School may be out for summer, but the families and staff of the new Gamble Montessori Elementary have school on their mind. They rolled up their sleeves, grabbed some gardening gloves and paint brushes, and spruced up the exterior of the school at 2700 Felicity Place. Well, it is new to them. What once was the site of James N. Gamble Montessori High School is now home to approximately 175 Gamble Montessori Elementary students. When school opens August 19, Principal Melissa Ridley will welcome students in preschool through sixth-grade.
"I am very excited about this summer event. It was a great way to bring our families together so they get to know each other and also get acquainted with our staff," Ridley said.
Gamble Montessori Elementary School is one of three new schools opening in August. The Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS), 3711 Clifton Avenue, will serve the communities of Clifton, Spring Grove and the coalition of Clifton Heights, University Heights and Fairview. Classes will be available to students in preschool through second-grade. A new grade will be added each year for the next four years.
Approximately 540 Gamble Montessori High School students will now attend classes at 3036 Werk Road, the site of the former Mercy High School. In 2018, Cincinnati Public Schools purchased the building and its 13.71-acre campus in the Westwood neighborhood. In February 2019, Cincinnati Public Schools' Superintendent Laura Mitchell recommended moving Gamble High School there.
Families still interested in attending CANS elementary school can register at the Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, between 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.