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. We invite you to 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.

We are open and welcome in person tours!  In order to reduce the number of visitors to campus, the following are available:

Outdoor Talk and Tour:  Old Trail's 62-acre campus houses not only our classroom building, but the Merryweather Outdoor Classroom, two new nature-based playscapes, an organic farm, learning courtyards and gardens, and more.  Join us for a conversation outside, and bring comfortable walking shoes to see our vibrant campus.  Tours are offered Monday - Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m, weather permitting, by appointment.

After-School Talk and Tour:  These visits will take place inside Old Trail's spacious building, by reservation.  Tours will begin at 3:45, and conclude at 4:45 p.m. Monday - Friday.  Please note tours must be scheduled a minimum of two days in advance. 

Please contact our admission office to schedule a time for your family to discover more about Old Trail School; all visits and tours will comply with CDC and Ohio Department of Health mandates for social distancing, and health screenings and temperature checks are required.  We look forward to welcoming your family to campus soon.
 

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  • Outdoor Talk and Tour

    Old Trail's 62-acre campus houses not only our classroom building, but the Merryweather Outdoor Classroom, two new nature-based playscapes, an organic farm, learning courtyards and gardens, and more.  Join us for a conversation outside, and bring comfortable walking shoes to see our vibrant campus. 

    Tours, which take place during the day, allow parents to see firsthand how our student-centered approach creates engaged, curious learners.

    Outdoor walking tours are offered Monday - Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m, weather permitting, by appointment.

    To schedule a tour for grades 1-8, please contact Jacquie Matheny.
    To schedule a tour for Early Childhood - Kindergarten please contact Robyn Kosco
  • Student Interviews, Grades 1-8

    Meeting prospective students is an important part of the admission process at Old Trail School.  This year guests will not visit our classrooms, but getting to know students is still important to us.  Parents and students entering grades 1-8 will have a Zoom meeting with a member of the Admission Office to learn more about Old Trail School, and to allow us to get to know your family. Parents are encouraged to meet with the Admission team separately to share your child's educational background and interests.  To schedule a Zoom meeting please contact Jacquie Matheny or call  330-666-1118 x312.
  • Screening & 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 playdate.  The playdate 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.  This includes one-on-one testing and an opportunity for play.

    Middle School Testing 

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

    A very casual opportunity to visit the School the first time in a low-pressure, informal manner. Take a tour of campus, chat with a member of the Admission Office and learn how an Old Trail School education can benefit your child. Children are welcome to attend; appointments are required. 

    Saturday, September 19, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • 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 ten days to respond to the admission acceptance offer.
  • 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.

    Large group open houses will not be held this fall.  Spring dates will be determined later in the year.
Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.