On average, and in normal times, children spend 1,000 hours each year in school, and that doesn’t include extracurricular activities. With school being such a huge part of a child’s life, it is important to find the perfect fit where a child can feel comfortable, challenged, and engaged. Fortunately, in the Toledo area we are lucky to have many school options for our youngest residents. We’ve compiled a list to help you determine which schools you’ll want to check out for the young ones in your home!
iLead Spring Meadows
1615 Timberwolf Dr., Holland
419-491-7423 | ileadspringmeadows.org
Open House: Check website to schedule a tour
iLead stands for international, leadership, entrepreneurial development, arts, and design thinking which are the primary focuses of this public charter school. Any child in K-8th grade in the Toledo area can attend iLead as there are no district boundaries. The school is similar to public schools in the sense that it follows common core standards and participates in state testing; however, the approach to meeting these standards is very different from many public schools. iLead emphasises Project Based Learning which allows students to learn and apply content standards through their own discovery and research which they then can apply to various projects. This allows students to take ownership of their education, but is still facilitated by teachers. Also unique to the school is the multi-age classes where children of different grades work together in the same room. This allows children to get more individualized attention and helps them build social skills. Working and busy parents would also appreciate the school’s before and after school care options.
The Maritime Academy of Toledo helps students in grades 6-12 develop the skills they need for the next stage of their lives. The academy has a strong focus around nautical/maritime-themed studies; however, like any middle school and high school, this academy also focuses on all core content and standards for Ohio’s public schools.
Students graduating from the academy are leaders, innovative, and have strong character. Additionally, graduates can leave the academy with credentials to attend a traditional four-year college, start a career on a commercial vessel, earn a spot with the US Merchant Marine Academy in New York, go through an officer training program, or attend a state maritime academy for undergraduate and graduate programs leading to mariner careers. These are all results of the first state-approved Maritime Career Tech Education Program in the United States.
Additional programs include a culinary and hospitality program, and apprenticeships for building trade work. This academy would be a great fit for a student who learns well with hands-on activities.
St. Francis de Sales High School
2323 W. Bancroft St., Toledo
419-531-1618 | sfstoledo.org
St. Francis de Sales works to help young boys transition into Christian practicing gentlemen. The school provides a moral, intellectual, physical, and social foundation for all its students. The high school has been recognized as one of the top 25 Catholic high schools in the nation and it has an extraordinary Advanced Placement (AP) program which is highly accredited with 20 AP classes. The success rates on those tests have been recognized by the College Board as some of the best in the state. Along with academics, St. Francis focuses on providing opportunities for the young men to deepen their faith through retreats, mission trips, and volunteer projects. Athletics is also a source of pride as the school has 27 state championships in 7 different sports. The school has great athletic facilities to promote physical development. In addition to teams, the school has intramural sports as well as a variety of academic clubs, a yearbook committee, chorus, bands, musicals, a school TV station, a school newspaper, and much more.
St. Ursula Academy
4025 Indian Rd., Toledo
419-531-1693 | toledoua.org
Open House: November 15th Noon-3pm
St. Ursula Academy is Toledo’s oldest all female Catholic college prep school for girls from 6th grade to 12th grade. With over 550 students enrolled, the school still has an impressive 12:1 student to teacher ratio, which means much more individualized attention for students. The ultimate mission of the school is to ensure that the young women embrace their own possibilities, explore new passions, grow in their faith, and become leaders in school and the community. The school has 20 Advanced Placement courses as well as honors courses to challenge students and prepare them with the possibility of college credits while in high school. Additionally, the school provides a one of a kind “best fit” college quest where students work throughout high school to find the best college for them. In addition to academics, the school has 13 varsity sports as well as a great fine arts and performing arts program.
Children’s Discovery Center
Locations in Toledo, Holland, Perrysburg, and Waterville
419-867-8570 | childrensdiscoverycenters.com
Open House: Call for an appointment
With centers throughout the Toledo area, Children’s Discovery Center is a great close option for many families. This early care facility is a place where students learn through exploration, and it works hard to support children and families in a creative Christian environment. Children’s Discovery Center has programs for infants, toddlers, preschool, and offers a Discovery Express School for kindergarten aged children. Additionally, Camp Discovery is a summer camp program for school aged children. The school follows Reggio Emilia’s approach to learning which focuses on creating strong, powerful, and capable children. The center’s educators are degreed teachers who go through on-going training during the year. The programs are all Step Up to Quality star rated and the centers have won various local and national awards.
West Side Montessori
Perrysburg: 13587 Roachton Rd., 419-874-9385
Toledo: 7115 W. Bancroft St., 419-866-1931
Open House: Contact to schedule a tour
Montessori is a child-centered education approach where the students take ownership and a lead in their education. A lot of the methods include self-directed activity, collaborative play, and hands-on learning. West Side Montessori works on nurturing the whole child by creating a school environment that focuses just as much on the heart of the child as it does on challenging the child’s intellect. Along with core academics, the school also believes in the importance of outdoor education, the arts, physical education, and technology education for the growth of each child. The school has very impressive student to teacher ratios ranging from 4:1 – 12:1 depending on the age group. Students from as young as toddlers up to 8th grade can enroll in West Side Montessori. Extracurricular activities are also offered and include a variety of options such as karate, soccer, chorus, and gardening.
Maumee Valley Country Day School
1715 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo
419-381-1313 | mvcds.org
Open House: September 3rd 6:30-8:30pm
For those as young as three years old all the way up to 12th grade, Maumee Valley Country Day School has a place for all children. Education at Maumee Valley is personal, experiential, and global. Each child is viewed as an individual and children are taught in the means that best fits their learning style. Students learn by doing at Maumee Valley. The school provides real events and experiences where students can explore, ask questions, take risks, and develop a deeper learning from those experiences. Maumee Valley knows that students will eventually go on to explore the world, and in order to become global citizens students study global issues and work to solve the challenges that they see. One way the school is working to solve global issues is by partnering with Duke University and Johns Hopkins University as part of the Global Public Service Academy for Health where students travel and work around the world providing health services. In addition to the impressive academics, Maumee Valley also has a wonderful fine arts and performing arts program, athletics, college counseling, and a biliteracy program.
Horizon Science Academy
2600 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo
419-474-3350 | horizontoledo.org
Open House: August 7th (student orientation)
Horizon Science Academy is a school of high standards where all students work on rigorous lessons which ultimately lead to gaining skills necessary for success during and after high school. The small size of the school leads to personalized instruction and an environment where everyone feels seen and welcome. Being a science academy, the school does focus on math, science, and technology, but all core subjects are taught including foreign languages and performing arts. Students have the opportunity to participate in athletics, school clubs, cultural exchange programs, and various trips. With frequent parent teacher conferences, parent dinners and picnics, and a Parent Teacher Organization, parents play a large part in the success of the school and their child’s education.
519 Ordway Ave., Bowling Green
419-353-3898 | sleekacademy.us
Open House: August 13th 5-6pm
A relatively new school, Sleek Academy opened its doors just two years ago in 2018. The newly renovated school knows the importance of the environment in which children learn, so the school has a health and wellness classroom, life skills room, and industrial arts classroom. Students are given a one-hour lunch/playground time because Sleek Academy understands the importance of social education. The educational methods are innovative with project-based lessons that allow students to learn curriculum along with life skills, independence, and confidence. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) is the fundamental basis for the learning style of Sleek Academy. The hands-on approach to learning creates engagement for students and allows them to explore real-world scenarios.