Choosing the right school for your family can be a daunting task, but if there is one thing we learned while putting together this guide… it’s that we are incredibly fortunate to have so many wonderful options to choose from in Cincinnati and NKY!
Do you have a favorite school that is not on our list? Please tell us about them! Email us at [email protected] and we would love to add them to our reader recommended section of the guide!
Don’t forget to check out our Open House resource HERE!
The Summit Country Day School
Serving children 18 months - 6 years
The Summit Preschool is the only independent school in our area offering a full Montessori preschool experience and one of only a few who are applying the Montessori philosophy in an educational program that starts at 18 months! Whether you are interested in half-day or full-day, there are multiple options, including academic enrichment programs.
Click HERE for details on the various programs, days and times offered. You will LOVE the flexibility available to you at Summit!
The Summit Montessori Program
The toddler curriculum addresses the three primary developmental needs for a child under age 3 – movement, language and order – and provides objects, relationships and an environment which fulfill the toddler’s innate compulsion to learn. Learning is self-directed and supported in each classroom by university-trained Montessori curriculum experts.
Classrooms are designed with Montessori teaching methods in mind, with area for large circles and separate independent work areas that include manipulative materials that promote cognitive development. The Montessori also has gym equipment specifically designed to stimulate fine and gross motor skills and many opportunities for outdoor learning and play on walk-out classroom patios, an outdoor playground, a rooftop playground naturescape, a dedicated Outdoor Learning Space and the Leibold Pond.
As children advance through the toddler program they move seamlessly into the Pre-K and Kindergarten Montessori program, which continues development of confidence and enabling them to face new challenges as they grow.
18 - 24 Month Program
- 3 Day AM (M-T-W)
- 5 Day AM
- 5 Day All Day
- All Day programs are a combination ofthe academic class and enrichment class
- Required rest period occurs mid-day after lunch for all day 18 month olds
24 - 36 Month Program
The Summit’s distinctive Toddler Program addresses the three primary developmental needs for a child under age 3 and provides objects, relationships and an environment which fulfill the toddler’s innate inner compulsion to learn, including movement, language and order.
This program is offered:
- 2 Day AM (Th-F)
- 3 Day AM (M-T-W)
- 5 Day AM
- 5 Day All Day
- All Day program is a combination ofthe academic class and enrichment class
- Required rest period occurs mid-day after lunch for all day 2 year olds
King of Kings Preschool & Kindergarten
Since 1995, King of Kings has offered a classical, Christian education focused on instructing, enriching, and helping our students grow to their fullest potential. Our curriculum is play-based, developmentally appropriate, and aligned with Ohio’s Early Learning Development Standards. We use a developmental educational philosophy which capitalizes on a children’s innate ability to learn — positively challenging students academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually – to prepare them well for elementary school. King of Kings is nationally accredited and serves ages 2 through Kindergarten and offers enrichment through Art, Music, Gym, Spanish, ELL, Summer Camps and a Car Rider Line.
“All three of our children attended King of Kings Preschool. We cannot imagine a more loving, enriching, faith-filled, educational and nurturing environment! Our children now attend private elementary and high schools, and have been incredibly successful in their social, academic and athletic pursuits.”
– S. Clemens, Parent
King of Kings caters to a variety of family schedules by offering half-day, three-quarter day and full-day programs. We look forward to creating a beautiful beginning for your child’s education. Call today to schedule a tour!
Creative Tots Mason
- February 15th 10-11:20a & 12:30-2p
- May 19th (Art Show Open House) 5-7p
Children's Learning Adventure
Children’s Learning Adventure (CLA) offers the highest-quality infant, toddler, preschool and pre-kindergarten, before and after school, holiday and summer camp programs for ages six weeks to 12 years old. Children’s Learning Adventure’s STEAM-based curriculum ensures daily exposure to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics through a multiple learning environments approach. In addition to a primary homeroom, CLA provides daily small group instruction in specialty classrooms to provide authentic learning activities. Students will apply the knowledge they learned in homeroom in specialty classrooms, such as practicing math skills by measuring ingredients in a culinary class.
Children’s Learning Adventure’s Grand Opening is on Saturday, March 18th at 9:00am. Spaces in our programs are on a first come, first serve basis. You can RSVP for the Grand Opening at www.children’slearningadventure.com
The Primrose School of Symmes
The Primrose School of Symmes provides the best in early childhood learning for infants through private full day kindergarten as well as afterschool programming through age 12. Balanced Learning program is our proprietary exclusive, time-tested approach to education. Created from the best early education wisdom, it balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. Tuition includes all curriculum, two healthy, snacks and lunch prepared fresh daily by our chef, The Music Class music downloads, and low student to teacher ratios. We believe who children become is as important as what they know.
2017 Open House Dates:
- January 25
- February 1
(Kindergarten specific for our full day private kindergarten program)
- March 15
- July 25
- October 18
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
Step into CHCA and you will discover an extraordinary, Christ-centered education unlike any within the city, where students have countless opportunities to CHOOSE MORE – where they find their place, pursue their gifts, strengthen their faith, and make an impact on our world.
CHCA’s community is investing over $9 million to deliver exciting new levels of student engagement through innovative programming and expanded facilities. Highlights include a $1.2 million expansion of our Early Childhood Learning Center (opening Fall 2017 with flexible scheduling options for children ages 2-5).
CHCA is more than your child’s school, it’s a vibrant, nurturing learning community where students have the opportunity to do more and be more!
Join us for one of our Campus Visit Days:
- February 9, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
- March 9, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
- April 20, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Children's Meeting House
Children’s Meeting House Montessori School has been guiding children in their education socially, emotionally and academically for over 45 years. The CMH community has a strong family atmosphere, allowing teachers and parents to partner during their children’s most developmental years. CMH offers students a nature experience like no other, with a full time Naturalist on staff to bring the great outdoors to life on the 7+ acre campus. CMH offers curriculum from preschool-6th grade (3-12 year olds).
Come see where learning happens naturally
2017 Open House Dates:
- October 29, 2pm – 4pm
- January 28 (2018), 2pm -4pm
Join a casual, Q & A tour held every Wednesday at 9am during the school year: Coffee with Casey [email protected]
The New School Montessori
For 46 years, The New School Montessori has been leading the way as a model for Montessori methodology and philosophy and is Cincinnati’s only Montessori school accredited by the American Montessori Society. TNSM embraces diversity – valuing differences in race, culture, family, and thought. Their kitchen staff, led by the former chef of a downtown café, prepares made-from-scratch, hot, nutritious lunches every day with many vegetarian options.
3-year-olds through 6th grade
2017 Open House Dates:
- January 22
- April 23
- October 15
Northstar Classical School
St. Gabriel Consolidated School
Kindergarten – 8th Grade
“Choosing St. Gabe has been one of the best decisions we have made for our family. With only two classes for each grade, Kindergarten through 8th, the teachers and staff quickly got to know our family, which helped us feel like members of the community right from the start. St. Gabe offers a high quality, faith-based education, all the while helping us to instill the qualities of love, respect and honestly into our children. We love St. Gabe!” – Shaylen G, parent.
2017 Open House Date:
- February 1st
The Children's House
The Children’s House is a Pre-School – Daycare – Kindergarten concept started over 20 years ago to serve the needs of Greater Cincinnati families looking for quality care with an educational focus. We employ a mix of traditional and Montessori methods to teach children language, math, science, art, music and movement and geography. The Children’s House believes that providing an exciting and extensive education to young children is critical in developing lifelong learners. We accept children as young as 18 months (several centers accept Infants as well) through school-age.
With SIX area locations, The Children’s House makes it easy to find one near you!
Montessori Center Room
Founded in 1966, Montessori Center Room respects the whole child and puts the child’s best interest at the heart of everything we do. MCR is equipped fully with the Montessori materials of daily living, sensorial, math, language, art science and geography, as well as many supplemental activities, including large-muscle activity in our indoor gym, field trips and School House Symphony. As their first school experience, we want children to leave MCR with a love of learning, a respect for others, and respect for the environment and the classroom. Our Teachers hold, at minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree and are fully trained and certified in the Montessori philosophy and curriculum. We strive to enroll children from all socio-economic backgrounds and provide Tuition Assistance for all families with a demonstrated financial need.
Children who are 3 years old and fully toilet-trained may be enrolled.
Check out more great information about Montessori and MCR HERE.
The Gardner School
The Gardner School is an academically-focused preschool with state-of-the-art facilities for six weeks old to six years old. We have four-year degreed lead teachers who create a rich, learning environment to stimulate your child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth.
“[The Gardner School] infant teachers were amazing, beautiful, loving people. The management at TGS is top notch, the teachers are top notch, and the facility is beautiful and clean.” – Sarah R.
Mercy Montessori is Cincinnati’s first Catholic Montessori elementary school and provides students from preschool through 8th grade with a personalized education. Mercy offers a sliding scale tuition model, in-school swimming instruction starting at age three, and attracts students from over 50 zip codes. Mercy educates the whole child and develops a strong foundation for learning.
For the past 40 years, Children, Inc. has offered affordable, high quality early care and education in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. We are dedicated to innovative programs that prepare children to succeed in school and life. Classroom environments reflect best practices and curricula that help children gain the skills necessary for kindergarten. We have a brain research team that looks into the latest research on how the brain develops so that we can provide the most useful education to our young learners. Both Montessori and traditional options are available.
Serving ages 6 weeks-5 years old.