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 Montessori curriculum provides objects, relationships and an environment which fulfill a child’s innate compulsion to learn. Learning is self-directed and supported in each classroom by university-trained Montessori curriculum experts.
Absolutely an amazing environment to expand a child’s horizon. Every staff member has been friendly, professional and concentrated on the best interest of the children at Summit – Lisa
The classrooms and gym equipment are specifically designed to stimulate fine and gross motor skills indoors and outside children enjoy 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 - 36 Month Program
The Summit Toddler Montessori Program focuses on three distinct developmental needs:
- Movement: Toddlers use specialized play equipment both inside and outside that stimulates fine and gross motor development.
- Language: Because toddlers are acute listeners, activities include singing, rhyming, reading stories and naming and labeling of materials.
- Order: Materials are kept in an orderly manner and activities follow a predictable routine that lets toddlers build self-esteem and take initiative in learning new and challenging skills.
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. The balanced Learning program is their 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.
Primrose is an EXCELLENT, structured, yet fun place for kids and staff! – Tina
Tuition includes all curriculum, two healthy, snacks, and lunch prepared fresh daily (by their chef!), The Music Class music downloads, and low student to teacher ratios. The Primrose curriculum supports their belief that; who children become is as important as what they know. The CMB team loves this about them!
2018 Open House Dates:
- March 14
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 is an investment not only in my child’s education, but in her whole person; character, community, and spiritual development that lasts a lifetime. – Amy, Parent
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! (CMB Fun Fact: We have a few CHCA alumni on our team!)
2018 Open House Dates:
- February 24
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.
We have loved our going on 8 years at CMH. Over our time with the school, I have watched my children grow educationally, physically and emotionally under the very careful eye of the loving staff of CMH. The staff knows my kids and they create a nurturing, fun and safe learning environment that my kids have thrived in. We will miss CMH the day we “have to” leave, but know they have well prepared our children for what is to come. – Megan, Parent
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). See where learning happens naturally.
2018 Open House Dates:
- January 28
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.
As a grandfather of a first-grade student who has attended TNSM since she was 3 1/2, I am completely impressed with the philosophy, faculty, and staff. The students we have met are equally impressive. – Paul
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. This is one school that has truly given thought to every little detail to make your child’s school day as nurturing as possible.
3-year-olds through 6th grade
2018 Open House Dates:
- January 21
Northstar Classical School
Northstar Classical has been such a blessing to our family. The amount of confidence and knowledge our daughter gained through junior kindergarten was remarkable. The staff continues to go above and beyond to nurture students as a whole person, not just a number. – Kristin
If you’re wondering if Northstar could be a good fit for your family, you can find some good questions here.
- February 4th
Montessori Center Room
Founded in 1966, Montessori Center Room prides themselves on an approach which respects the whole child and puts the child’s best interest at the heart of everything they 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 an indoor gym, field trips, and School House Symphony.
MCR is a hidden treasure! It has been the best experience for our family! Our children are so fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the MCR community! – Maure
As their first school experience, MCR makes it their goal to help children leave with a love of learning, a respect for others, and respect for the environment and the classroom. All teachers hold, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree and are fully trained and certified in the Montessori philosophy and curriculum. MCR strives to enroll children from all socio-economic backgrounds and provides tuition assistance for 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.
[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.
Four-year degreed lead teachers create a rich, learning environment to stimulate your child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth.
Enrolling Year Round
Mercy Montessori is Cincinnati’s first Catholic Montessori elementary school and provides students from preschool through 8th grade with a personalized education.
It’s a place where I feel safe and can be myself, where friends become family. It’s not really a school, it’s a home. – Riley (Current Student)
Mercy offers a sliding scale tuition model, in-school swimming instruction, a farm-to-table micro-economy program and attracts students from over 60 zip codes. Mercy educates the whole child and develops a strong foundation for learning.
2018 School Tour Dates:
- January 8
- January 18
- February 1
Children, Inc. offers affordable, high-quality early care and education in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. The majority of their programs are Five Star rated by Step Up for Quality and Kentucky All-Stars. They are dedicated to innovative programs that prepare children to succeed in school and life.
“My son’s teachers are amazing! They are constantly doing innovative and creative projects and the teachers are always informing me of his progress.” – Parent
Classroom environments reflect best practices and curricula that help children gain the skills necessary for kindergarten while providing a comfortable, home-like environment for children.
Serving ages 6 weeks-5 years old with both Montessori and traditional options. Tuition assistance is available.