Middle School Guide Listings

Middle School Guide Listings

Are you considering a new middle school for your child? Consult the Middle School Guide for a listing of Northeast Ohio private and other school options for your child’s next educational step.

CLEVELAND MONTESSORI SCHOOL Cleveland Montessori has been serving the Little Italy and Greater Cleveland Community for over 25 years, providing an education for life, which celebrates diversity, growth and joy. Students from preschool through eighth grade are met with respect and compassion as they strive to meet their individual potential in beautifully prepared classrooms that offer social, emotional and academic experiences in a unique urban setting. Apply now for 2023-24. 216-421-0700, [email protected], clevelandmontessori.org


 A better way to find quality public school options in Cleveland. Cleveland Transformation Alliance (CTA) is a reliable and trusted community partner providing families with tools and resources to help them make informed school choice decisions. Work with a CTA navigator today to create a personalized plan and find the best fit school for your family. mycleschool.org


Gilmour’s Montessori toddler and preschool programs teach children how to learn. Students then move seamlessly into kindergarten through sixth grade, where they are provided endless possibilities to grow, with opportunities ranging from robotics to learning a new instrument each year, to service and nature-based learning. Students then progress to the middle and upper schools to expand on this foundation. As an independent, Catholic school, Gilmour is rooted in its mission to educate the mind and empower the heart of every student. gilmour.org


Hawken’s lower and middle school programs reflect the school’s dual commitment to academic and social curricula and focuses on building a strong foundation in basic academic skills with an increasing emphasis on personal responsibility. Recent renovations support not only Hawken’s commitment to truly knowing each student as a learner and individual, but also the school’s evolving personalized learning model. Every set of grade-level classrooms has access to an adjacent learning commons to support differentiated learning groups as well as collaborative and project-based approaches to learning. hawken.edu


Hershey Montessori School prepares students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Their Montessori approach to education is scientifically geared toward the student’s stages of natural child development. This allows students to discover their individual strengths and master challenging concepts based on personal growth and interests. Hershey’s Concord Campus educates children from birth through sixth grade and their Huntsburg Campus educates adolescents from seventh through 12th grade. Tuition assistance and transportation are available. hershey-montessori.org


iSTEM, an independent, public, STEM school maximizes a student’s individual potential.  Students engage in a personally relevant and academically rigorous curriculum and are prepared for college and 21st century careers through problem-based interdisciplinary learning. iSTEM is open to students in sixth grade through 12th grade and is tuition-free. iSTEM can guide your child to “Think, Grow, and Be.” Join them Saturday, Oct. 22 from noon-2 p.m. to learn how your student can join the iSTEM school community. 440-898-3283, istemghs.org


Julie Billiart Schools, a private, Catholic network of kindergarten through eighth grade schools in Akron, Lyndhurst, and Westlake, educate and empower children with mild to moderate autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning and social differences. JB celebrates potential, nurtures curiosity, and customizes teaching to their students’ unique learning styles. Students are surrounded by strategically designed classrooms, small student-to-teacher ratios, onsite therapies, and state-of-the-art technology. JB students are supported by onsite therapists and certified intervention specialists. juliebilliartschool.org


Lake Ridge Academy is an independent kindergarten through 12th grade college preparatory school. Strong academic programs, engaging faculty, and an 8:1 student-to-teacher ratio creates an educational environment that fuels a student’s passion for learning. Lower School students learn to think critically through a rich, hands-on curriculum that connects them to the natural world. Special emphasis is placed on social-emotional learning and cultural appreciation through world language classes. Their fall K-12 preview day will be Oct. 24. Register at lakeridgeacademy.org 


Menlo Park Academy is the state’s only tuition-free school for gifted children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school offers an innovative, accelerated curriculum, including nine high-school-credit classes, the opportunity to learn alongside like-minded peers, and a faculty dedicated to meeting the unique needs of gifted children. Students can explore their passions, build friendships, and find belonging as well as academic and social emotional success. Menlo Park Academy is the No. 1 charter elementary, No. 1 charter middle school, ranked No.13 of all kindergarten through fifth grade Ohio public schools (niche.com). menloparkacademy.com


OSLS has been joyfully serving the community for four decades. They have a highly-educated and caring staff that engages students with innovative programs and hands-on learning while remaining dedicated to the faith formation of students in a loving, Christ-centered environment. They are a kindergarten through eighth grade Christian school housed in the Zion Lutheran Church campus and have a low teacher-student ratio resulting in a greater focus on individual student’s needs. oslpainesville.org


Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights is more than just a school for children ages 18 months through eighth grade. It is a beloved community where children are guided by experienced montessori-trained teachers and immersed in a rigorous curriculum. Explore their beautiful classrooms and see why Ruffing is the compelling school of choice for so many at the admissions open house on Nov. 12 from noon-2 p.m. Register at ruffingmontessori.net or call 216-321-7571.


Seton Catholic School (pre-kindergarten through grade eight) is a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School.  A lifetime love of learning starts here! Young hearts and minds develop into thoughtful, educated students – ready to thrive and grow. Immersed in the humanities, arts and sciences, foreign languages, mathematics, and environmental education – students are nurtured in a setting of constructive and personalized learning.  Innovation and tradition unite with guided responsible use of technology, successfully integrated with time-honored instruction. setoncatholicschool.org


The Future Begins Here. St. Hilary School in Fairlawn serves students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade in a faith-based environment with a curriculum that challenges and accommodates diverse learning abilities. The average student-teacher ratio is 19:1. Special offerings include Spanish, French, Chinese, religion, art, music, physical education, technology, advanced math, and enrichment opportunities. Many extracurricular activities, as well as auxiliary, remedial, clinic, lunch, and extended care services, are available. Chromebooks, a makerspace and science lab put the school at the forefront of STEM learning. 330-867-8720, ext. 343, st-hilaryschool.org


St. Sebastian Parish School focuses on its mission statement of “excellence in education and commitment to Christ.” While its Christ-centered approach is its focus, their STEM designation from the State of Ohio puts the school at the forefront of education. Students participate in hands-on problem-based learning that is cross-curricular and features collaboration and critical thinking. They have the opportunity to learn about coding and 3-D printing in the Technology Learning Lab and the 1:1 Chromebook program provides technology that personalizes the learning environment. stsebastian.org



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