Ruffing Montessori

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Ruffing Montessori School
3380 Fairmount Blvd
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
United States
Coordinates 41°29′10″N 81°33′35″W / 41.4861111°N 81.5597222°W / 41.4861111; -81.5597222Coordinates: 41°29′10″N 81°33′35″W / 41.4861111°N 81.5597222°W / 41.4861111; -81.5597222
Type Montessori 18 months through 8th grade
Established 1959
Head of school Barry Wadsworth
Grades Toddler-8
Enrollment 326
Accreditation Independent Schools of the Central States
Ohio Department of Education

Ruffing Montessori School, the second oldest Montessori school established in the United States,[1] was begun in 1959 through the efforts of the Cleveland Montessori Association. The organization founded and operated Montessori preschool and elementary classes in rented locations throughout Cleveland.

In 1964, a donation of a classroom building and property on Fairmount Boulevard in Cleveland Heights enabled the east side school to have a permanent location. In 1977, the east and west side schools separated, each retaining the name Ruffing, in honor of Mary and Jim Ruffing who led the Cleveland Montessori Association in its efforts to introduce Montessori to Northeast Ohio. With a current enrollment of 326, Ruffing in Cleveland Heights operates from a large, new facility, built according to LEED principles.[2]


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