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Mercy Montessori Center

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, 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!

General Info:

Address: 2335 Grandview Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone: (513) 475-6700
Website: http://www.mercymontessori.org

Q&A with Mercy Montessori Center:

What makes Mercy Montessori Center unique?

Mercy Montessori, founded in 1969, is Cincinnati’s oldest Catholic, Montessori elementary school. Mercy provides a personalized education for children in preschool through 8th grade, and is a regional school drawing from over 60 TriState zip codes. Mercy has an income-based sliding scale tuition model as well as financial aid opportunities, creating a socioeconomically diverse student body. As part of the curriculum, Mercy offers weekly swimming lessons in the on-campus, indoor pool (K-8 in 20/21 school year) , a farm-to-table microeconomy program (Farmessori), religion, Spanish, music, and art. We are part of the MESA educational network, a school of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

In 2020, Mercy has been grateful to offer in-person education five days a week thanks to rigorous COVID safety protocols.


What is Mercy Montessori Center’s age/grade range?

Mercy offers a unique educational experience for students in preschool through 8th grade.

A note about enrollment age: In order to maintain proper Montessori balance in the 3-6 year old classroom, enrollment preference/priority will be given to children who are three years old by September 30th. Families of potential future students may apply at any time. The Admissions Directress will maintain open communication about availability based on applications received.

What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?

Mercy accepts applications throughout the year and spaces are offered on a first come, first serve basis for students who complete the application process. Important financial aid application deadlines are: January 31 (Archdiocese aid) and February 20 (Mercy Financial Aid programs)

Do you offer financial assistance?

Mercy has a sliding scale tuition program that provides customized tuition rates for each families’ income. In addition, several financial aid programs and scholarships are available through the school. These include: Mercy Aid, Sr. Jacinta Scholarship for multi child families, and The Mechley, Felton, Gartner Scholarship, We have limited spaces for students seeking the Ohio Ed Choice and Ed Choice Expansion Scholarship. Lastly, we have 21 spaces annually for the Jon Peterson Scholarship.

What are the standard school day hours?

Mercy’s school hours are: Preschool: 8:35 am – 11:45 am; K-8: 8:35 am – 3:15 pm

Does Mercy Montessori Center offer before/after school care? Does Mercy Montessori Center offer afterschool activities?

We are offering a daytime childcare option for 3 and 4 year old students from 11:45-3:15 with COVID protocols for the 2020-21 year.

Typically, Mercy also offers before school care starting at 7:50am and after school care until 5:45. For the 2020/2021 school year we are unable to offer the before school or after school service due to COVID-19 spacing protocols, staffing and a limited number of spaces available. We hope to offer this, once again, in the future.

Does Mercy Montessori Center have a homework policy?

“It is certain that the child’s attitude towards work represents a vital instinct; for without work his/her personality cannot organize itself and deviates from the normal lines of its construction.” (Dr. Maria Montessori, ‘The Secret of Childhood’, Orient Longman Limited, 195)

Homework is a part of Mercy Montessori’s curriculum expectations, but should not dominate home and school life. Our vision for homework at Mercy is that students see the value in practicing and reviewing skills for automaticity and that parents have high expectations and aspirations for their children and communicate these in a supportive manner. The purpose of homework at Mercy Montessori is to assign work that reinforces skills taught in the classroom from previous lessons or to practice math facts/vocabulary words. Homework will be given on a weekly basis from levels one through eight to practice basic skills. The teaching staff encourages parents to be supportive and sensitive to their child’s/children’s needs to complete homework assignments each week.

Does Mercy Montessori Center offer support for students with special needs?

At Mercy, students with special needs are supported through a variety of academic support services and programs. On campus we have a school psychologist, intervention specialist, and speech pathologist provided through the Cincinnati Public School Auxiliary Services program. In addition, we are a provider for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program.


What specialty classes / extracurricular activities does Mercy Montessori Center offer (gym, art, language, sports etc.)?

All students enrolled at Mercy Montessori receive weekly instruction in religion, Spanish, art, gym, swimming (K-8 in 20/21 school year) , Farmessori / microeconomy, music, and playtime in our natural playspace, the Ecolab. Students in grades 4-8 also have digital citizenship classes.

In addition, Mercy typically offers several after school programs and activities including: Strings, Club Invention, Yearbook, Mercy Times Student Newspaper*, Soccer, Volleyball, Swim Team, Basketball, Track, and Baseball. This year we have opted to put our after school activities on hold in order to focus our efforts on providing five-day a week, in-person instruction. We will restart these programs as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.

*The Mercy Times student newspaper is being offered as an in-school activity this year for our Upper Elementary and Junior High students.

What are Mercy Montessori Center’s safety policies?

Mercy works closely with local law enforcement and our fire department to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We have a School Resource Officer that helps our school administration design and implement safety protocols and drills so our students and staff are prepared for emergency situations.

What extra safety measures is Mercy Montessori Center taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Mercy has taken a conservative approach to our COVID-19 safety protocols and this has allowed us to remain in-person for five days a week since August. Some of our safety measures include:
– Morning temperature checks for students and staff
– Daily parent-verified symptom checks
– Masking at all times while indoors (with the exception of lunchtime – social distancing is in place during lunch time)
– Smaller class sizes / pods to allow for social distancing and contact tracing
– Additional outdoor learning spaces have been added to campus
– Hand hygiene stations throughout the building and increased emphasis on hand washing throughout the day.
– New air filtration system in the school gymnasium
– Separate entrances and exits for different age levels
– COVID tracking team that monitors the health of the school population

Who should parents contact to learn more about Mercy Montessori School?

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our school. We welcome you to further explore our community by visiting www.mercymontessori.org or contacting our Admissions Directress, Amanda Grimm ([email protected]).

Mercy Montessori Meet-Ups: Virtual Information Sessions

Discover the Magic of Mercy!

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


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