Ruffing Montessori
Rocky River


Children are evaluated on the basis of readiness for school and potential for success in a Montessori classroom.  It is equally important to determine whether the parent’s educational philosophy is compatible with that of Ruffing Montessori School. Ruffing Montessori School welcomes all qualified individuals regardless of gender, race, color, creed, disability, national or ethnic origin.

We understand that applying to a school can be stressful, especially in light of our current post-Covid world.  We strive to make the admissions process as simple and friendly as possible.

The admissions process consists of an in person, physically distanced parent information session and tour, submission of an application form and non-refundable $50.00 registration fee, and a parent, child and teacher meeting.


We will be happy to answer any questions you have about Ruffing Montessori School and our application procedure. You can submit an inquiry form or contact Lori Coticchia at (440) 333-2250.

Parent Informational Session and Tour

In Person

We encourage both parents to visit the school for an informational session and tour. We are confident you will walk away with an appreciation for the Montessori pedagogy and Ruffing’s thoughtful, expansive campus.  Please sign up for a session online or call the main office at (440) 333-2250. Each visit lasts approximately 30 minutes. Currently sessions are scheduled on October 17, 2020, November 7, 2020, and December 5, 2020.


If the scheduled tour dates do not work with your schedule or if you would prefer a virtual tour, please contact Lori Coticchia at (440) 333-2250 or via email.  Lori will provide you with a personalized virtual overview of Ruffing and the admissions process.


Complete the On-Line Application and submit the $50 application fee.   Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis and most decisions are made by early March.

Parent, Child and Teacher Meeting

In January, we call applicants to arrange a mutually agreeable parent/child/teacher meeting.  At this meeting, you and the Ruffing staff member continue to exchange information about your child and about Ruffing. You and your child will visit with a teacher in a relaxed atmosphere for approximately 30 to 45 minutes.


In most cases, admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.  Acceptance of a child is based on many factors.  Families will be notified by mail or phone. Accompanying the acceptance letter is an Enrollment Contract which must be completed and returned to the school within ten days.

Waiting List

If there are no openings available for your child, you may request to be placed on our waiting list. You will be notified when a space becomes available.