School Details

Pleasant Ridge Montessori School

5945 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45213
(513) 363-4400
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 600 students 20 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

60%
68%
80%
79%
78%
81%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Cincinnati Public Schools average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
61%
78%
72%
76%
86%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Cincinnati Public Schools average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

43%
55%
68%
54%
61%
72%
48%
49%
69%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Cincinnati Public Schools average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
64%
76%
63%
79%
84%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Cincinnati Public Schools average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pleasant Ridge Montessori School is a public middle school in Golf Manor. The principal of Pleasant Ridge Montessori School is Ms. Jennifer L. Mauch and can be contacted at mauchje@cpsboe.k12.oh.us. 600 students go to Pleasant Ridge Montessori School and identify primarily as Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 71% of the 600 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 67% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Pleasant Ridge Montessori School is 20:1. Nativity School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Sports

  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 57% 64%
Hispanic 4% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 26%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.8%
Asian 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67% 72%
Economically disadvantaged 71% 60%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    PRM IS GREAT......PRINCIPAL TEACHERS AND STAFF ARE CONSCIENTIOUS AND CARING.. THEY COMMUNICATE WELL TO STUDENT AND THE PARENT. TEST SCORES ARE IMPROVING AND THE STUDENTS ARE WELL BEHAVED AND MANNERABLE. MY FIRST GRADES OFTEN SHARES THINGS HE HAS LEARNED AND HOLD ENGAGING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HIS SCHOOL EXPENRIENCE. PRM IS DEFINITELY MAKING CONSTANT IMPROVEMENTS. THE OLD TEST SCORE RESULTS DO NOT REFLECT THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT AND STANDARDS. I AM VERY PLEASED THAT MY CHILD IS IN GOOD HANDS AT PRM. IT TRULY DOES ROCK...

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school the teachers are so good to the students my children have never been involved in so many different things I could never ask for any better school for my children

  • (1 year ago)

    PRM is an example of a neighborhood Montessori program that works! An incredibly dedicated staff working diligently to ensure that the needs and goals of a diverse student body are met. The parent and community involvement is impressive. Our kids have been at this school for several years and we love it!

  • (1 year ago)

    We feel so fortunate to live in a school district that values a community and team-based approach to education. Parent and teacher involvement dynamic and continuous improvement based on feedback as well as impressive leadership makes this school one of a kind. My daughers are being set up for success through the Montessori style of teaching partnered with excellent teachers and community.

  • (1 year ago)

    After three years of being bullied in a Catholic school and a year and a half in online school we tried PRM. During the tour my grandson was excited and was thrilled to begin. The support staff is fabulous. There is NO BULLYING. Evveryone is part of a community. We will miss the school and fabulous principal when he goes to Clark next year.

  • (1 year ago)

    PRM is a great community. The Montessori method has given our kids such a strong framework for language arts and reading. The multi-age classrooms are also great because students can move at their own pace much more naturally. It really works well for kids who are moving faster. My kids love it because they can tackle the big questions like 'What is the Big Bang?' 'How have languages evolved? ' 'How big is 1 000?' PRM also has wonderful after school programs the musicals are great and it offers sports teams. They also have a school garden and a nature playscape which is unique. The down-sides are that logistics can be a hassle sometimes e.g. the car lines are not very kid-friendly dealing with CPS regulations can be a drag etc. The students also have very little time to eat & play outside just 30 minutes (though that's fairly standard in public schools I think). Also because the school is growing fast some families might find the size overwhelming.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love Pleasant Ridge Montessori for so many reasons. Parents and community members are involved and invested in this school. The Montessori curriculum has been perfect for both my daughter who is a hard-working self-motivated learner who thrives when she is challenged and for my son who is very active and would have a tough time sitting in a desk all day. I am constantly amazed at the caliber of work they are doing. Unlike some schools PRM still has art music and PE as part of the school day and community partners team up with the school to offer unique enrichment programs (arts STEM nature and more) during and after school and as summer camps. PRM's school garden is an amazing place and has transformed the school yard into a place where children have hands-on learning experiences and grow food that they get to eat! We've been involved with this school for nearly eight years since the inception of the Montessori curriculum and it just keeps getting better. Test scores don't begin to tell the story of PRM.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am hearing great things about pleasant ridge Montessori from families in the neighborhood!! Tons of parent involvement motivated teachers growing community! Looking forward to touring for my son!

  • (2 years ago)

    The statistics on this website for both economic and racial diversity are quite out of date. We are now at 61% of students eligible for free or reduced lunch down from 98% 6 years ago. This has changed as we have increased the number of students and greatly added to the socio-economic diversity by making it a fabulous neighborhood public school. Seeing is believing come take a tour.

  • (2 years ago)

    Pleasant Ridge Montessori is beginning to see the results of years of parental involvement to turn around the former Pleasant Ridge School. As students have moved up through the ranks test scores have improved and will continue to do so as more people discover this hidden gem. It's not just test scores though. My children are challenged to be leaders to treat others with respect to show empathy for people who are different to think divergently to be independent. In short they are learning values much larger than facts and figures. They are being prepared for the world of the future. Parents started this school and parents continue to lead it. Just last week 65 parents came to our PTO meeting. The depth of commitment is profound. We have turned down out of state job offers to stay at this school that's how much we love it. It is such a hidden gem in this city.

  • (3 years ago)

    PRM is a great school once you look past the test scores of the kids that did not start out their education there. The teachers there all love their jobs and it shows in the way that they teach and interact with the students and there is not another school in Cincinnati with better parent support and participation than PRM.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am so happy that we chose to send our daughter to Pleasant Ridge Montessori and we plan to send our other two younger children there as well. We are so fortunate to have PRM in our neighborhood. I am constantly impressed with the quality of work that my kindergartener brings home and how much she is learning. The communications received from the teacher PTO and administration are excellent. I am also impressed with the extracurricular activities offered by the school. I did a lot of research and classroom observations of other area schools during our decision-making process and am so happy with our decision to choose PRM!

  • (4 years ago)

    We are absolutely in love with PRM. Don't focus on the test scores or you will miss an amazing educational opportunity for both you and your kids. PRM has been recognized as a premier model of a neighborhood Montessori school. The new building and new curriculum were introduced just 3 years ago. The school recently partnered with Xavier University and has XU staff on site daily. XU is also recognized internationally as the leader of Montessori Education. The energy at PRM is strong. The community is involved and understands that with diligence the scores on the outside will soon reflect what is really happening on the inside. Montessori is more than passing a test; it is teaching to the whole child from the inside out.

  • (4 years ago)

    PRM is an amazing place that is getting better all the time. My daughter began in Kindergarten and we are now in 4th grade. In Montessori 4th is part of "9-12" the 3rd age grouping. Her daily work is rigorous. We have had the gift of getting to know a wide diversity of students and families from all walks of life. This has been the biggest gift.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our family lives in Amberley Village and when we moved into the area with small children we were worried about which school to send our children. How lucky are we to have Pleasant Ridge Montessori right in our backyard. We have a 4 and 5 year old at the school and we couldn't be more pleased. Our Kindergartener is an avid reader and LOVES her time at school continent study the hundreds board and the movable alphabet. PRM is a constant source of happiness for her. We have been extremely impressed with the level of parent involvement as well as the commitment to the children and the school that so many parent and teachers share. PRM truly is a community and one that we are so happy to be a part of.

  • (4 years ago)

    PRM is a tremendous success and the test scores do not reflect what is happening inside the builidng. The curriculum is above par with the help of a newly formed partnership with XU. The principal teachers and parent leadership are establishing firm guidelines and procedures. Weekly email reminders and notices go out twice a week. Folders come home with inserts. The web site contains the calendar for the year. Information is accessible. The parent involvement and ability to raise money surpasses most of the magnet schools. Everyone - parents teachers staff -- are so inviting and kind. There is room for everyone to be involved in some way. I have no doubt my children will get into the high school of their choice and be well-prepared after having access to the programming and extracurriculars available at PRM. PRM will be the gem of CPS soon.

  • (4 years ago)

    I LOVE Pleasant Ridge Montessori!! I see hard work and determination to make a neighborhood Montessori school a success!! It is not easy but it's being done AND BEAUTIFULLY!

  • (4 years ago)

    We had high hopes for this school. Unfortunately they are an organizational nightmare. Often times our child will come home with papers about events that have already passed or are going to commence that evening. In addition our child is very bright and did exceptionally well in her last school. However she has forgotten nearly everything she learned in the past because they are so behind at this school. Our child's teacher seems preoccupied and dismissive. We are looking into our options to get our child into a school that is more organized doesn't fail the state tests and has adequate teachers. In addition to all of this the PTO at this school is a joke. It is akin to a sorority/fraternity. Nothing ever happens at the meetings just the same people talking to hear themselves talk. Oh and the food they serve them is abysmal at the very least.

  • (4 years ago)

    I attended P Ridge in the 40's and 50's. I loved my teachers especially Miss Martha Seifried who taught music and made us learn all the verses to The Star Spangled Banner. I still remember the last verse! John Smith was the principal Mr. Walling taught Gym Mr. Wardlaw taught Shop Mrs. Armstrong taught art and Mrs Brasch taught Math. I entered in the 3rd grade and after 8th I went to Withrow.

  • (5 years ago)

    Because it is a neighborhood school and the staff is great!

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