Private School Guide
Listing of Private Schools
All Saints of St. John Vianney School
28702 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe
Andrews Osborne Academy
38588 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby
3301 North Park Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
12510 Mayfield Road, Cleveland
Cleveland Montessori is celebrating over 28 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.
Attend the open house on Wednesday, November 1 from 5–7 pm or call to arrange a personal tour. Visit their website for more information.
Communion of Saints School
2160 Stillman Road, Cleveland Heights
Corpus Christi Academy
5655 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst
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
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, junior kindergarten for students who miss the state’s age cutoff, 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.
2450 Miramar Boulevard, University Heights
34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills
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 curriculum to the academic extension programs to extracurriculars – is focused on cultivating the school’s seven graduation outcomes, designed to develop students as leaders of their generation. These outcomes call students to be people of hope on a journey of faith; reflective, analytical thinkers; innovative, resilient problem-solvers; authentic, effective communicators; courageous, collaborative leaders; empathetic, engaged global citizens; and curious, resourceful lifelong learners. 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
Gross Schechter Day School
27601 Fairmount Boulevard, Pepper Pike
Hathaway Brown School
19600 North Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights
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 1,600 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, 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 interdisciplinary honors-level courses and STEMM internships. These experiences instill in students the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex and dynamic world.
Hershey Montessori School
10229 Prouty Road
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 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, including embracing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 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 to be challenged.
For 45 years, Hershey’s education model has supported the scientific process of child development and serves students from two months of age through twelfth grade.
Contact Hershey Montessori School to learn more about how this education model can benefit your child.
Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School
26500 Shaker Boulevard, Beachwood
Julie Billiart School
4982 Clubside Road, Lyndhurst
Laurel School, founded in 1896, is a nationally recognized college preparatory, independent day school for girls, kindergarten through grade 12, with a coeducational early childhood school. Its 11-acre Lyman Campus is in Shaker Heights and its 150-acre Butler Campus is in Russell Township. The Butler Campus is home to competitive athletics, full-time outdoor experiential learning for grades 3–5, northeast Ohio’s first outdoor prekindergarten, and the Environmental Justice Semester for 10th and 11th grade girls.
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.
Open house dates are October 11 from 5–7 pm at the Lyman Campus and October 18 from 5–7pm at the Butler Campus..
Lower School Campus (Grades K-6)
1551 E. Wallings Road, Broadview Heights
Upper School Campus (Grades 7-12)
10036 Olde Eight Road, Sagamore Hills
Lillian and Betty Ratner School
27575 Shaker Boulevard, Pepper Pike
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 prekindergarten 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
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.
Notre Dame Elementary and Middle School
13000 Auburn Road, Chardon
(440) 279-1129 (Admissions)
On the 450-acre campus of the Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Elementary and Middle School, as well as, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, educate over 1,100 students in preschool–grade 12. Notre Dame Elementary has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and recognized twice with the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research.
They are excited to announce the restructuring of the school to include a middle school. Notre Dame Middle School features dedicated space for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. The middle school curriculum rigorously prepares their students to be successful in high school and offers honors classes in all three grades in ELA and math. Enriched learning opportunities are offered in academic core classes, as well as the special classes, to offer a rich and wide variety of learning experiences.
Please contact Barbara Williams in admissions at (440) 279-1129 to schedule a tour or shadow day.
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 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.
508 Mentor Avenue, Painesville
(Across from Lake Erie College)
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; library/media center; and middle school enrichment program.
Please call, or email questions to [email protected]. Open enrollment is now available to the community and classes fill quickly!
Ruffing Montessori School
3380 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights is more than just a school for children ages 18 months through 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. A Ruffing education offers children a global perspective with an understanding of the profound impact they can have on the world, preparing them for high school, college, and life beyond.
Learn why Ruffing is the compelling school of choice by calling Ruffing’s admissions office or scheduling a tour online at ruffingmontessori.net.
Saint Anselm School
13013 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland
Saint Dominic School
3455 Norwood Road, Shaker Heights
Saint Edward High School
13500 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood
Saint Francis of Assisi School
6850 Mayfield Road, Gates Mills
At Saint Francis of Assisi School, a 3-year-old preschool–eighth grade school, is centered on their helping students grow in faith and academics. Students learn about God’s world and all they can do to make it an even better place. As a result, their students help drive programs such as the broadcast studio, the aquaponics garden, the sustainability club, and service projects.
Differentiation is more than a word at St. Francis. They strive every day to reach every child through classroom interventions, enrichment, and advanced courses. Beginning in 2023-2024, the seventh grade students will participate in an entrepreneurial program where they will submit a business plan, design, and sell products in a school pop-up shop.
St. Francis of Assisi School’s classroom teachers are fully certified, but even more, they are chosen for their vision of guiding academic, social, and spiritual growth. To set up a private tour, call Cindy at 440-442-7450.
9935 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Concord Township
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 visit St-GabrielSchool.org.
Saint Helen School
12060 Kinsman Road, Newbury
Saint Ignatius High School
1911 West 30th Street, Cleveland
Saint Ignatius High School, with its Catholic tradition rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, prepares young men for their adult lives by challenging them to academic excellence and the desire for lifelong learning; nurturing them to be open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving and committed to work for peace and justice; and inspiring them to know, love and serve Jesus Christ.
Located close to downtown Cleveland in Ohio City, the school has 19 buildings and three athletic fields. The school has 112 faculty members, 90 percent of whom hold advanced degrees. Saint Ignatius is a regional leader in National Merit finalists and Advanced Placement scholars. Nearly 100 percent of students go on to four-year colleges. Thanks to generous alumni and benefactors, nearly 70 percent of students receive some form of tuition assistance. Through the Christian Action Team, students perform approximately 15,000 hours of nonrequired service annually.
498 East Washington Street, Chagrin Falls
8540 Mentor Avenue, Mentor
Saint Mary School Chardon
401 North Street, Chardon
St. Mary School students learn and thrive beyond a traditional Catholic school education. Inspired by a vision of academic excellence rooted in a foundation of faith, and as the first and only Ohio Designated STEM School in Geauga County, their students from Preschool through Junior High are exceedingly prepared both academically and spiritually for their futures. They strive to develop each student’s unique potential through an environment of Faith, in cooperation with the Family, and with a vision for the Future.
Visit their open house on January 28, 2024 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School
5360 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights
Recipient of the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for eleven 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.
Call them at (440) 442-6766 to schedule a tour.
Saints 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 have boundless energy and a natural tendency to explore. At University School, boys thrive in an environment with the freedom to explore, create, move, and play. Our teachers understand boys and this important stage of development, and a low student-to-teacher ratio allows for trusted connections.
Our 32-acre campus in Shaker Heights, for boys Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8, includes wonderful outdoor learning and play areas, including a newly renovated arboretum and amphitheater, plus an exciting new play park with climbing structures and a turf field. Indoors, our facilities include a pool, a performing arts theater, cozy libraries, and a modern makerspace.
University School is a welcoming and inclusive community where each boy is known and loved. A visit to our campus is the best way to get to know US. Schedule a family tour or join us for a fall admission event. Learn more at www.us.edu/visit.
Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School
18491 Lakeshore Boulevard, Cleveland
When you become a student at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, you become a member of a family where everyone knows you. It is a place where you can grow in your faith, be challenged academically, follow your passions, and create high school memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Our students proudly embrace our diversity, and it shows in their school pride and the family spirit that makes our Viking Village something truly special.
Learn more about VASJ by attending their upcoming open house on Thursday, November 2 from 6–8 pm.