With so many education options in the Toledo area, deciding where your children should attend school can be a daunting task. Wherever your child is in their educational journey, our guides can help you through the decision-making process. You can also check out additional education guides at toledoparent.com.
EDUCARE ACADEMY CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS
10 locations throughout Toledo
(419) 704-2009 | educareacademy.com
Open House: Schedule a tour online
With ten locations throughout Toledo, Educare Academy Child Development Centers make finding a local childcare option easy for parents. Children, from infants to school age, have a place at Educare. For parents with infants and toddlers, the school has partnered with Cuties Care, which provides diapers and wipes for little ones while at school for an extra $10 a week. The school has also partnered with the Lucas County Family Council and the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership to provide Early Head Start and Head Start programs. Early Head Start is for children under three and helps prepare children for the transition to preschool, while the traditional Head Start program helps promote and strengthen school readiness for preschool-aged children. Head Start programs help the children of low-income families succeed when starting kindergarten. Free Pre-K is also offered for four-year-olds whose families meet certain income requirements. School-age children also have a place at Educare, where they can receive assistance with homework, reading, playing games and engaging in crafting activities before and after school. During the summer, school-age kids participate in the Summer Camp program with learning opportunities and field trips.
CARDINAL STRITCH CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
3225 Pickle Rd., Oregon
419-693-0465 | stritch.edu
Since 1961, Cardinal Stritch has been a leader in the Toledo area for Catholic education that focuses on helping students reach their academic and personal excellence. This year, Cardinal Stritch celebrates their 60th Anniversary in Catholic Education as the only Preschool-12 Catholic school in the Toledo area. Cardinal Stritch offers a wide range of courses, giving students the chance to discover new interests from Preschool-12. These courses include core classes along with Theology, French, Spanish, Engineering Technology, Performing arts, Visual arts, Health and Personal Fitness, and L.I.F.E. (Looking Into Future Experiences) Program classes.
We try to make learning fun as students transition to becoming more independent learners from academy to high school. Small group rotations help them with problem solving, independence, and taking ownership of their learning.
Cardinal Stritch also has college credit options through their six AP courses and their partnerships with Owens Community College, as well as The University of Toledo for college-credit-plus classes. To emphasize the importance of community service and life-long stewardship, students participate in Stewards of Stritch (S.O.S.) which requires students to meet a certain number of community service hours each year. As for after-school activities, 98 percent of students participate in extracurriculars such as athletics, performing arts and enriching clubs.
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES HIGH SCHOOL
2323 W. Bancroft St.
419-531-1618 | sfstoledo.org
Open House: Call to make appointment
At St. Francis, we not only want to be the best school, but the best school for each individual student. From the teachings of St. Francis de Sales, we encourage our students to ‘be who you are and be that well.’ This motto, imprinted on the hearts of our students and faculty, has formed our educational philosophy. Students at St. Francis understand that myPREP is “my path, my journey, and my plan for education.” myPREP (Professional Readiness Education Program) is our innovative, individualized approach to education, where students can explore areas of interest and go deeper into their passions. The goal of myPREP is to ignite the love of learning in students of all grades.
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 option for many families. This early care facility is a place where students learn through exploration, and the staff works hard to support children and families in a creative Christian environment. Children’s Discovery Center has programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and offers a Discovery Express School for kindergarten-aged children.
Additionally, Camp Discovery is a summer program designed 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 have ongoing training throughout the school year. The programs are all Step
TOLEDO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Whatever your child’s interests academically, the Toledo Public Schools system offers many resources to help them excel and find their niche. From college prep to vocational training like carpentry, welding, auto collision, aviation, medical technology, and animal science, “It’s offered at TPS.” Students who attend TPS also have endless opportunities for extracurriculars in athletics, the arts, and much more.
TPS standards for early childhood education and special education are second to none, and they are well-recognized for their Intervention Response Teams (IRT) to help any student who is experiencing behavioral and/or academic difficulties. No matter what your child is going through, there are resources to help them overcome it and thrive.
Though open house events took place in August and early September, parents who are looking to send their child to a Toledo Public School can always visit.
CHILDREN’S THEATRE WORKSHOP
2417 Collingwood Blvd.
Open House: Contact to schedule a tour
Children’s Theatre Workshop is a nonprofit organization that offers classes to kids ages three through 18, and provides an excellent introduction to the world of theater. Their mission is to make theater accessible to children of all backgrounds, providing them with experience in writing, performing, designing sets, and honing other organizational skills behind the scenes that make theater productions possible. With year-round courses available, the programs are divided by age group: Early Stages (3-6 years old), Players (7-9 years old), Ensemble (10-12 years old), and Teen Company (13-18 years old).
All CTW programs are beneficial for helping students develop important life skills, in addition to theater-specific insights. To find out how to get your child involved, give CTW a call or check out their website.