Lay a foundation for leadership at Gilmour Academy Montessori, where we encourage curiosity and foster confidence as we develop in our students a lifelong love of learning.
As your child approaches 18 months, know that we offer rolling admission for our Montessori Toddler program.
Gilmour’s Montessori Toddler and PreK programs serve students aged 18 months to 4 years and feed seamlessly into our traditional Lower School.
From the very start of their educational journey, we nurture each child’s interests and provide non-stop opportunities for independent exploration. As children learn through hands-on experiences that incorporate a more thorough understanding of the world around them, they become effective problem solvers who trust in their own abilities.


List of 8 items.

  • Independence

    Students are given the independence to select the tasks that interest them and learn at their natural pace, observed by teachers who track progress and encourage trial and error.
  • Responsibility

    Students gain confidence in their own abilities and take responsibility for being active participants in the learning process.
  • Self-discipline

    Students recognize that a little bit of frustration is a normal part of the learning process, becoming self-disciplined learners with grit and tenacity.
  • Leadership

    Students learn in a mixed age group, learning by modeling skills and behaviors for others and naturally assuming leadership roles that prepare them for real-world interactions.
  • Initiative

    Students are encouraged to pursue activities that interest them on their own initiative rather than on a rigid group schedule.
  • Academics

    Students learn in an environment rich in activities that entice the child, allowing the opportunity to go above and beyond state requirements or to spend extra time on more challenging concepts, according to their gifts and interests.
  • Lifelong Learning

    Students experience education as an exciting chance to give outlet to their curiosity and drive to understand the world around them, sparking an authentic and lifelong pursuit of learning.
  • Grace & Courtesy

    Students become peacemakers who seek harmony in their daily interactions, practicing manners, polite greetings and awareness of others’ needs.

Montessori At a Glance

  • Ages 18 months to 4 years (Grades Toddler through PreKindergarten)
  • Five days a week for all students, with three-day option also available for Toddlers to attend Tuesday - Thursday
  • Half-day and full-day options available for Toddlers
  • Half-day, three-quarter-day and full-day options available for PreK students
  • Before Care and After Care available
  • Whole-child approach within a strategically designed learning environment
  • Weekly Spanish classes starting at age 3
Montessori Toddler (children 18 months-3 years)
Before Care 7-8 a.m.*
Three- or Five-Day Toddler (Half-Day)
8-11:15 a.m.
Three- or Five-Day Toddler (Full-Day)
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Full Afternoon Drop-In (priced per day)
11:15 a.m.-3 p.m.
After Care 3:15-6 p.m.*
Montessori PreKindergarten (children 3-4 years)
Before Care 7-8 a.m.*
Five-Day PreK (Half-Day)
8-11:15 a.m.
Five-Day PreK (Three-Quarter-Day)
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Five-Day PreK (Full-Day)
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lunch & Recess Drop-In
11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.

Full Afternoon Drop-In
11:15 a.m.-3 p.m.
Late Afternoon Drop-In
1-3 p.m.
After Care 3:15-6 p.m.*
*Register 1-5 days per week or take advantage of our daily drop-in option.

Contact for Information

Christie Radke
Associate Director, Enrollment Management
(440) 473-8165

Program Director/Directresses

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Jay Fowler

    Mr. Jay Fowler 

    Director of the Lower School and Montessori Programs
    (440) 473-8000 x6118
  • Photo of Dawn Conforti

    Ms. Dawn Conforti 

    Montessori Toddler Program Directress
    (440) 473-8000 x6103

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Laura Novotney

    Mrs. Laura Novotney 

    Montessori PreK Program Directress
    (440) 473-8000 x6102
  • Photo of Randi Russell

    Mrs. Randi Russell 

    Montessori Pre-K & K Program Directress
    (440) 473-8000 x6101
  • Photo of Jacqueline Schmidt

    Ms. Jacqueline Schmidt 

    Instructor, LS
    (440) 473-8000 x6134

Mailing Address

34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040
phone: (440) 473-8000

Campus Addresses
An independent, Catholic, coed, day and boarding school in the Holy Cross tradition. Toddler-Grade 12.