Private School Guide
Listing of Private Schools
All Saints of St. John Vianney School
28702 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe
12510 Mayfield Road, Cleveland
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
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.
5655 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst
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 creativeplayrooms.com.
Gesu Catholic School
2450 Miramar Boulevard, University Heights
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]
7645 Fredle Drive, Concord Township
27601 Fairmount Boulevard, Pepper Pike
19600 North Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights
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.
Lyndhurst Campus (Preschool–Grade 8)
5000 Clubside Road
Gates Mills Campus (Grades 9–12)
Mayfield and County Line Roads in Gates Mills
The Birchwood School of Hawken (Preschool–Grade 8)
4400 West 140th Street, Cleveland
The Mastery School of Hawken (Grades 9-12)
11025 Magnolia Drive Cleveland
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
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.
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.
Lower School Campus (Grades K-6)
1551 E. Wallings Road, Broadview Heights
Mater Dei Academy
29840 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe
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
Montessori School of University Heights
23599 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst
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) 279-1129 (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
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)
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
St. Anselm School
13013 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland
St. Dominic School
3455 Norwood Road, Shaker Heights
St. Francis of Assisi School
6850 Mayfield Road, Gates Mills
St. Gabriel Learning Loft Preschool & St. Gabriel School
9935 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Concord Township
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 www.St-GabrielSchool.org.
12060 Kinsman Road, Newbury
498 East Washington Street, Chagrin Falls
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.
8540 Mentor Avenue, Mentor
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.
Ss. Robert & William Catholic School
351 East 260th Street, Euclid
Junior kindergarten to grade 8
20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Heights
Grades 9 to 12
2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley
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 www.us.edu/visit.
Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School
18491 Lakeshore Boulevard, Cleveland
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!