and athletic programs.  They’d love to have you be part of the VASJ family!  

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