We are so grateful to the schools featured here, especially our title sponsor, The Summit Country Day School, for helping us provide this resource to local families.
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Choosing the right preschool for your family can be a daunting task, but if there is one thing we learned while putting together this guide it’s that we are incredibly fortunate to have so many wonderful options to choose from in Cincinnati and NKY!

Do you have a favorite school that is not on our list? Please tell us about them! Email us at [email protected] and we would love to reach out to them!

The Summit Country Day School

Serving children 18 months - 6 years

The Summit Preschool offers a full Montessori preschool experience and is one of only a few schools applying the Montessori philosophy in an educational program that starts at 18 months! Whether you are interested in half-day or full-day, there are multiple options, including academic enrichment programs.

summit country day preschool

2161 Grandin Road
Cincinnati, OH  45208

The Summit Montessori Program

The Montessori curriculum provides objects, relationships and an environment which fulfill a child’s innate compulsion to learn. Learning is self-directed and supported in each classroom by university-trained Montessori curriculum experts.

Absolutely an amazing environment to expand a child’s horizon. Every staff member has been friendly, professional and concentrated on the best interest of the children at Summit – Lisa

The classrooms and gym equipment are specifically designed to stimulate fine and gross motor skills indoors and outside children enjoy a rooftop playground Naturescape, a dedicated Outdoor Learning Space and the Leibold Pond.

As children advance through the toddler program they move seamlessly into the Pre-K and Kindergarten Montessori program, which continues the development of confidence and enabling them to face new challenges as they grow.

Schedule a tour online.

Click HERE to view a video about the 3-6 Montessori Program Click HERE to view a video about the 3-6 Montessori Program

18 - 36 Month Program

The Summit Toddler Montessori Program focuses on three distinct developmental needs:

  • Movement: Toddlers use specialized play equipment both inside and outside that stimulates fine and gross motor development.
  • Language: Because toddlers are acute listeners, activities include singing, rhyming, reading stories and naming and labeling of materials.
  • Order: Materials are kept in an orderly manner and activities follow a predictable routine that lets toddlers build self-esteem and take initiative in learning new and challenging skills.
Click HERE to view a video about the 18-36 Month Montessori Toddler Program Click HERE to view a video about the 18-36 Month Montessori Toddler Program

The Primrose School of Symmes

The Primrose School of Symmes provides the best in early childhood learning for infants through private full-day kindergarten as well as afterschool programming through age 12 and a great summer camp. The Balanced Learning program is their proprietary exclusive, time-tested approach to education. Created from the best early education wisdom, it balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence, and compassion.

Primrose is an EXCELLENT, structured, yet fun place for kids and staff! – Tina

Tuition includes all curriculum, two healthy, snacks, and lunch prepared fresh daily (by their chef!), music program, character development program, technology, and low student to teacher ratios. The Primrose curriculum supports their belief that; who children become is as important as what they know. The CMC team loves this about them!

Schedule a tour online.

9175 Governors Way
Cincinnati OH 45249

The New School Montessori

For over 50 years, The New School Montessori has been leading the way as a model for Montessori methodology and philosophy and is Cincinnati’s only Montessori school accredited by the American Montessori Society. TNSM embraces diversity – valuing differences in race, culture, family, and thought.

As a grandfather of a first-grade student who has attended TNSM since she was 3 1/2, I am completely impressed with the philosophy, faculty, and staff. The students we have met are equally impressive. – Paul

Their kitchen staff, (led by the former chef of a downtown café), prepares made-from-scratch, hot, nutritious lunches every day with many vegetarian options. This is one school that has truly given thought to every little detail to make your child’s school day as nurturing as possible.

3-year-olds through 6th grade

For more information on enrollment, please contact the Admissions Director, Ceara Comstock, at 513-281-7999.

3 Burton Woods Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45229

St. Ursula Villa

st. ursula villa school

“We chose the Villa primarily for its safe, loving and challenging environment. We want our kids to be challenged academically in an environment that is socially and emotionally supportive. We give the Villa 5 stars in this category.” – Current Parent

St. Ursula Villa offers outstanding programs for Toddler/2-year-olds, Montessori for 3-, 4-, & 5-year-olds, and Traditional preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. Robust schedule options from half- to full-days plus after care in a loving, beautiful setting.

2021/2022 Admission Events:

Nov. 7, 2021 Early Childhood Open House 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Showcasing Toddler, Traditional Preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, and Montessori for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds

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January 23, 2022 All-School Open House 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Featuring all Villa grades and programs – Toddler through Junior High

Register at

St. Ursula Villa
3660 Vineyard Place
Cincinnati OH 45226

Admissions Contact
Marta Runnels [email protected]

Mercy Montessori

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“If every child had an opportunity to go to a school like this, the world would be a better place.” – Abby (Current Parent)

For more than 50 years, Mercy Montessori has educated the whole child, developing a strong foundation for learning. Mercy offers outdoor learning spaces, weekly swim lessons (K-8 for 20/21 school year), a farm-to-table microeconomy program, sliding scale tuition, and financial aid. Currently offering 5-day, in-person classes for preschool-8th grade.  Virtual tours available year-round. Discover the magic of Mercy!

2021 Admission Events:

Virtual Chats with the Administrators

We invite you to join Mercy principals, Patty Normile and Krista Taylor, and Admissions Directress, Amanda Grimm for a virtual information session about Mercy Montessori. At these sessions, our administrators will share information about our school and answer your questions. All chats will take place on Google Meet and will start at 6:30pm, click here to register. We look forward to meeting you!

  • Preprimary (3-6 years): February 2, March 2, April 13, May 4 
  • Lower Elementary (6-9 years): February 9, March 9, April 20, May 11
  • Upper Elementary (9-12 years) & Junior High: February 16, March 16, April 27, May 18

Mercy Montessori Center
2335 Grandview Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Admissions Director
Amanda Grimm [email protected]



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