60th Anniversary
60 Years: Our Montessori Journey

This year, we are celebrating our 60th anniversary! Since 1963, we have empowered students to find joy in learning and to become their best selves. While much has changed over the past 60 years, we remain true to our core values. Without your support, these values would be impossible to achieve. Your gift enables us to employ caring, qualified staff; grow our Montessori curriculum; give students optimal learning opportunities and individualized support; and provide those in need with scholarships.


Give for Legacy

“Children have a sense of the succession of activities in time. It is like a muscular memory, a memory of movement and of time.” –Maria Montessori 

Ratner Core Values: Being inspired by and practicing Montessori education; Teaching universal values rooted in the Jewish faith


Give for Learning

“In the child is much knowledge, much wisdom. If we do not profit from it, it is only because of neglect on our part to become humble and to see the wonder of this soul and learn what the child can teach.” –Maria Montessori

Ratner Core Values: Creating a challenging and relevant academic environment


Give for Love

“‘Courage, my dear, courage! … Go on triumphantly. I am here to help you.’ This kind of encouragement is instinctive in those who love children.” –Maria Montessori 

Ratner Core Values: Meeting the needs of each individual learner


Give for Light

“Whoever seeks a new path to guide humanity to a higher level must look to the child as to a new teacher who brings a new light.” –Maria Montessori

Ratner Core Values: Embracing diversity; Being a welcoming, caring, global community


Generations of students and families have benefitted from the education we provide. While we honor our journey over the past 60 years, we are most excited for the road ahead and the countless more lives we can touch. Your gift is an important part of Our Montessori Journey.


Give Now and Get Your Own Keepsake Book!

To commemorate our 60th Anniversary, the first 60 donors who give $500 or more to this year’s Annual Fund will receive a keepsake hardbound anniversary book. Only 60 copies will be printed. Make your gift today so you don’t miss out!


Looking for stories!

Tell us about a shining moment from your Ratner Montessori journey. We'd love to hear your story and see any photos you may have. Send them to Mandy at [email protected] (By sharing, you give permission to use in our keepsake book and/or social media.)



Need Assistance?

Call: 216-464-0033

Email: Mike Griffith, Head of School, [email protected]

Connie Hartley, Director of Finance, [email protected]


Double Your Impact!

Does your employer offer a matching gifts program? If so, send in your forms and double the impact of your donation. Your Human Resources representative can help you with this process.


Give through Your Donor Advised Fund

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a type of giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support your favorite charities.


An increasingly popular charitable vehicle, DAFs are an excellent way to both simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals.


Give a Gift of Stock

To make a gift of stock or other security, call us at 216 464 0033 for the necessary account information.


Give a Gift through an IRA Rollover

To make a gift through an IRA rollover, call us at 216 464 0033.


Consider the School in Your Planned Giving

Help us continue our legacy of meeting each child where he/she is by including us in your legacy. For more information, call us at 216 464 0033.