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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

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

Beaumont School
3301 North Park Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
(216) 321-2954

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 School (1916), was established in 2010.  The school services Cleveland Heights and surrounding communities.  The school renewed its Accreditation in 2019, setting continuous improvement goals for the faculty and students.  The school has updated technology such as active boards in the classrooms and one-to-one devices for all students.

As a Catholic school, their program is permeated with a spirit of mutual respect and concern for each individual.  They follow the Diocese of Cleveland curriculum which is compliant with the Ohio State Standards.

Enrollment for the 2021/2022 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 information or to schedule a tour, please call (216) 932-4177, visit or send an email to [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

Creative Playrooms Montessori and Child Care Centers have been a part of the greater Cleveland community for over 50 years. These unique learning centers provide families with Montessori and traditional programs, swimming lessons, cafeteria-like lunchrooms, and expansive outdoor play spaces.

They understand that today’s active families need a partner that really understands the need for safe, reliable, and loving care.  At the core of their schools, you’ll find dedicated and highly trained staff who are deeply committed to providing children with the skills they need to reach their individual potential.

Additionally, Creative Playrooms is part of the Early Learning Academies (ELA) family, a network of trusted early childhood learning centers led by a team of seasoned and committed childcare professionals.

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 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 650 students in kindergarten through grade 8 with another 85 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

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

Hawken School is an independent, coed day school of over 1,400 students, toddler through grade 12, located on two campuses in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, a campus on Cleveland’s west side, and a campus in University Circle that is home to the recently opened Mastery School of Hawken, which takes the school’s problem-based programming to scale.

Hawken was founded in 1915 as an educationally progressive school, and they remain academically progressive – because that’s what it takes to prepare students to thrive in a changing world. From recognizing the value of a coeducational environment to designing programs, learning spaces, and innovative schedules that support learning by doing, Hawken boldly adapts to prepare students for a promising future. 

Hawken’s nationally-recognized programming and nontraditional schedules support partnerships with world-renowned institutions that provide real-world learning opportunities, including honors-level engineering and entrepreneurship programs and STEMM internships. These experiences instill in students the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex and dynamic world.

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

Hershey Montessori School’s approach to education allows students to master the skills needed to adapt as the world changes, careers shift, and the demand on human ingenuity evolves.  The transformative outcomes demonstrated by Hershey students, especially through these unprecedented times, exemplify why Hershey is revered as a world leader in Montessori education.

In conjunction with Hershey’s robust academics, students learn about leadership, practical life, business, culture, and important societal issues. Their Montessori model inspires students to learn not memorize, to thrive academically, and to expand their interests. Hershey students are resilient, articulate, open to change, and ready for challenge.

For more than 40 years, Hershey’s education model has supported the scientific process of child development and serves students from two months through twelfth grade.

Contact Hershey to learn more about how their Montessori education model can benefit your child.

Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School
26500 Shaker Boulevard, Beachwood
(216) 464-4055

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 first 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

Lower School Campus (Grades K-6)
1551 E. Wallings Road, Broadview Heights 
(440) 526-0003

Upper School Campus (Grades 7-12)
10036 Olde Eight Road, Sagamore Hills
(330) 908-6800

Lillian and Betty Ratner School
27575 Shaker Boulevard, Pepper Pike
(216) 464-0033

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, 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, established in 1968, is 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.  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 an in-person or virtual tour.

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

What does it mean to be a Forever Lion?  Join a legacy of excellence in education with certainty in a challenging time.  Since 1957, Notre Dame Elementary School has inspired thousands of elementary students by providing a strong foundation for students to grow in leadership and spirituality, achieve academic excellence, realize their full potential, and make a transformational difference in the world.  Since 1870, Notre Dame Schools have impacted northeast Ohio through the faith, charism, and clarity of the Sisters of Notre Dame.  

On a campus of 450 acres, Notre Dame Elementary and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School educate leaders who transform the world in preschool through 12th grade.  Recognized as National Blue-Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Notre Dame Schools thrive because 1100 students learn and grow in a caring, joyful and nurturing environment in which comprehensive academics, a variety of co-curricular opportunities and spiritual growth flourish together. 

To learn more about how you can Be A Forever Lion, please call (440) 279-1129. 

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 makerspace, and iPads for curriculum use.  Even their youngest students take part, with preschoolers making full use of the gymnasium, art rooms, makerspace 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 over 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. 

Re-enrollment for current families begins February 2021, with open enrollment to the community beginning March 2021.  Classes fill quickly!

Ruffing Montessori School
3380 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
(216) 321-7175

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. Gabriel School and preschool have been preparing graduates for life through faith, learning, and love for over 50 years.  Both are award-earning schools.  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. The St. Gabriel Learning Loft preschool has been voted best of Mentor three years running.

Discover these award-winning schools and how St. Gabriel Learning Loft and St. Gabriel School will enrich your child’s future.  For My Buddy & Me and part time 3-5 yo preschool call (440) 354-7574.  For full-day preschool (4/5 yo) and grades K–8 call (440) 354-7858 or register online.  

For information/open houses visit  

St. Helen School
12060 Kinsman Road, Newbury
(440) 564-7125

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 lifelong 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 work tirelessly 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.  

The small class sizes allow for individualized instruction and contribute to the warm, Christ-centered atmosphere that is a hallmark of St. Joan of Arc. 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. 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 is a warm, safe, supportive, and nurturing Christ-centered environment.  They offer 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, 1:1 Chromebooks for students in grades 4-8, 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 call the school office at (440) 255-9781 to set up a private tour.

St. Mary School Chardon

401 North Street, Chardon
(440) 286-3590

St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School
5360 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights
(440) 442-6766

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

Young boys are growing quite fast physically, mentally, and emotionally. University School’s junior kindergarten and kindergarten programs invite, inspire, and cultivate a boy’s curiosity. The teachers understand boys and this important stage of development.

The junior kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms were designed by teachers and are housed in the primary building on the 32-acre Shaker Heights campus. These spaces are ideal for young, active boys and the hands-on academic program. The low student-to-teacher ratio is possible because each classroom has full-time licensed lead and associate teachers. Boys enjoy the resources of the extensive physical education, performing arts, outdoor, and maker spaces. 

University School is a wonderful community to launch a young boy’s lifetime love of learning. Having a strong knowledge base and desire for learning in the youngest years is key to future educational success. Schedule a personal family tour or join them for an upcoming virtual admission program. Learn more at

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 cosponsored by the Ursuline Sisters and Marianist Brothers. VASJ is committed to helping students grow in their faith, be challenged academically, follow their passions, and create high school memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. 

The family spirit is felt by all who enter the school and makes VASJ a special place to learn and grow. If you’re looking for a school that feels like a family, they invite you to contact the admissions department to request a private tour. Tours provide an opportunity to meet students and teachers and learn about the school's unique academic, campus ministry and athletic programs. They’d love to have you be part of the VASJ family!