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Cincinnati, OH
Students enrolled: 600
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5945 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45213

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(513) 363-4400
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May 02, 2014
PRM IS GREAT......PRINCIPAL TEACHERS AND STAFF ARE CONSCIENTIOUS AND CARING.. THEY COMMUNICATE WELL TO STUDENT AND THE PARENT. TEST SCORES ARE IMPROVING AND THE STUDENTS ARE WELL BEHAVED AND MANNERABLE. MY FIRST GRADES OFTEN SHARES THINGS HE HAS LEARNED AND HOLD ENGAGING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HIS SCHOOL EXPENRIENCE. PRM IS DEFINITELY MAKING CONSTANT IMPROVEMENTS. THE OLD TEST SCORE RESULTS DO NOT REFLECT THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT AND STANDARDS. I AM VERY PLEASED THAT MY CHILD IS IN GOOD HANDS AT PRM. IT TRULY DOES ROCK...

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
I love this school the teachers are so good to the students my children have never been involved in so many different things I could never ask for any better school for my children

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
PRM is an example of a neighborhood Montessori program that works! An incredibly dedicated staff working diligently to ensure that the needs and goals of a diverse student body are met. The parent and community involvement is impressive. Our kids have been at this school for several years and we love it!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
We feel so fortunate to live in a school district that values a community and team-based approach to education. Parent and teacher involvement, dynamic and continuous improvement based on feedback as well as impressive leadership makes this school one of a kind. My daughers are being set up for success through the Montessori style of teaching partnered with excellent teachers and community.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
After three years of being bullied in a Catholic school, and a year and a half in online school, we tried PRM. During the tour my grandson was excited, and was thrilled to begin. The support staff is fabulous. There is NO BULLYING. Evveryone is part of a community. We will miss the school and fabulous principal when he goes to Clark next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
PRM is a great community. The Montessori method has given our kids such a strong framework for language arts and reading. The multi-age classrooms are also great because students can move at their own pace much more naturally. It really works well for kids who are moving faster. My kids love it because they can tackle the big questions like, 'What is the Big Bang?', 'How have languages evolved?,' 'How big is 1,000?' PRM also has wonderful after school programs, the musicals are great and it offers sports teams. They also have a school garden and a nature playscape which is unique. The down-sides are that logistics can be a hassle sometimes, e.g. the car lines are not very kid-friendly, dealing with CPS regulations can be a drag, etc. The students also have very little time to eat & play outside, just 30 minutes (though that's fairly standard in public schools, I think). Also, because the school is growing fast, some families might find the size overwhelming.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
We love Pleasant Ridge Montessori for so many reasons. Parents and community members are involved and invested in this school. The Montessori curriculum has been perfect for both my daughter, who is a hard-working, self-motivated learner who thrives when she is challenged, and for my son, who is very active and would have a tough time sitting in a desk all day. I am constantly amazed at the caliber of work they are doing. Unlike some schools, PRM still has art, music and PE as part of the school day, and community partners team up with the school to offer unique enrichment programs (arts, STEM, nature and more) during and after school and as summer camps. PRM's school garden is an amazing place and has transformed the school yard into a place where children have hands-on learning experiences and grow food that they get to eat! We've been involved with this school for nearly eight years, since the inception of the Montessori curriculum, and it just keeps getting better. Test scores don't begin to tell the story of PRM.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I am hearing great things about pleasant ridge Montessori from families in the neighborhood!! Tons of parent involvement, motivated teachers, growing community! Looking forward to touring for my son!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2013
The statistics on this website for both economic and racial diversity are quite out of date. We are now at 61% of students eligible for free or reduced lunch, down from 98% 6 years ago. This has changed as we have increased the number of students, and greatly added to the socio-economic diversity by making it a fabulous neighborhood public school. Seeing is believing, come take a tour.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
Pleasant Ridge Montessori is beginning to see the results of years of parental involvement to turn around the former Pleasant Ridge School. As students have moved up through the ranks, test scores have improved, and will continue to do so as more people discover this hidden gem. It's not just test scores, though. My children are challenged to be leaders, to treat others with respect, to show empathy for people who are different, to think divergently, to be independent. In short, they are learning values much larger than facts and figures. They are being prepared for the world of the future. Parents started this school, and parents continue to lead it. Just last week, 65 parents came to our PTO meeting. The depth of commitment is profound. We have turned down out of state job offers to stay at this school, that's how much we love it. It is such a hidden gem in this city.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2012
PRM is a great school once you look past the test scores of the kids that did not start out their education there. The teachers there all love their jobs and it shows in the way that they teach and interact with the students and there is not another school in Cincinnati with better parent support and participation than PRM.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
I am so happy that we chose to send our daughter to Pleasant Ridge Montessori and we plan to send our other two younger children there as well. We are so fortunate to have PRM in our neighborhood. I am constantly impressed with the quality of work that my kindergartener brings home and how much she is learning. The communications received from the teacher, PTO, and administration are excellent. I am also impressed with the extracurricular activities offered by the school. I did a lot of research and classroom observations of other area schools during our decision-making process and am so happy with our decision to choose PRM!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
We are absolutely in love with PRM. Don't focus on the test scores or you will miss an amazing educational opportunity for both you and your kids. PRM has been recognized as a premier model of a neighborhood Montessori school. The new building and new curriculum were introduced just 3 years ago. The school recently partnered with Xavier University and has XU staff on site daily. XU is also recognized internationally as the leader of Montessori Education. The energy at PRM is strong. The community is involved and understands that, with diligence, the scores on the outside will soon reflect what is really happening on the inside. Montessori is more than passing a test; it is teaching to the whole child from the inside out.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
PRM is an amazing place, that is getting better all the time. My daughter began in Kindergarten and we are now in 4th grade. In Montessori 4th is part of "9-12", the 3rd age grouping. Her daily work is rigorous. We have had the gift of getting to know a wide diversity of students and families from all walks of life. This has been the biggest gift.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
PRM is a tremendous success and the test scores do not reflect what is happening inside the builidng. The curriculum is above par with the help of a newly formed partnership with XU. The principal, teachers, and parent leadership are establishing firm guidelines and procedures. Weekly email reminders and notices go out twice a week. Folders come home with inserts. The web site contains the calendar for the year. Information is accessible. The parent involvement and ability to raise money surpasses most of the magnet schools. Everyone - parents, teachers, staff -- are so inviting and kind. There is room for everyone to be involved in some way. I have no doubt my children will get into the high school of their choice and be well-prepared after having access to the programming and extracurriculars available at PRM. PRM will be the gem of CPS soon.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
Our family lives in Amberley Village and when we moved into the area with small children we were worried about which school to send our children. How lucky are we to have Pleasant Ridge Montessori right in our backyard. We have a 4 and 5 year old at the school and we couldn't be more pleased. Our Kindergartener is an avid reader and LOVES her time at school, continent study, the hundreds board, and the movable alphabet. PRM is a constant source of happiness for her. We have been extremely impressed with the level of parent involvement as well as the commitment to the children and the school that so many parent and teachers share. PRM truly is a community and one that we are so happy to be a part of.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2010
I LOVE Pleasant Ridge Montessori!! I see hard work and determination to make a neighborhood Montessori school a success!! It is not easy, but it's being done AND BEAUTIFULLY!

- submitted by a community member
October 13, 2010
We had high hopes for this school. Unfortunately, they are an organizational nightmare. Often times our child will come home with papers about events that have already passed, or are going to commence that evening. In addition, our child is very bright and did exceptionally well in her last school. However, she has forgotten nearly everything she learned in the past because they are so behind at this school. Our child's teacher seems preoccupied and dismissive. We are looking into our options to get our child into a school that is more organized, doesn't fail the state tests and has adequate teachers. In addition to all of this, the PTO at this school is a joke. It is akin to a sorority/fraternity. Nothing ever happens at the meetings, just the same people talking to hear themselves talk. Oh, and the food they serve them is abysmal at the very least.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
I attended P Ridge in the 40's and 50's. I loved my teachers, especially Miss Martha Seifried who taught music and made us learn all the verses to The Star Spangled Banner. I still remember the last verse! John Smith was the principal, Mr. Walling taught Gym, Mr. Wardlaw taught Shop, Mrs. Armstrong taught art, and Mrs Brasch taught Math. I entered in the 3rd grade and after 8th I went to Withrow.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 19, 2010
Because it is a neighborhood school and the staff is great!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
My son and daughter just started this year (2009) at Pleasant Ridge Montessori. The community effort that has gone into this school is amazing. This is a true Montessori - in the neighborhood and community-focused. The start of school has be great. The kids are loving their teachers/classes, and the communication with parents has been really good. You can feel the energy! It is a school that has had a lot of transition in the past 1-2 years (new building, new way of teaching, going from K-8 to K-6, new principal last year, new teachers and training teachers for Motnessori). Now it is finally settled into its new home and has an established Montessori program with support from Xavier University. As the change in this school works up through the grades, with more kids with more years of the Montessori education under their belt, we are only bound see more successes.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2009
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March 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
My prek daughter started in 2007. I wasn't familar with Montessori but wanted her to be in a prek class and figured I'd try it out. The teachers are wonderful, the parents/community are very activiely involved to make sure the school is a success, and best of all my daughter absolutely loves it. Just went to the preview tour last week and the school is beautiful. I can't wait till her first day of school. I have also been very impressed with the new principal Maria Lagdameo (formerly assistant vice principal) @ Clarks Montessori.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2008
My daughter started preschool in the 2006 school year. She absolutely loves it and we've been very happy with her development. There is a lot of parent involvement to ensure that this school becomes successful. We are very excited about the new school and look forward to the next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2008
I am a parent of 2 children at Pleasant Ridge Montessori, one in preschool and one in kindergarten. We have chosen this school because we want our children to be educated in a diverse environment. We have been very pleased with the teachers, the Montessori materials and curriculum and the sense of community that surrounds us everyday as we attend our neighborhood school. CPS is a big district, with well-known financial challenges, but they listen to parents who care about their children's education. Pleasant Ridge Montessori is a work in progress, well on its way to success despite its test scores and well worth the support of every member of this community. It will be a wonderful school for every child that enters its doors if we give it a chance, have high expectations, and encourage greatness by being involved parents, and demanding the best from CPS!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2008
I believe this will be wonderful school and a great asset to the neighborhood. My child has had much academic improvement since starting here. Teachers re excellent. Great afterschool program. Would love more diversity and parental involvement.

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January 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 2007
Pleasant Ridge Montessori is a different school this year than the school which is reviewed in 2006 and before. This is the first full year of implementation of the new Montessori program with new staff, unprecedented parental and community involvement and a new principal. Although still new in its implementation and struggling in an interim facility while the new building is being completed, the educational experience has been transformed. This is becoming a true, high quality neighborhood school which is bringing the public back to public education.

- submitted by a community member
November 28, 2007
I am a parent of two children who attend the Pleasant Ridge Montessori School. One child is in Kindergarten, and the other in her second year of preschool. Their experiences have been above average by far. The teachers are fabulous, and the materials are so inviting and interesting. There are so many involved parents. The school is trying to change in a such a positive direction. If it continues, and parents continue to send their children there, then it will be so wonderful for our community. It is up to us to make it work. So far, it has been wonderful for my children. I think it is great that Amberley finally has a neighborhood school. The school could be what we make it to be. Let's use it!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
The school is a Montessori school and they will have a brand new building in August 2008. Our child is in kindergarten and loves it. Her teacher is very good and the teacher she will have next year is very good as well. The school is becoming more racially and economically diverse, which is very important to us as we cherish diversity. There are a variety of neighborhoods that send children to this school. We have met several parents who are very involved in the school. This school has a way to go, but it has great potential. My wife and I are professionals and middle class and we are giving the school a try and suggest you consider it as well.

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April 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2006
My daughter attended this school from 2001-2003. Some of the teachers that I experienced were not attentive of student's needs. I was forced on several occasions to plea for my daughter to receive extra help.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
This is our neighborhood school, and we unknowingly sent our daughter there this year. We will not be returning next year. There are income restrictions, so we will probably have to pay for the tutoring out-of-pocket. Next year I would prefer to spend my money on tuition for a different school! There is absolutely NO incentive for a middle/upper-class family to send their child here. They are posturing to be a Montessori program next year, but they will still be a neighborhood school, so count us out.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2005
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Pleasant Ridge Montessori School
5945 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH  45213
(513) 363-4400
Last modified Pleasant Ridge Montessori School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pleasant Ridge Montessori School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top