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The New School Montessori

Since our founding in 1970, we’ve interwoven Montessori principles, peace curriculum, and problem-solving concepts to provide a stimulating and nurturing school environment for children ages 3-12. Our Montessori-credentialed staff support high academic and personal achievement. Students enjoy our wooded playground, home-cooked healthy lunches (included in tuition), and family-like setting in North Avondale’s Mitchell Mansion. Half- and Full-day available. Dual accreditation: AMS, ISACS.

General Info: 

Address: 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229

Phone: (513) 281-7999

Website: http://thenewschoolmontessori.com

Q&A with The New School Montessori:

What makes The New School Montessori unique?

Our lunch program is led by Chef Audrey Cobb, former owner and head chef of Mullane’s. Audrey creates healthy meals that children love and provides numerous vegetarian options each day. Click here to learn more about our lunch program.

The New School is nestled among the beautiful homes of North Avondale. Two of the three buildings on campus were once homes, one being the historic Mitchell Mansion, with its gargoyles, turret and Victorian finishings. The New School’s outdoor spaces for children are called the Preprimary Woods and the Elementary Woods. These areas allow for age-appropriate active play. In addition to more traditional climbing equipment, tetherball and gaga pit, children enjoy tending flowers, playing in the sand, lifting logs in search of interesting insects, climbing on low tree branches and building huts.

For 50 years, we were the only school in Cincinnati accredited by the American Montessori Society and have been leaders in Montessori methodology and philosophy. In addition to our AMS accreditation, we are also accredited by ISACS.

What is The New School Montessori’s age/grade range?

Ages three through 6th grade

What is The New School Montessori’s educational philosophy?


What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?

Encourage parents to schedule a required parent tour the year before potential enrollment. We begin enrolling for the next school year in February.

What are the standard school day hours? Does your school offer flexible day/hour options? Is before/after school care available?

8:00 – 3:00 pre-pandemic. Optional extended day with flexible pick-up between 3:00-5:30.

Pre-pandemic, offered early drop-off starting at 7:30.
1:00 pick-up option for three- and four-year-olds.

How many children are in each class? How are children divided up?

Class sizes range from 15 to 25.

As a Montessori school, children are grouped in age levels of (3-6), (6-9) and (9-12). Advantages of the multi-age level classroom include mentoring opportunities for children as well as differentiated learning to meet the child’s skills where they are.

What is the teacher/child ratio?

1:12 or lower in preprimary and 1:15 or lower in elementary

What are the teacher’s credentials?

All teachers have Montessori certification and a bachelor’s degree. Many have a master’s degree.

Is parental participation required?

Parent participation is strongly encouraged. There are a wide variety of ways for parents to participate in ways that work best for them.

How do teachers communicate with parents? How often do parents receive updates?

Teachers communicate with parents in a variety of ways, depending on the content. Twice a year, there are in-depth progress reports in conjunction with 25-minute parent conferences. They use emails and private classroom Instagram or Remind accounts to post photos and information. Parents receive a weekly newsletter with notices about upcoming events, deadlines, handy links, posts from the head of school and other levels.

Does your school offer support for students with special needs?

We do not have additional services outside of the classrooms. Depending on the special needs, we would decide whether or not a child’s needs could be met in our classrooms.

How much time do the children spend outside?

Preprimary students spend an hour or more outside each day. Elementary students have a 45-minute recess each day but also work outside often.

Are meals and/or snacks provided?

Yes. We have a chef, Audrey, who begins cooking our lunches very early each morning. We smell garlic sautéing, pizza dough rising and chicken curry bubbling. Audrey has a no-sugar policy and creates both amazing vegetarian and meat entrees for staff and students alike.

Snacks are provided for extended day children, however, children can also bring supplemental snacks.

Does my child need to be potty-trained?


What enrichment programs/activities are offered?

Art, Spanish, music, dance, physical education, and appreciating differences/civics are offered throughout every elementary year. Preprimary students have art and music integrated into each day. We also offer seasonal, optional after-school clubs.

What are your school’s safety policies? What extra safety measures is your school taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Over 100 years ago, Dr. Maria Montessori referred to children’s “many-sided powers of adaptation,” and in this pandemic that ability is still at work as New School Montessori students quickly adapted to wearing masks in their in-person learning environments. Because of TNSM’s unique campus and low student-to-teacher ratios, the entire school has been able to be present all day, 5 days a week since the fall of 2020 with extended-day services available as well. Students have remained masked this school year.

Who should parents contact for more information about your school?

Ceara Comstock is our admissions director and would be happy to speak with anyone interested in learning more about our school. Her email address is [email protected]

Do you have any exciting projects planned?

In 2022, TNSM will start a building project to create our Kaleidoscope Center. We are exploring many eco-features of the new building, including solar array options, geo-thermal, high efficiency electric heat pumps, green power sourcing, green roofs, native pollinating gardens, high efficiency building envelope, white roofs, efficient water fixtures (low flow), permeable paving, natural lighting, rainwater collection, outdoor learning areas, and renewable materials.

We have an opportunity to be a leader in the region within the education sector by applying some of the newest and most innovative approaches to building green.

Kaleidoscope Center: Rendered drawing of the new building


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