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.
One of only six accredited Montessori schools in Ohio, Gilmour’s Montessori toddler and kindergarten program serves students aged 18 months to 6 years and feeds 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. 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 6 years
  • Half-day and full-day options available
  • Before Care and After Care available
  • 1 of only 6 schools in Ohio to earn American Montessori Society accreditation
  • 2 Toddler, 2 Preschool and 2 Kindergarten classes
  • Weekly Spanish classes starting at age 3
Montessori Toddler (children 18 months-3 years)
Before Care 7-8 a.m.*
Five-Day Toddler (Half-Day)
8-11:15 a.m.
Five-Day Toddler (Full-Day)
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
After Care 3:15-6 p.m.*
Full Afternoon** (11:15 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Montessori Preschool (children 3-4 years)
Before Care 7-8 a.m.*
Five-Day Preschool (Half-Day)
8-11:15 a.m.
Lunch & Recess**
11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
Full Afternoon**
11:15 a.m.-3 p.m.
After Care 3:15-6 p.m.*
Montessori Kindergarten (children 5-6 years)
Before Care Option 7-8 a.m.*
Five-Day Preschool (Full-Day)
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
After Care Option 3:15-6 p.m.*
*Register 1-5 days per week or take advantage of our daily drop-in option.
**Daily drop-in available.

Contact for Information

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

Program Director/Directresses

List of 2 members.

  • Mr. Marc Haag 

    Director of the Lower School and Montessori Programs
    (440) 473-8159 (internal 6001)
  • Ms. Dawn Conforti 

    Montessori Toddler Program Directress
    (440) 473-8000 x6103

List of 3 members.

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.