We have exciting news! In the spring of 2020, Ruffing Montessori School is embarking on an ambitious building expansion and renovation plan. The Ruffing 2020 Vision includes many features:

  • new upper elementary environments
  • an elevator
  • a science lab
  • a student kitchen
  • a new Spanish environment
  • a parent meeting room
  • an improved greenhouse and garden
  • a new entrance to provide added security
  • a new Good Shepherd Atrium
  • new middle school environments

To finance the project, we are launching a Capital Campaign, and we need your help. Our committee of volunteers will be asking all current families, alumni, parents of alumni, foundations, and community donors to consider supporting this worthy cause. We are happy to report generous donors have already provided over $1,222,000 towards our fundraising goal of three million dollars. We thank them very much!

We came from humble beginnings. When John came to Ruffing in 1972, we had twenty-one elementary students in a church basement in Lakewood. We moved to our current location in 1976, purchased the building in 1983, and added to our building in 1983, 1992, 1997, and 2004 with monies raised by our generous parents and through various capital campaigns.

In order to continue our culture of exploration, initiative, and independent learning, our children need larger and modernized learning environments.   John’s goal, as principal, has always been to provide all students with premier learning environments in a fiscally responsible manner.

For the first time in over fifteen years, we ask you to help us prepare the Ruffing environment for the future.