Our students develop into self-motivated, self-disciplined, active, independent learners possessing positive values to last a lifetime.

Our Programs


Here’s what CMA alumni have to say about their experience.

At CMA, we achieve our mission through our commitment to educating the whole child. While academics are certainly very important, our educational philosophy here at CMA also focuses on other essential elements: encouraging a child to be curious and to search out information, to be a good community member, and to socialize in a healthy way with both peers and adults.

It’s education for life.

Montessori from Preschool through 6th Grade

With more than 35 years of success in Montessori education, CMA is one of the only Montessori schools in the northwestern Cincinnati region to offer all of the following programs:

We have a longer instructional day — from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM — that we find works well for our students and their families. Our students are exposed to more learning opportunities throughout the day, including music, art, foreign language study, and outside play.

Extended Day Programs

CMA offers before and after school “Extended Day” programs (also known as Before and After Care) beginning at 7:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m., as well as summer day camp.

Part-Time Preschool Option

CMA is one of the only Montessori schools in the Cincinnati area that offers part-time, flexible scheduling options for preschool aged children. Parents of preschoolers are able to choose the scheduling option that works best for their family. Learn more about our part-time programs by visiting our Part-Time Preschool page.

Our Environment

At Central Montessori Academy, our programs are about encouraging each child to learn, grow and be challenged as a unique and special individual. With small classroom groups led by Montessori certified teachers, your child will be able to develop and achieve mastery of a wide variety of academic subjects at his or her own pace.

Everyone here at CMA goes above and beyond what’s expected to create an environment of care and respect for the individual child.

Individualized Approach

At CMA, child-to-teacher ratios are low, allowing us to give individualized attention to each student.

  • The Pre-Primary classroom has one Montessori certified teacher to every twelve students (1:12).
  • The Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms have one Montessori certified teacher to every fifteen students (1:15).

In addition, each classroom level has an assistant that floats between the classrooms and provides additional support for any child who needs it.

We treat each student as a unique individual learner. Rather than lecturing to large or small groups of children, the teacher is trained to teach one child at a time.

Our program is designed to help each of our students discover and develop his or her own unique talents and possibilities.

Special Services

In order to best serve children with differing learning styles and abilities, CMA has a full-time Intervention Specialist on site, and has engaged the services of additional specialists in Special Education, in addition to Reading, Speech and Occupational Therapy. These specialists all hold degrees and professional certifications in their respective fields of study.

Integrated Curriculum

Central Montessori Academy offers children a world-class education, along with an education of the heart that nurtures their self-confidence, personal creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

Instead of compartmentalizing information, Montessori schools teach subjects in relation to one another. Through extensive observation and record-keeping, the teacher plans individual projects to enable each child to learn what he needs in order to improve.

Beginning with preschool-aged children, and continuing through the 6th grade, our curriculum has been carefully prepared to support an authentic Montessori approach to learning. The multi-age classroom model ensures that children in the same level have the same teacher for three years. This model allows children to form strong bonds with their teachers, and provides teachers with a longer period of time to guide the individual child’s academic growth and development.

Curriculum areas:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Geometry
  • Geography
  • Practical Life Skills
  • Sensory Training
  • Sciences
  • History
  • Art
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Physical Fitness and Wellness
  • Spanish
  • Technology (age-appropriate)

Faculty Excellence

Montessori teachers pursue specialized training above and beyond the requirements for traditional educators. They are trained to closely monitor students’ progress, keeping the level of challenge high. Teachers ask the right questions and lead the children to discover the answers for themselves. Learning then becomes its own reward and each success will fuel their desire to discover even more!