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Central Montessori Academy

Private | PK-6 | 100 students

We are best known for being a school that develops thoughtful scholars.
 
 

 
 

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2011:
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Posted November 24, 2013

I feel so incredibly fortunate that I found this school for my sons. I enrolled my oldest son last year in preschool and knew I had found exactly what I was looking for. The teachers are amazing. They are kind, attentive and really get to know the students well. They also provide the right amount of discipline to keep the classroom functioning with little disruption, which is lacking in public schools today. To watch the young preschoolers stay on task and manage their works is unbelievable. They are provided with a lot of choices and can really develop their skills in their own time frame. The teachers and school maintain great communication with the families. Being a small school, the students really get to know each other well and they care so much about one another. I feel like the close knit community feel of the school really diminishes a number of problems found in large public schools (bullying, children who get lost in the mix or whose needs aren't met, labeling and tracking of students, etc.). We have given up numerous "perks" in life to afford our kids to go here and it's well worth it. If you are considering the school, I would seriously make an appointment to visit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

This school is wonderful. They teach that everyone is unique and learns their own way. So no one is labeled as different. They allow children to advance at their ace so that those who are advanced can wok on work appropriate for their abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2013

My two children have attended CMA for many years. They love it and we love it. They constantly surprise us with what they know. The knowledge is deep and intuitive -- it's become a part of them. We had no idea what Montessori learning was before CMA but we now know this is at its core. The physical school, the teachers, the staff and all the wonderful families and volunteers make learning an exciting, joyful part of life. We would never consider anywhere else. Regarding the comment below about diet, I wonder if the person that posted that had the correct school. My children are vegetarian and in kindergarten, lower elementary and upper elementary everyone has supported them completely and absolutely, even encouraging them to bring in food to share (e.g., Quorn "turkey" roast at Thanksgiving).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2012

I find the 1-star reviewer absolutely un-believable! I have had children at CMA for almost 10 years and NEVER have I heard an unpleasant word from a teacher. (Before CMA, my kids were going to a public school where kids were scolded and derided daily now THAT was unpleasant.) CMA is like a breath of fresh air. Every day, my child is greeted with a hug and a smile, and every afternoon, he is escorted to the car with a wish for a great evening. This school is like a large family, and every child is valued. I have spent time in the classrooms, and the level of engagement by the students is inspiring. THIS is what a Montessori school is supposed to look like. The teachers here get it , and they live it every day. They have created a lovely environment where following the child is possible. The strong organizational skills taught at the upper elementary level help prepare students for the more rigorous demands of Middle School. My son absolutely loves going to school what more could a parent want?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

Central Montessori Academy truly supports the development of the whole child and has been a good match for both of my very different children! Both of my children have attended CMA since they were infants. My seven year old is very creative, sensitive, and academically advanced. CMA has been able to challenge her academically and the Montessori method provides endless opportunities for her academic growth. She is encouraged to use her creativeness through research projects, presentations, and story writing. She loves her school and teachers! My 3 year old is developing into a very independent learner. He needs lots of movement opportunities during his learning time and the Montessori environment provides lots of freedom for this to happen! He loves making his own work choices, preparing his own snack, singing and dancing with his friends, and of course playing on the beautiful natural playground. His teachers are consistent, loving, and enthusiastic. CMA is a great match for us and the CMA community is an extension of our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2012

I feel deeply conflicted about reviewing this school. On one hand, the montessori method is amazing, the families are fantastic, there is a nurturing feeling at this institution, and there truly are some passionate master teachers here. On the other hand, some teachers are beyond rigid and there is a fair amount of dysfunction. HOnestly, I feel like the one room classroom model is a fantastic "nest" for 9 and under. At 10 and up, my child was chafing for new experiences, different types of instruction, a larger peer group, and interaction with new teachers. In short, the school worked beautifully for my child until it didn't anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

Frankly, I am surprised to see the other review regarding issues with dietary needs. My child has food allergies, as do several other children who attend CMA, and the teachers and staff have been extremely accommodating. They have even encouraged us to bring in "backup" snacks in case our child can't have something that is brought in for the class to share. That said, we feel this school is amazing! Our two children have learned so much in the three years that we've been a part of the CMA community. They have learned to *love learning* at CMA, which is something they will keep wth them the rest of their lives. CMA is worth every penny!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2011

The teachers are rude and unpleasant. My neice never felt safe or happy there. Addiionally, my neice is vegan and they refused to accomodate her; they told her "if you can't eat this snack, then don't eat". They wouldn't let her bring in her own snacks to accomodate her needs.


Posted April 23, 2010

All three of my kids go to CMA. I didn't know much about Montessori education when we found it, but I am absolutely amazed at the work they do here. My kids are happy, thriving, and enjoying the process of learning. The best way to learn about CMA is to take a tour during a school day, so you can see the kids at work in the classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

My family has been at Central Montessori Academy for seven years. Both of my children attend and are so far ahead of traditional students that are their same age. The Montessori philosophy breeds the love of learning and the constant thirst for knowledge. We are very happy here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2007

My children started at 3 yrs old and went through the 6th grade. If you're looking for a real Montessori school that 'follows the child' this is the place for you. My children were so prepared academiclly and socially to advance to the 7th grade. If you're looking for a school that will nurture, love, provide advanced academics as well as preparing your child for the world in a compassonate environment, this is the place for you. Check it out, it's worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2005

I love this school. My son is learning so much. By the time he was 4, he could identify ALL 7 continents on a map! He's 6 y.o. now and learning division! The teachers are great. I just wish it was cheaper and they had more extra-curricular activities. As a parent, I get involved at the school and I see several other parents who do the same. I love the way the Montessori curriculum is set up so students keep re-visiting the same general topics year after year, but go deeper each time. My son is still in Kindergarten and they've started teaching him HOW TO DO RESEARCH! I marvel at what he's capable of! Definitely take a tour and check it out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2004

Our daughter has gone to CMA for 3 years. A montessori education is a blessing for us. She shows focus and respect as well as a real zeal for unusual things. The older children at the school are wonderful role models and are very smart. The teachers are dedicated and caring while keeping a disciplined environment.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 77%
Black 12% 19%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% N/A
Hispanic 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Italian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Laura Lackner Saylor
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMI
  • AMS
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (513) 742-5870

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Social justice
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
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Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • At Central Montessori Academy education is not about lecture, drill, or rote memorization. Education at Central Montessori Academy, while rigorous, is more about providing each child with the experience to learn in a way that works for the unique individual they are. The children then live what they learn making the lessons become a part of who they are, instead of something to be forgotten after the test has been given. As our school continues to grow, we are looking for families who share our values and beliefs about what an education can be. Our goal in admissions is to find the best possible match between student, family and school.
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Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$3000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Clark Montessori Junior/Senior High School
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1904 Springdale Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45231
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