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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 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. 

Communion of Saints School
2160 Stillman Road, Cleveland Heights
(216) 932-4177
[email protected]

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

Corpus Christi Academy is a family-friendly pre-K through 8th grade school serving Lyndhurst and the surrounding communities.  At CCA, your child will develop the foundational knowledge to deepen their curiosity in learning, while enhancing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  

The school boasts a 1:1 technology program that supports student creativity and innovativeness in the classroom.  Intimate class sizes encourage individualized learning plans for each student to deepen their spiritual, social-emotional, and academic accomplishments guided by a caring and dedicated faculty. 

Full- and part-time pre-K options are available.  For more info call (440) 449-4244.

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

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 630 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 Advantage of Being Independent and Catholic

As an independent, Catholic school, Gilmour Academy stands alone in its ability to prepare students who thrive.  Their mission is rooted in educating the mind and empowering the heart, ensuring that every student develops to their fullest potential.  

From 18 months to 18 years, everything at Gilmour – from the curriculum to the academic extension programs to extracurriculars – is focused on cultivating four enduring competencies that are most important in developing students as leaders of their generation.  Those enduring competencies are effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving, leadership and moral responsibility.  These are introduced in the Montessori preschool programs, and then expanded upon and developed throughout the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.  

Gilmour graduates emerge primed for the next step and confident in their ability to make the world a better place.

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

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. 

Hathaway Brown School
19600 North Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights
(216) 932-4214

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 1,500 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 Mastery School of Hawken, opened in 2020, 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 co-educational 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 non-traditional 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 prepares students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. 

The Montessori approach to education is scientifically geared toward the psychological stages of the student at every phase of their natural development.  This allows the student to discover their strengths and master challenging concepts based upon individual growth and interests.

Hershey provides a world-renowned education that integrates academics with financial literacy, leadership, entrepreneurship, and other important real-life skills. Special emphasis is placed on embracing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), ensuring students are emotionally, academically, and skillfully empowered for life. DEIB are Montessori-aligned skills that give students necessary tools to navigate the social complexities of our current society and to make a positive impact in the communities among them. 

Hershey’s Concord Campus educates children from birth through 6th grade.  The Huntsburg Campus educates adolescents from 7th to 12th grade. 

Tuition assistance, boarding, transportation, and scholarship opportunities are available.

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 pre-kindergarten 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 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) 

Notre Dame Elementary School, recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, inspires students every day. On the 450-acre campus of the Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Elementary and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin educate over 1100 students in preschool–12th grade. The school provides a strong foundation to students to pursue their dreams, achieve academic excellence, realize their full potential, and helps them to make a transformational difference in the world.  

Strong academics, leadership, spirituality, service and the development of individual gifts and talents define Notre Dame. 

Recognized twice with the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research, NDES has a distinct focus on critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students engage in the learning process through collaboration, technology integration and artistic creativity.  

Notre Dame’s community spirit exudes warmth and care among students, parents and staff, as well as its deep relationship with the Sisters of Notre Dame.  

Contact Barbara Williams in admissions to schedule a tour or shadow day. 

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. 

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, Our Shepherd Lutheran School’s 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 private kindergarten through eighth grade Christian school located across the street from Lake Erie College and housed in the Zion Lutheran Church campus.  A low teacher-student ratio means greater focus on individual student’s needs.

They are nationally accredited by National Lutheran School Association (NLSA) and recognized by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).  They feature full-day, five-day kindergarten; weekly STEAM programs; computer technology with robotics, iPads, Chromebooks, and a dedicated computer lab; Smartboards in the classrooms; science lab; middle school enrichment program; K–8 Spanish; and enhanced library/media center. 

Open enrollment to the community begins February 1, 2022.  Classes fill quickly!

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

Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights is more than just a school for children ages 18 months through the 8th grade.  It is a beloved community where bright and curious children are guided by experienced Montessori-trained faculty and immersed in a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to become independent thinkers and creative problem solvers.  Walking through Ruffing’s classrooms, you will see students working with purpose and joy, and excelling academically with confidence and compassion.  Being a student at Ruffing offers children a global perspective and a strong understanding of their impact on the world, and prepares them for high school, college, and life beyond. 

Learn why Ruffing is the compelling school of choice for so many families by attending our fall open house on Saturday, November 13, or by scheduling a personal or virtual tour at 

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, co-ed elementary school serving students in grades K–8.  St. Dominic School is small in size, but big in possibilities.  They offer academic excellence in a warm, caring faith-based environment.  Students have opportunities to participate in academic extras like Power of the Pen or the Stock Market Club; a top notch athletic program; and a variety of art and music options, including choir and instrumental music.  Students take on leadership roles by developing their gifts and talents in a supportive school community.  Come to their open house or call for a private tour. 

St. Edward High School 
13500 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood 
(216) 221-3776

St. Edward High School, a Catholic school in the Holy Cross tradition, educates the hearts and minds of a diverse group of young men to have the competence to see and the courage to act as men of hope for the transformation of the world.  

The relationships that bond the St. Edward community stem from shared experiences of hospitality and compassion modeled every day by their faculty, staff, and students.  With the understanding that together we are part of something greater than ourselves, St. Ed’s mission focuses on family and the relationships that become their students’ foundation to transform the world around them. 

They invite you to share your story and be part of their strong family tradition at St. Ed’s.  They look forward to welcoming you at their upcoming admission tests, open houses and through their Edsman for a Day Program. 

Please contact the Office of Admission at [email protected] or 216-521-2204 with any questions.

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 Learning Loft Preschool have been molding students in Lake County through faith, learning, and love for over 50 years.  Both are award-earning schools staffed with teachers who make a difference in their students’ lives.  Their compassion, dedication, and expertise, challenge students to think independently and ignite their love of learning. 

St. Gabriel School is a STEM designated school that instills a strong sense of purpose and service.  A proud participant in Cleveland Diocese’s Better Together initiative, they strive to serve all students and meet each child’s individual needs. The St. Gabriel Learning Loft Preschool has been voted best of Mentor five years running.  They foster a warm and nurturing environment for students just starting their educational journey.

Discover these award-earning schools and how St. Gabriel Learning Loft and St. Gabriel School will enrich your child’s future.  For My Buddy & Me (2yo) 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. 

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

St. Joan of Arc School
498 East Washington Street, Chagrin Falls
(440) 247-6530

St. Mary of the Assumption School & Wee Learn Preschool Program
8540 Mentor Avenue, Mentor
(440) 255-9781

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.

Campus and classroom spaces were designed by teachers and are housed in the primary building and on its 32-acre site in Shaker Heights.  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 in-person or virtual open house. 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!