Northeast Ohio Independent School Guide

Northeast Ohio Independent School Guide

Are you considering a new school for your child? Consult our 2018-198 Independent School Guide below for a directory of Northeast Ohio private and other school options for your child’s next educational step.

Scheduling a visit or attending an open house is a great first step in gathering information about any of these schools. Start the process by checking our 2018-19 Independent School Open House Listings.


Albert Einstein Academy continues to grow, opening its third campus at the start of the 2018-19 school year. AEA is tuition-free with campuses in Lakewood, Strongsville and Westlake. It is a public community school offering educational opportunities to all residents of the state of Ohio. The schools serve students in grades kindergarten through 12th across three campuses, specializing in individualized instruction for students with special needs as well as programming for students needing a more rigorous academic plan. Call 440-471-4982 today to schedule a tour or visit


Beaumont School is the only all-girls’ high school in Northeast Ohio to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, Beaumont educates women for life, leadership and service. Beaumont is where women learn to change the world. 3301 N. Park Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-325-1661,


Gesu Catholic School has been an important ministry of the Gesu Parish Community for over 90 years. The parish and school were founded in 1926 under the direction of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Society of Jesus. The school provides a Christ-centered education with an emphasis on the Jesuit traditions of academic excellence, service to others, and working for the great honor and glory of God. The school is 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. 2450 Miramar Blvd., University Hts., 216-932-0620, [email protected],


“The Advantage of Being Independent and Catholic.” As an independent, Catholic school, Gilmour Academy is unique in its ability to prepare students who thrive. Its mission is rooted in educating the mind and empowering the heart. From 18 months to 18 years, everything at Gilmour is focused on cultivating the Gilmour outcomes, ensuring that Gilmour students become people of hope on a journey of faith, collaborative leaders, engaged global citizens, effective communicators, analytical thinkers and innovative problem solvers. Gilmour graduates emerge primed for the next step and confident in their ability to make the world a better place. 34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, 440-473-8050,


Gross Schechter is a co-ed Jewish independent school in Pepper Pike for children from ages 6 weeks through eighth grade. Its program enables students to become critical thinkers as well as passionate, well-rounded individuals with a strong Jewish identity. The school’s personalized, child-centered approach to learning leads to amazing student achievement and its welcoming community makes it a second home for Jewish families. 27601 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike, 216-763-1400,


Hanna Perkins School is a preschool and kindergarten focused on healthy emotional development for success in school and life. In a nurturing environment of trust and mutual respect, children get all the academic fundamentals while developing emotional intelligence to manage the complex social interactions of daily life. As part of a unique learning team, parents benefit, too, gaining deep developmental understanding of their children and increased confidence as parents. In addition to the regular classrooms, offerings include parent-toddler group and an integrative program for young children with autism spectrum disorders. 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Hts., 216-991-4472,


Students from nearly 90 Northeast Ohio communities choose HB. They’re drawn to the beautiful campus by a warm, welcoming environment, outstanding faculty, and unparalleled education. With innovative co-ed Early Childhood curriculum and groundbreaking programming for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade, HB is among the most distinguished independent schools in the country. Open houses: grades fifth through 12th on Thursday, Oct. 18; infant through fourth grade on Saturday, Nov. 3. Visit or call 216-320-8767 to schedule your personal tour. 19600 N. Park Blvd., Shaker Hts., 216-932-4214,


A co-educational private day school with a Lower and Middle School campus in Lyndhurst and an Upper School campus in Gates Mills. Hawken is committed to the development of character and intellect. The school’s innovative schedule, early childhood center, 8,000 square feet of maker space, and nationally recognized programming help to build the skills and confidence needed to thrive in a complex world. A state-of-the-art Upper School academic facility opened in 2016 to support the school’s forward-focused curriculum. Upper School, 12465 County Line Road, Gates Mills; Lower/Middle School, 5000 Clubside Road, Lyndhurst; 440-423-4446,


Holy Family School in Stow (pre-k, kindergarten through eighth grade) is a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Recognizing that each student brings unique abilities, interests and attitudes to the school setting, the faculty and staff strive to give each child the personal attention and encouragement necessary to achieve his or her potential. The school offers 1:1 Chromebook technology to students in grades fifth through eighth. Holy Family School welcomes diverse faith traditions. 3163 Kent Road, Stow, 330-688-3816,


Lake Ridge Academy is an independent kindergarten through grade 12 college preparatory school. Located in North Ridgeville, this private school attracts students from 40 communities. Families are drawn to the strong academic programs, engaging faculty, and 8:1 student to teacher ratio, which creates an educational environment that fuels a student’s passion for learning. Kindergarten includes learning through educational play, outdoor enrichment and world languages. K-12 Fall Family Open House is October 14. Advanced registration is requested. 37501 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, 440-327-1175,  


Laurel School is a nationally recognized independent day school for girls, grades kindergarten through 12th, with a co-ed Pre-Primary. Laurel students come from 74 communities in Northeast Ohio. 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 only Outdoor Pre-Primary School. Learn more about Laurel at its All-School Open House on Oct. 27 from 9-11 a.m. One Lyman Circle, Shaker Hts., 216-464-0946,


Lawrence School is an independent day school serving kindergarten through 12th grade students with dyslexia, ADHD and other language-based learning differences. Its program is deliberate, personalized, research-based and multisensory, and social-emotional and life skills are taught alongside challenging academics. As a result, students who had previously struggled in traditional education environments leave campus prepared for whatever comes next — collegiate success, diverse careers and futures of their own construction. Kindergarten and Lower School, 1551 E. Wallings Road, Broadview Hts.; Upper School, 10036 Olde Eight Road, Sagamore Hills; 440-526-0717,


Serving the gifted learners from more than 30 school districts in Northeast Ohio. The tuition-free, kindergarten through eighth grade community school is dedicated to the gifted learner. The school understands the unique needs of gifted learners and the asynchronous development of their social, emotional and academic abilities. Focused on the whole child, the school surrounds children with like-minded peers and a highly qualified staff, including psychologists. Menlo Park Academy offers complimentary testing. 2149 W. 53rd St., Cleveland, 440-925-6365,


Montessori School of University Heights, celebrating 50 years of excellence, is dedicated to helping each child become the unique person his/her Creator intended in a Christian atmosphere of peace, love and respect. The Montessori approach involves: providing comprehensive, individualized opportunities for growth; engaging children in a caring, supportive community; and developing concentration, independence, self-discipline, compassion, confidence and joy in learning. 23599 Cedar Road, University Hts., 216-381-8388,


Old Trail School is an independent, co-educational day school for students ages 2 through eighth grade. Located in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Bath, Ohio, the school offers a personal, nurturing and academically challenging liberal arts program to students and families in a five-county region. It’s committed to a dynamic environment of academic excellence, service learning and global sustainability. The school’s students master reading, writing and mathematics while also being taught to question, investigate and consider multiple perspectives before turning their ideas into purposeful actions. 2315 Ira Road, Bath, 330-666-1118,


“Inspiring Excellence!” Our Shepherd Lutheran School has been serving kindergarten through eighth grade students of Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties for over 38 years. Daily religion, weekly chapel, computer technology, library/media center, and more inspire a well-rounded education of academic excellence built on the foundation of Christ’s love. 508 Mentor Ave., Painesville, 440-357-7776,


Seton Catholic School of Hudson (kindergarten through eighth grade) is a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence serving more than 20 Northeast Ohio communities. Innovation and tradition unite with guided responsible use of technology, successfully integrated with time-honored instruction. Proud recipient of the governor’s award for excellence in STEM Education. Extended day, extracurricular and sports programs. Graduates are accepted to and attend their first choice of exceptional high schools. 6923 Stow Road, Hudson, 330-342-4200,


South Suburban is recognized by the Ohio Department of Education as a toddler through eighth grade community and fully accredited by the American Montessori Society. The school believes the purpose of education is to go beyond the mere acquisition of knowledge to guide children in becoming adults who are problem-solvers, compassionate collaborators and confident, courageous self-learners. Its programs include music, foreign language, art, physical education, outdoor learning opportunities, off-campus field trips and much more. 4450 Oakes Road, Building 6, Brecksville, 440-526-1966, [email protected]


Spring Garden Waldorf School (preschool through eighth grade) is part of the fastest growing independent school movement in the nation. The Waldorf approach works because it addresses the whole child — cognitive, social and creative — while meeting the needs of each individual through a challenging and multi-sensory environment. The school its committed to educating each child so that they will contribute to the future with clear and creative thinking, morals, compassion and courage. 1791 S. Jacoby Road, Copley, 330-666-0574,


“The Future Begins Here.” St. Hilary School in Fairlawn serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade with a curriculum that challenges and accommodates students of diverse learning abilities. Special offerings include Spanish, French, Chinese, religion, art, music, physical education, technology, advanced math, arts-based enrichment, and career electives. Many extracurricular activities, as well as auxiliary, remedial, clinic, lunch and extended care services, are available. The school’s 1:1 iPad and Chromebook program, makerspace and science lab put it at the forefront of STEM learning. 645 Moorfield Road, Fairlawn, 330-867-8720,


St. Sebastian Parish School continues to focus on the directive outlined in its mission statement of “Excellence in education and commitment to Christ.” While the school’s Christ-centered approach is its focus, its recent STEM designation from the state of Ohio puts the school at the forefront of education. Its students participate in hands-on, inquiry- and problem-based learning that is cross-curricular and features collaboration, communication and critical thinking, and the school’s new Innovation Lab will become a hub for student-centered, STEM-based collaboration. 500 Mull Ave., Akron, 330-836-9107,


Valley Christian Academy is a private, co-educational, pre-K through eighth grade Christian school in Aurora, Ohio. VCA offers an exceptional, Christ-centered education and challenging academics. Its quiet and caring environment is home to enrichment programs, a one-of-a-kind STEAM strategy, many extracurriculars and so much more! The school is dedicated to serving your student and preparing them for a successful life. Schedule a tour today and see for yourself! 1037 East Blvd., Aurora, 330-562-8191,


The beautiful, inviting and thoughtfully arranged environment at Westshore Montessori school embodies each element of Maria Montessori’s revolutionary approach. Natural lighting, soft colors and uncluttered spaces set the stage for activity that is focused and calm. Everything is where it is supposed to be, conveying a sense of harmony and order that both comforts and inspires each child to do their best, help their classmates and find the joy of learning. As the west side’s premier Montessori preschool, specializing in early childhood development, Westshore Montessori understands the importance of a strong educational foundation. Lifelong learning skills, character development and independent thinking are the ABCs of its program. 26536 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-899-7911,


Willo-Hill Christian School offers a quality, Christian education for students in preschool through sixth grade. With a dedicated staff and smaller class sizes, the school provides individualized attention to students in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere. WHCS has 1:1 Chromebooks for students in K-6, participates in the Ohio EdChoice Scholarship Program, and offers full-day and half-day options for preschool. Visit or call 440-951-5391 to schedule a tour. “Where Students Grow in Faith and Knowledge.” 4200 State Route 306, Willoughby

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