Frequently Asked Questions

List of 10 items.

  • How are admission decisions and notifications made?

    Old Trail School reviews applications on a rolling basis, when an application is completed. Admission decisions are made by the School’s Admission Committee, based upon a child’s readiness and abilities to participate from our programs and upon space availability for the program and grade of application.  The Admission Office sends a letter of notification to a family usually within 7-10 days of an admission decision.
  • How do we apply for financial aid?

    Old Trail School is committed to making the advantages of its independent school education available to a broad range of families, through its Flexible Tuition Program.  In order to apply for financial assistance through the Flexible Tuition Program, a family completes and submits a Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST) application, which is evaluated by a third-party service to determine the family’s financial need.  Because institutional financial aid funds are limited, you are encouraged to submit the FAST application as soon as possible and before the December 1 deadline (prior to the academic year of enrollment) to ensure full consideration.  The School’s Flexible Tuition Committee reviews the FAST application and assessment of need and determines eligibility for and amount of institutional financial aid.  Your financial aid award is documented in your Enrollment Contract.  Your application for financial assistance does not affect the decision to accept your child for admission into the School; however, you must complete the admission process before a financial aid award can be made.
  • Is bus transportation available?

    Yes, depending on where your family resides, bus transportation may be available through one of three options:
    • Certain public school districts provide free transportation to Old Trail school, presently including the school districts of Akron, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Copley-Fairlawn, Hudson, Revere, and Woodridge.
    • Old Trail School’s Transportation Department runs scheduled bus routes from certain central geographical sites to the School.
    • Our Transportation Department can in many circumstances arrange door-to-door transportation from your home (or other preferred location) to the School.
    Currently, many of our families are eligible for transportation, regardless of whether they use it or not] of our families have access to bus or van transportation. Parents who wish to drive their children find our car pool lanes and drop-off/pick-up procedures both convenient and safe.
  • What are the age requirements for admission into the School’s programs?

    In general, Old Trail School follows State of Ohio’s age-eligibility guidelines for admission into Grades 1-8, although considerations can be made for special exceptions.  Age eligibilities for Early Childhood and Kindergarten offerings are:

    Toddler-Adult Program:  2 years of age by August 30 of the school year of enrollment.*

    Early Childhood 2 Day Program:  2 years of age by April 30 of the school year of enrollment.*

    Early Childhood 3 & 5 Day Programs:  3-4 years of age at time of enrollment

    Young 5s:  5 years of age during the spring or summer months of the school year prior to enrollment

    Kindergarten:  5 years of age by September 1 of the school year of enrollment.

    * A child is not required to be potty-trained for the Toddler-Adult or ECP 2 Day Program.
  • What happens after we receive a Letter of Acceptance?

    Following notification of admission, our Business Office sends an enrollment contract, which includes any financial aid for which the family is eligible along with the net price for enrollment (tuition and fees less financial aid).  To secure a student’s place in the class, a family must sign and return the enrollment contract, along with a tuition deposit. The signed enrollment contract and tuition deposit are due by March 15th of the year of the fall term of enrollment (or, within two weeks after an admission made after March 15th OR for a spring term of enrollment).
  • What happens if space is not presently available at a grade level?

    If space is not available at a time of the admission decision, a child may be placed on a wait list and notified should a space become available.  Because of the popularity of many of our programs, we encourage families to complete the application and schedule Screening Sessions, Visit Dates, and Testing Sessions as early as possible.
  • What if my child has special learning conditions or needs?

    We take a strong personal interest in each child’s success and work closely with families throughout the admissions process to determine a child’s preparedness and potential to benefit from our educational programs.  Our teachers and our Office of Admission encourage parents to discuss any special learning, emotional, social or transitional needs or conditions that might influence an admission decision or success at the School.  
  • What is the admissions timetable?

    Old Trail School’s application and admission process works on a rolling basis, which means that a family can apply for a child’s acceptance into a program at any time within the year prior to the academic term of enrollment.  However, to ensure full consideration for admissions and space availability in a program, a family should begin the admission process as soon as it has identified an interest in Old Trail and complete the process by our regular application deadline of January 15 (for the fall term of first enrollment).  A typical timetable includes:
    Completion of Application for Admission Requirements:  Regular Application Deadline of January 15; thereafter, based upon space availability.
  • When do Early Childhood Education Program sessions meet?

    Typical meeting times for Early Childhood Education programs are:

    Toddler-Adult: 
    Monday mornings, 8:30 AM – 10 AM or 10:30 AM -Noon.

    ECP 2 Day: 
    Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday/Friday, 8:30 AM – 11 AM.

    ECP 3 Day:  
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (half- or full-days, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM or 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

    ECP 5 Day:  
    Monday through Friday (half-or full days, 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM or 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

    Old Trail School reserves the right to change meeting days and times for each academic term.
  • Where do our graduates attend high school?

    Old Trail School students have a 93% acceptance rate when applying to independent/private high schools. For the past 10 years, our graduates have gone on to the following high schools:

    Archbishop Hoban High School
    Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
    Cleveland Heights High School
    Colorado Rocky Mountain School
    Columbus School for Girls 
    Copley High School
    Culver Military Academy
    Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
    Firestone High School
    Gilmour Academy
    Hathaway Brown
    Hawken School
    Highland High School
    Hoover High School
    Hope Academy
    Hudson High School
    IMG Pendleton School
    Independence High School
    Interlochen Arts Academy
    Jackson High School
    Kent Roosevelt High School 
    Lake Ridge Academy
    Laurel School
    Lawrence School
    Magnificat
    Medina High School
    Nordonia High School
    Our Lady of the Elms
    Padua Franciscan High School
    Phillips Exeter
    Revere High School
    Shattuck-St. Mary's School
    St. Edward High School
    St. Ignatius High School
    St. Michael School
    St. Vincent St. Mary
    Stow-Munroe Falls High School
    University of Akron Early College
    University School
    Walnut Hills High School
    Walsh Jesuit High School
    Watershed High School
    Western Reserve Academy
    Woodridge High School

    Students have also attended other day and boarding schools including:

    Choate Rosemary Hall
    Colorado Rocky Mountain Academy
    Cranbrook Schools
    Groton School
    Miss Porter’s School
    The Hotchkiss School
    The Loomis Chaffee School
Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.