Message from the Director
From Tina Schneider, Director
Welcome to Our School
Our school is founded on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, the world-renowned Italian educator and physician. Our reputation for excellence has attracted a diverse population of families from all over Greater Cleveland. In this small, community-based school, students have the unique advantage of immense cultural and educational resources right outside our doors within the Little Italy neighborhood and in nearby University Circle.
It was a natural fit to integrate the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to encourage students to develop their own personal relationship with God. Each classroom features an atrium space with materials to engage the child in the stories and people of the Christian faith. Respecting each family’s personal religious beliefs, our students are encouraged to deepen their own faith through the presence of the Good Shepherd.
Key to our success has been our deep commitment to the Montessori principles, our strong Catholic identity and support from Holy Rosary Parish, and a marvelous community of dedicated parents, staff, and friends who work tirelessly to help us achieve our vision. Through regular consultations with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), we’ve retained the esteemed status that comes from earning the AMI certificate of recognition.
We are no longer a "pioneer school" – but an established and respected educational institution in Greater Cleveland and in University Circle. We’re excited about the school’s enormous potential as we plan for continued expansion at the primary and elementary levels to support the Montessori continuum up to our Middle School.
Please feel free to call me with any questions – and to schedule a time to come in and observe a classroom. Dr. Maria Montessori felt the best way to understand children is to observe them…. We invite you to come and see!