The New School Montessori

Basic Information

Address: 3 Burton Woods Lane Cincinnati, OH 45229
County: Hamilton
School District: Cincinnati Public Schools
Phone Number: 513-281-7999
Fax Number: 513-281-7666

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Additional Information

President: Eric Dustman
School Type: Private
Founded: 1970
Ages/Grades: 3-year-olds to 6th grade
School Setting:

Located in a wooded neighborhood of North Avondale.

School Size: up to 150
Classroom Size: average size is 14
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:11

$11,715 for 2013-14 (includes lunch)


Montessori curriculum

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

laptops and ipads

School Clubs:

African Drumming, Shakespeare Club, Glass club, Gardening Club, Art Club, Orchestra, Photography Club, Comedy Club, Circus Club and more.

Parking Spaces/Availability:

adequate parking

Uniform Guidelines:

children dress in casual, comfortable clothes

Mission Statement:

The New School Montessori is an independent Montessori educational center. Our mission is to foster the development of the whole child by providing an intellectually rich and challenging curriculum in a safe, caring and joyous environment. All our activities are carried out in an atmosphere of respect for the child and respect for one another. We strive to promote academic excellence, individuality, interdependence, imagination, creativity, inner discipline and self-esteem. We welcome and honor cultural, ethnic, religious and economic diversity, and we are committed to teaching peace, conflict resolution and global awareness. Parental involvement is important in all aspects of the school’s operation in order to cultivate a genuine sense of extended family and community.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Respect for the child
Respect for one another
Nurturing and caring
Individuality and interdependence
Imagination and creativity
Problem solving
Effective communication skills
Freedom within limits
Development of concentration
Inner discipline
Care of one’s self
Grace and courtesy
Love of work
Hands-on learning
Cooperative learning
Multi-age groups
Teachers as facilitators
Academic excellence
Peace education
Conflict resolution
Honoring cultural diversity
Global awareness
Cultivating long-term relationships
Parents as partners

School History:

The New School was founded in 1970 by a group of parents, teachers and community members. The school pioneered Montessori education in an all-day setting, and has since served as a standard for academic excellence.

Working with the founders on this project was Hilda Rothschild, Professor of Education at Xavier University, student of Dr. Maria Montessori and founder of the first Montessori teacher education course at XU. In 1978, The New School received formal accreditation from the state of Ohio. In 2004, The New School received formal accreditation with the American Montessori Society and the Independent Schools of the Central States. Membership is maintained in the Ohio Association of Independent Schools.

Maria Montessori saw children as a powerful force for humanity's salvation. Following Dr. Montessori’s vision of a holistic education, our programs integrate and support children’s understanding of history, biology, geography, mathematics, language and practical life skills, including problem solving and conflict resolution skills. We maintain an authentic context for this curriculum by sustaining a culturally and racially diverse school community. We are committed to preparing children to be “citizens of the world.”

Notes/School Information:

Arts education grows in our new Enrichment Center

  • Art teacher worked with Jim Henson's Muppets and designed costumes for Saturday Night Live.
  • Katherine Dunham-trained dance instructor.
  • 9-12 teacher is a Shakespearean actor who leads drama.
  • Preprimary dance teacher studied at Alvin Ailey in NYC.
  • Music teacher is a recording artist and performer.
  • Orchestra conductor is NKU's former strings director.

Unparalleled Academin Excellence

  • Our graduates are leaders, have self confidence, and enjoy challenges.
  • All teaching staff is Montessori credentialed.
  • We don't teach to the test. Standardized testing occurs only once a year.
  • We are the only American Montessori Society accredited school in Cincinnati.

Chef-prepared lunches include fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and daily vegetarian options.

Recent Student work

  • Research at Cincinnati Zoo
  • Presentation to City Council
  • Raised $1,400 for Water Wells for Africa

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Annual camping trip
  • Trips to Cleveland, Washington, D.C. and Costa Rica