The enrollment process is about feeling comfortable that CMA is a match for your child and your family. We welcome the opportunity to learn more about you.

Enrollment Process and Timeline

Enrollment applications are accepted throughout the year. Your contact and guides throughout the enrollment process are Cheri Hauer (Admissions) and Kristin Patterson (Head of School).

Step 1: Schedule a Tour

Begin by scheduling a no-obligation tour to see our classrooms in action. The tour takes about an hour of your time and is for both parents.

Call Cheri Hauer at (513) 742-5800 or send us a Tour Request.

Step 2: Application

Step 3: Student Interviews

  • Pre-primary (age 3 & 4) – Student spends 20 minutes in the classroom during morning work time. Teacher completes interview form to evaluate students interest and engagement with the works in the classroom. It is a way to get your young student excited about school. A student must be fully potty-trained to enter the pre-primary program.
  • Kindergarten (age 5+)– Students interview for 20 – 30 minutes one on one with the teacher evaluating educational skills. Then come for a second visit for 1 hour in the classroom during morning work time. Teacher completes interview form to evaluate if student meets developmental and academic milestones. Students are eligible to enter based on academic readiness, ability to follow directions and be part of the group. The interview and school records from previous school are used to determine eligibility. The goal of this process is to make sure we are the right fit for your child, and that your child is a good match for CMA.
  • 1st – 6th grade (6- 12 years) – Students attend CMA for ½ day from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. Teacher completes interview form to evaluate if student meets developmental and academic milestones. Students are eligible to enter based on academic readiness, ability to follow directions and be part of the group. The interview and school records from previous school are used to determine eligibility. The goal of this process is to make sure we are the right fit for your child, and that your child is a good match for CMA.

Step 3: Interview Followup and Acceptance

We will contact you by phone a few days after your child’s student interview to share feedback about the visit and, in turn, welcome your comments. During this time, we will also let you know if your child has been accepted into our program.

Step 4: Enrollment Contract

Once your child has been accepted, you will receive an enrollment contract. Please complete and return the contract to CMA along with a $200 deposit (per child). These documents and deposit will hold your child’s space for the applied school year.

Get Started!

Please call (513) 742-5800 or  to get answers to any specific questions you may have.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Central Montessori Academy recruits and admits students of any race, color, religion, or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities. In addition, the school will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarships/loans/fee waivers, educational programs, and athletics/extracurricular activities. In addition, the school is not intended to be an alternative to court or administrative agency-ordered, or public school district-initiated, desegregation.