Visit Old Trail School

We are open for campus tours!


Tours must be scheduled via advance appointments. Please contact our admission office to schedule a time to visit our beautiful campus.
 
See the place where true learning takes hold—in close relationships and meaningful experiences, in the wide eyes of a child making a great discovery, in the warm smile of an encouraging teacher, in fields, woods and classrooms with plenty of space to grow.
 
At Old Trail, our classroom covers all 62 acres of our home, which means students encounter something new and exciting every day. We encourage you to visit and see what you might discover in this place where learning grows deep within.

Tour Guidelines During COVID-19

Now and for the foreseeable future, all visits and tours will be conducted in a manner that complies with CDC and Ohio Department of Health mandates for physical distancing. Hand sanitizing and masks will be required for all adults and older children, and meetings and conversations will take place in our outdoor learning spaces. We look forward to welcoming your family to campus soon!

Visit Opportunities


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  • Open House

    Due to COVID-19, we are not hosting open houses or student visits at this time. Instead families may choose from the following:
    • Parent/child tours daily after school (3:45-4:45)
    • Parent outdoor tours/meetings daily (during school hours)
    • Occasional Saturday tours, by appointment
    • Individual family Zoom meetings, scheduled anytime

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  • Family Tours

    Parents and guardians are encouraged to schedule an individual tour with a member of our admissions team. Due to COVID-19 we are not hosting indoor tours during the school day, but are giving outdoor tours. We also host indoor tours after school and on occasional Saturdays by appointment.

Early Childhood and Kindergarten

Grades 1–8

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  • Student Screening and Testing

    Student testing or observations are an integral part of the admission process, and allow Old Trail to better understand your child as a learner.

    Early Childhood Program Play Dates (Application Required)

    Our youngest students applying for the Early Childhood Program will visit Old Trail School for a play date. The play date allows our faculty to observe children in an informal setting.

    Kindergarten Screening (Application Required)

    Old Trail School administers a kindergarten readiness screening for all applicants, which includes one-on-one testing and an opportunity for play.

    Middle School Testing 

    Students applying to Grades 1–8 may submit ISEE or ERB scores. Additional testing will be administered by Old Trail faculty, either remotely or individually in person, as part of the application process.

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  • Admission Drop-in

    This casual visit opportunity is perfect for families visiting Old Trail for the first time in a low-pressure, informal manner during the school year. Take a tour of campus, chat with students and faculty, meet Admission Office staff members and learn how an Old Trail School education can benefit your child. Children are welcome to attend. 

    Upcoming dates TBD

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  • Important Deadlines

    Old Trail School is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. All completed admission applications will be reviewed by the Admission Committee, which will make admission decisions within one week of the application completion. Families will have 10 days to respond to the admission acceptance offer.
Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.