Northeast Ohio Independent School Guide

Northeast Ohio Independent School Guide

Are you considering a new school for your child? Consult our 2017-18 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 2017-18 Independent School Open House Listings.

Academy of St. Adalbert kindergarten through eighth grade students actively engage in collaboration, communication and critical thinking with STEAM and Global learning experiences. They are technology focused, using Chromebooks, iPads and SMARTboards in all classes, Google Apps for Education and zSpace units this Fall. Both enrichment opportunities and interventions are offered to help all students unlock their full potential. The school is “Forming Disciples, Empowering Leaders and Changing Lives.” 56 Adalbert St., Berea, 440-234-5529,

Beaumont School is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school where girls grow to be accomplished young women, and confident, compassionate leaders. Sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, Beaumont educates women for life, leadership and service, and is the only all-girls’ International Baccalaureate Candidate School in Greater Cleveland. 3301 N. Park Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216-325-1661,

Cleveland Montessori is celebrating 23 years of serving the children of Greater Cleveland. A Montessori education looks at each child’s individual potential academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Students in preschool through middle school thrive in this unique urban setting. The school’s proximity to University Circle provides many extensions for cultural and scientific exploration, setting the stage for an experience rich in -diversity, growth and joy. 12510 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, 216-421-0700,

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy is a college prep middle and high school that provides a place for students to encounter the real world, ask the hard questions, and own their faith while preparing them for college and beyond. CVCA now welcomes incoming sixth graders with a new comprehensive middle school program. Find out more at one of the school’s middle school parent informational meetings and/or join its open house on Oct. 20. With more than $1.5 million given in financial assistance, CVCA is more affordable than you think. 4687 Wyoga Lake Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-929-0575,

Effective Leadership Academy’s mission is to help young people develop their most valuable asset — themselves. Through a variety of hands-on, engaging activities, students take a “journey of self-discovery” and gain essential tools for success. ELA’s goal is to reach as many students as possible. ELA conveniently brings its programs and activities to schools, community organizations and corporate offices around the country. ELA has more than 17,000 alumni and 120-plus school and community partners. 4480 Richmond Road, Warrensville Hts., 216-292-8775,

“A Gesu Education/Different by Design.” Gesu is excited to announce the opening of its STREAM Center. An educational community in the Jesuit tradition, Gesu Catholic School offers students the opportunity to integrate the disciplines of science, technology, religion, engineering, art and math into learning experiences. Come for a visit and see the school’s students actively engaged in its classrooms and two Makerspaces. The school is located at 2450 Miramar Blvd. in University Hts. For preschool, kindergarten, or admission information for grades first through eighth, contact Judi Herbert at 216-932-0620, ext. 117 or [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. Its mission is rooted in educating the mind and empowering the heart. From ages 18 months to 18 years, everything at Gilmour is focused on cultivating the four enduring competencies most important in developing students as leaders: effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving, leadership, and moral responsibility. 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. Offerings include parent-toddler groups and a classroom for children with autism spectrum disorders. 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. The school’s approach has been used to train educators across Northeast Ohio for more than 65 years. 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. 19; infant through fourth grade on Saturday, Nov. 4. 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 committed to the development of character and intellect. The school’s innovative schedule, individualized student attention, early childhood center and nationally recognized programming help to build the skills and confidence needed to thrive in an increasingly complex and dynamic world. An innovative facility, Stirn Hall, opened on the Upper School campus in 2016 to better serve the school’s forward-focused curriculum. Upper School, 12465 County Line Rd, Gates Mills, 440-423-4446, Lower/Middle School, 5000 Clubside Road, Lyndhurst,

Holy Family School in Stow (pre-k, kindergarten through eighth grade) is an 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,

Julie Billiart Schools is a network of schools serving children in kindergarten through eighth grade with special learning challenges. Currently, it has campuses in Lyndhurst and Akron that offer unique learning environments for students with autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and social learning challenges. Julie Billiart Schools strive to build self-confidence, inspire Christian values, and empower students with skills, knowledge and enthusiasm for learning. They are Catholic, non-public schools that respect diverse faith traditions. Julie Billiart Schools are providers of the Jon Peterson and Autism Scholarships. Lyndhurst Campus, 4982 Clubside Road, Lyndhurst, 216-381-1191. Akron Campus, 380 Mineola Ave., Akron, 234-206-0941,

Lake Ridge Academy is a private kindergarten through 12th grade college preparatory school on Cleveland’s west side. Located in North Ridgeville, this centrally located school attracts students from 40 communities. They are drawn to the school’s rigorous academic programs and supportive community atmosphere. With an 8:1 student to teacher ratio, each student receives the individual level of attention they deserve. The new Kemper Science and Engineering Building includes one of the largest and most advanced fab labs in the area. 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 140-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. 15 from 1-3 p.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 — for collegiate success, for 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,

The Lippman School offers a transitional kindergarten through eighth grade independent school education. With a reputation for diversity, hands-on learning, excellent student/teacher ratios, Spanish or Hebrew studies, visual and performing arts, and science and technology labs, students are prepared for a top-tier high school. Carefully selected teachers, a fast-paced curriculum with international perspective, and a robust sense of community encourage students to easily connect with their peer group and gain confidence through a sense of belonging. 750 White Pond Drive, Akron, 330-836-0419,

Medina Christian Academy is a community Christian school offering preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school education to families from approximately 30 congregations with an uplifting, empowering and caring education in a distinctive Christian atmosphere. Parents are invited to communicate regularly with teachers and staff, be active participants in their child’s education and demonstrate a spirit of service to others by volunteering and supporting various fundraising events. 3646 Medina Road, Medina, 330-725-3227,

Serving the gifted learner from more than 40 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 world-renowned psychologists. Menlo Park Academy offers complimentary testing. 2149 W. 53rd St., Cleveland, 440-925-6365,

Montessori School of University Heights, celebrating 49 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,

Early Childhood at The Music Settlement has fostered a joy of learning since 1955. It is the first independent EC program in Cleveland to receive the coveted Step Up To Quality 5-Star Award by the State of Ohio. TMS provides a community that encourages curiosity, collaboration and discovery. Half-day preschool, year-round day school, and full-day kindergarten provide engaging and creative experiences for children ages 3-6. Accredited by Universal Pre-Kindergarten and PRE4CLE. 11125 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland (Ohio City campus opens Fall 2018), 216-421-5806 ext. 160,, [email protected]

OHDELA is an online public school in Ohio that helps students in kindergarten through 12th grade all over Ohio thrive in their schoolwork and in life. OHDELA empowers students to be their best by enabling them to learn in ways that are right for them—at home, at their proper level, and at their own pace. Don’t wait. Empower your child with OHDELA today. Call 866-509-3099 now to get started. Or visit

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,

Open Door Christian Schools are co-educational preschool through 12th grade college preparatory schools serving Christian families in Northeast Ohio. ODCS provides a safe and nurturing environment where students can thrive and be well prepared for life. ODCS is your family’s partner as your student discovers their identity in Christ, develops their faith and discovers their calling. In partnership with the family and church, its mission is to equip disciples through exemplary education. 8287 W. Ridge Road, Elyria, 440-326-2367,

Our Lady of the Elms is an independent, all-girls Catholic school rooted in the Dominican tradition. Students from various ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, and lay and religious educators, come together to form a learning community alive with the discovery and exploration of ideas. Its coeducational preschool and kindergarten provide a warm and nurturing backdrop of active learning. Girls and young women in grades first through 12th experience a liberating learning and social environment where they can flourish, excel and achieve without hesitation or distraction. 1375 W. Exchange St., Akron, 330-836-9384,

Inspiring Excellence! Our Shepherd Lutheran School serving K-8 students of Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula counties for over 38 years! Daily religion, weekly chapel, S.T.E.A.M. programs, 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,

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 brand new Innovation Lab will become a hub for student-centered, STEM-based collaboration. 500 Mull Ave., Akron, 330-836-9107,

Seton Catholic School of Hudson (kindergarten through eighth grade) is an 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, extra-curricular and sports programs. Graduates accepted to and attending their first choice exceptional high schools. 6923 Stow Road, Hudson, 330-342-4200,

South Suburban is fully 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,

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 is 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,

A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Sts. Joseph and John School in Strongsville has been instilling Catholic values, setting high standards for academic excellence, and developing positive attitudes for service in its students for more than 60 years. At SJJ, character development is stressed by using Catholic principles and practices, providing opportunities to live these principles, and recognizing students for exhibiting ethical and moral behavior. They live the values and teachings of Catholic faith, serve as Jesus served, and encourage lifelong learning. Discover the SJJ Advantage. 12580 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-238-4877,

University School is a place for your son to explore, tinker, create and discover. Attend our Family Open Houses on Oct. 4 for boys through eighth grade, and on Oct. 8 for grades ninth through 12th. New in fall of 2018 is a Junior Kindergarten program to allow younger boys to start their journey at US. Get a sneak peek at its brand-new design lab — STEAMworks — where boys turn their imaginations into reality. Register at Hunting Valley Campus (grades ninth through 12th), 2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley, 216-831-2200; Shaker Heights Campus (grades kindergarten through eighth), 20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Hts., 216-321-8260,

Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School is a Catholic, comprehensive college-preparatory school and the only school in the world co-sponsored 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. 18491 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland, 216-481-8414,

Willo-Hill Christian School is committed to providing a quality, Christian education for students in preschool through sixth grade. With a dedicated staff and smaller class sizes, students receive individualized attention in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere. WHCS has full-day kindergarten and offers both full-day and half-day options for preschool. Call 440-951-5391 to schedule a tour of the campus or visit the school’s website at Willo-Hill Christian School: “Where Students Grow in Faith and Knowledge.” 4200 State Route 306, Willoughby, 440-951-5391,

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Denise Koeth is managing/digital editor of Northeast Ohio Parent. She writes for and assists with production of the print magazine, as well as manages digital content on the website and oversees the brand’s social media activity. Denise grew up in Northeast Ohio and she and her husband are currently raising their two boys here.

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