Children acquire knowledge through experience in the environment

– Maria Montessori

Tuition and Financial Assistance Programs

We focus on each child as an individual and his or her parent’s reasons for wanting to be a part of our school community, rather than a family’s financial resources. Every year we meet a number of families who would like to send their child to Cleveland Montessori, but feel they cannot afford the tuition. Although we are a primarily tuition-funded school and must receive the full tuition amount for each student, our application process for assistance programs is made to help ease your mind as you apply.

Enriched by the values of love, respect, justice and joy, and fostered by a diverse and wonderfully nurturing Montessori community, Cleveland Montessori does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, in the administration of it’s educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Scholarship Committee Review Process

The Scholarship Committee will review your Smart Tuition report and notify you in writing of your eligibility for assistance.  Awards are generally made by the beginning of May.  Currently there are four different types of tuition support/financial aid to families…

Tuition Assistance Details

All families wishing to apply for financial aid MUST complete a financial aid application (Blackbaud Tuition Aid) form. These forms are available in the school office beginning mid-January or online at

To be considered for tuition assistance at Cleveland Montessori, the following must be on file:

*Returning Students – signed Enrollment Contract and accompanying registration fee.

*New Students – Enrollment Application and accompanying registration fee.

*All students/families need a complete report from Smart Tuition and supporting documentation at the school.

Completed forms are due to the school office (along with a check for the financial aid application fee) by mid-February so they can be mailed as one group. A copy of ALL applications (whether submitted to the school or online) must be submitted to the school office with a copy of W-2’s, tax returns, or other similar supporting documentation by mid-February. Families CANNOT be considered by the schools Scholarship Committee without a completed report from Smart Tuition and supporting documentation at the school.

Applications received after this date may NOT be received back from Smart Tuition in time for consideration from the Scholarship Committee.

  • Make a copy of your completed application before submitting it.
  • Be sure the form is complete and accurate to avoid processing delays.
  • Be sure to submit copies of supporting documentation with your completed application.
  • Call the school to make sure we have received your report from Smart Tuition.

“I loved being part of the school day. The wide variety of play and learning just their size. And I love the cultural mix of children–so important. Thank you for making me feel special today!!”

– Grandfather of a Primary Student

“I really love this school. You guys are awesome! May God keep blessing you all and the students.”

– Special Person’s Day Visitor