Since 1920, Old Trail School has been educating and developing children (Early Childhood through 8th grade) to explore their individual talents, be curious about the world around them, think critically and act creatively, collaborate and cooperate with others, and gain the knowledge, values, character and resiliency they need to excel academically and lead meaningful, purposeful lives.
As the largest and most established independent school in our region, Old Trail School offers exceptional resources for learning, doing, exploring, and problem-solving. Our beautiful and welcoming 62-acre campus in Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a safe and invigorating setting for active learning, student investigation, imagination, creative performance, and athletic endeavor. Our extensive facilities include technology advanced classrooms, well-equipped science labs, makerspaces where small groups of students work on problem-solving projects, art, media, and performance rooms and stages, athletic fields and courts, an educational garden, and a wetlands treatment system and greenhouse for hands-on lessons on environmental sustainability.
Our challenging, highly integrated educational curriculum accelerates learning and achievement across all grade levels, with 94% of our graduating eighth-graders reporting that they were accepted into the independent or private high schools of their choice. In addition, each child’s character is formed through the School’s Core Values of Respect, Responsibility, Goodness and Service, so that she or he demonstrates solid character and conviction and matures into a thoughtful, independent leader—well prepared for high school, college and beyond.
We encourage you and your family to arrange a personal visit, so we can consider together how your child will grow, learn, and flourish at Old Trail School, and we look forward to working closely with you throughout our admission process.
Director of Admission