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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

Andrews Osborne Academy
38588 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby
(440) 942-3600

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 26 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]

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 630 students in kindergarten through grade 8 with another 95 students in the Gesu Preschool and 75 members of their faculty and staff.

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]

As an independent, Catholic school, Gilmour Academy stands alone in its ability to prepare students who thrive.  Its 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 experiential curriculum to the immersive, real-world opportunities to the full spectrum of cocurriculars – is focused on cultivating ethical leaders who communicate authentically, think critically and solve real-world problems. These foundational principles 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 with an understanding that they have both the tools and the responsibility 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

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

Hathaway Brown is an all girls K–12 day school in Shaker Heights. Since 1876, HB has educated and empowered girls with the “Learn for Life Signature Approach.”  The school’s distinguished academics are nationally recognized and are valued by families, top colleges and universities, and employers. 

The Signature Approach allows students to take ownership of their education with outstanding experiential learning opportunities such as the Storyline model in the primary school, the Academies in middle school, and the Fellowships for the Applied Studies in the upper school. 

HB’s model, facilitated by an incredibly impressive and engaged faculty, empowers girls to rise boldly to the challenges of the times, achieve their goals and reach their utmost potential. 

For more information, visit or contact the admission office at (216) 320-8767.

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 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 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 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. 

Their 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. Their Huntsburg Campus educates adolescents from 7th through 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

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

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) 

NDES is excited to announce the restructuring of their school to include a middle school. The middle school will honor the educational vision of the Sisters of Notre Dame to promote Catholic education and identity, and embody the core values found at NDES and NDCL.

Notre Dame Middle School will feature dedicated space for their sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. The middle school curriculum will continue to rigorously prepare their students to be successful in high school and offer honors classes in all three grades in ELA and math.  Enriched learning opportunities will be offered in academic core classes, as well as the special classes, to offer a rich and wide variety of learning experiences.  With this new launch of Notre Dame Middle School, they will extend the opportunities for their sixth, seventh and eighth grade students to truly...Belong, Believe, and Become.  

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 and Chromebooks for each student 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 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

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; K–8 Spanish; library/media center; and middle school enrichment program.

A Kindergarten Open House will be held on Saturday, February 26th at 10am. Please RSVP or direct questions to Principal Riley at [email protected]

Open enrollment to the community begins February 21, 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 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. Edward High School 
13500 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood 
(216) 221-3776

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

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 School Chardon
401 North Street, Chardon
(440) 286-3590

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, co-curricular activities, gifted education classes, as well as psychological, speech/language, intervention, and learning disability services.  

Please call the school at (440) 442-6766 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

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!