Ruffing Montessori School

  • Ruffing Montessori School dedicates itself to providing a quality Montessori education for children aged three through fourteen.
  • The school, founded in 1959, has been a pioneer in the Montessori approach to education in Ohio and in the United States.
  • Ruffing was the second Montessori school in the United States at both the pre-primary and elementary levels.
  • In 1977, Ruffing became the first Montessori school in Ohio to be accredited by the state to operate through the eighth grade.
  • The academic program at Ruffing flows from nine different learning areas.
  • Of the nine, three are pre-primary level classes for children aged three through six.
  • The elementary is composed of two classes for first, second, and third grade students and two classes for fourth and fifth grade students.
  • The middle school is divided into one class for sixth grade students and one for seventh and eighth grade students.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8

Student Body

Total Students310 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade Ruffing Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
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