Visit Old Trail School

At Old Trail School we're thinking big and small. Our purposeful, integrated curriculum, taught by expert, credentialed faculty, fosters each child's talents while accelerating academic and personal development. Small class sizes and individualized attention allow for tailored educational experiences for our students. Explore Old Trail School and experience our educational approach through the eyes of students and faculty by attending one of our Campus Tours or admission events.

Campus Tours
Individual tours and student visits will resume when school reopens following the COVID-19 mandated closing.  In the meantime please explore our website and contact our admission office to arrange a time to learn more about Old Trail School. We will be rescheduling our Open House for later this spring - to receive updates please complete an online inquiry or submit an Open House registration.  We look forward to meeting your family soon.

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  • Open Houses

    Open House offers families a wonderful opportunity to  learn more about the benefit of an Old Trail experience during your child's most important years. Families will learn more about our commitment to a transformational student experience from our Head of School, chat with current parents about their experiences and speak with faculty members on a tour guided by a Middle School Student Ambassador. Learn how project based learning can support your child’s desire for more challenging curriculum, ask questions about our on-campus farm and new Outdoor Classroom, our dedication to sustainability and our Flexible Tuition program. Children are welcome to attend.

    Sunday, April 19, 2020 (1 - 2:30 p.m.) - Postponed / New Date TBD
  • Family Tours

    Parents and Guardians are encouraged to schedule an individual tour with a member of the Old Trail School Admission Team.  Tours, which take place during the school day, will visit classrooms, allowing parents to see firsthand how our student-centered approach creates engaged, curious learners.

    To schedule a tour for Early Childhood and Kindergarten, please contact Robyn Kosco or call 330-666-1118 x 341.

    To schedule a tour for grades 1-8, please contact Jacquie Matheny or call 330-666-1118 x 312.
  • Student Shadow Days, Grades 1-8

    Students entering grades 1-8 spend a full day visiting classes at Old Trail School, which can be scheduled at any time. Guests join current students for classes and lunch, allowing them to meet our teachers, experience our approach to hands-on and interdisciplinary learning, and feel how friendly and welcoming the Old Trail School community is.  Parents are encouraged to tour and meet with the Admission team during the morning of the shadow day visit.  To schedule a shadow day please contact Jacquie Matheny or call  330-666-1118 x312.
  • Screening & Testing Dates

    An Application for Admission is required for all testing and screening. Children applying for Grades 1-5 will be tested during their Visit Day. Visit Days are scheduled through the Admission Office.
    Early Childhood Program Play Dates (application required)
    Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (9 - 10 a.m.)

    Kindergarten Screening (application required)
    Wednesday, January 29, 2020 (9 - 10:30 a.m.)
    Wednesday, February 5, 2020 (9 - 10:30 a.m.)
    Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (9 - 10:30 a.m.)
    Wednesday March 18, 2020 (9 - 10:30 a.m.)

    Middle School Testing 

    Old Trail Screening Dates:
    Friday, February 7, 2020 (9 - 11:30 a.m.)
    Friday, March 13, 2020 (9 - 11:30 a.m.)
    Friday, April 3, 2020 (9 - 11:30 a.m.)
  • Admission Drop In

    A very casual opportunity to visit the School the first time in a low-pressure, informal manner. 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. 

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020 (9 - 10:30 a.m.)
  • Important Deadlines

    To ensure full consideration for admission, applications should be received by the appropriate admission deadline.

    Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-availability basis at each grade level.
    November 15, 2019
    Early Admission Application Deadline for Early Childhood 3/5 day, and Grades 1-8 (Decisions sent December 6)

    December 15

    Flexible Tuition Application Deadline for returning families and regular admissions.

    January 15
    Regular Admission Application Deadline for all grades
    Decisions sent February 14 (Grades 1-8) and February 20 (Early Childhood - Kindergarten)

    February 7
    Re-Enrollment Agreements Sent Electronically

    March 15
    Completed Enrollment Agreement/Deposit Due
Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.