About Us

On behalf of Old Trail School, welcome! By visiting our website, you’ve taken the important first step in choosing the perfect school for your child’s education.

We’re situated on a picturesque 62-acre campus in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where we encourage our teachers to use the grounds as an environmental learning center. Our faculty and students regularly go beyond the classroom to explore the outdoors. And because we believe it’s our responsibility to teach environmental conservation, we integrate sustainability into all aspects of the School, including the curriculum.

Since our founding in 1920, Old Trail School has preserved important traditions built on the philosophies of John Dewey and Maria Montessori, while simultaneously creating programs that embrace the future. We moved our campus to our present setting nearly five decades ago, and although our school has evolved over the years, one quality has never changed: our commitment to academic excellence.

I’m proud to say that the best way to distinguish our students is by their lifelong love of learning. They are curious. They think. They question. And we offer them numerous academic opportunities and a varied curriculum, from early childhood through eighth grade. Our location, our facilities, and our technology, arts, and athletic programs all contribute to a well-rounded and rich academic community.

Our students raise their voices to ask bigger questions and go on to scale bigger obstacles. That’s because, from the moment they join our community, they begin gaining the confidence, knowledge, and skills to thrive—not just at Old Trail School, but also in high school, college, and the rest of their lives.

Old Trail School is truly a special place. I invite you to contact us to schedule a visit to our campus. We would be delighted to welcome you to our School.

Sarah Johnston
Head of School
Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.