Located in the historic Italian Village neighborhood, between The Ohio State University and downtown Columbus, Ohio.

933 Hamlet Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43201.

Year Founded


Founded in 1968 as a preschool for St. Joseph Academy. Established in 1977 as a private, Diocesan school for preschool through 8th Grade.


Designated as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, governed by a Board of Trustees and led by a Head of School.

Accreditations, Affiliations & Recognition

Accredited by Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association (OCSAA)
Affiliated with American Montessori Society (AMS), Columbus Catholic Dioceses, National Catholic Educators Association (NCEA).

43% of our teachers hold advanced degrees


241 students from preschool through 8th grade
Student to teacher ratio is 12:1
Students scored in the top percentile on the Terra Nova tests

Faculty Distinctions

28 teachers total
22 are Montessori Certified
3 are working toward Montessori Certified
12 have Master's Degrees

Our students score 30-50% above all state averages in Terra Nova testing.

Number of Multi-Age Classrooms

9 total
4 Children's House (ages 3 to 5+, grades Preschool - Kindergarten)
2 Lower Elementary (ages 6-9, grades 1-3)
2 Upper Elementary (ages 10-12, grades 4-6)
1 Middle School (ages 13-14, grades 7-8)

Hours of Operation

8:15am - 3:15pm
Before-school Care 7:30am - 8:15am
After-school Care 3:15pm - 6:00pm

60% of our teachers have more than ten years experience.
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At St. Joseph Montessori School, we believe, as does the American Montessori Society, in the power of quality Montessori to transform lives.  This shared belief leads us to embrace the AMS Pathways to Continuous School Improvement.  The Pathways process supports SJMS by giving us a mechanism for articulating our quality and gives us direction for on-going self-paced improvement.  

The Pathways consists of 10 steps:

  • AMS School Membership  (Step 1)

  • Montessori Core Components (Steps 2-6)

  • Self-Study of Institutional and Instructional Practices (Steps 7-9) and

  • School Accreditation (Step 10) 

St. Joseph Montessori School is currently at an AMS Pathways Step 5.  When our secondary faculty is enrolled in a MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) approved training center, we will become a Step 6.  The goal is to begin our self-study either in the fall or winter semester of the 2020-21 school year. Writing a self-study allows a school and all stakeholders to examine every aspect of school operations.  From this self-examination strengths, challenges, goals, and plans and priorities are defined. This work is then aligned with the schools’ Strategic Plan. Congratulate SJMS faculty and administration as they have embraced this work.  Stay abreast of progress and ways in which you can become involved.    

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The US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award honors schools which have achieved high levels of performance. St. Joseph Montessori School has won two of them, recognizing it as one of the top 5% of elementary schools in the United States.


Recent Accolades


SJMS students again placed very well in the Power of the Pen competition. The District Tournament was lead by an SJMS student out of 240 total and the seven of our students who progressed to Regional all performed well. Congratulations everyone!

Our MATHCOUNTS Club achieved Gold Level Status again this year, effectively wallpapering our upstairs hallways with Gold Level banners. This is the highest achievement possible in MATHCOUNTS (aka The National Math Club). At time of print, SJMS is only one of three schools in Ohio to achieve Gold Level Status. 15 Ohio schools achieved Silver Level..


At the Power of the Pen Regional Competition this year, a team of 7th and 8th graders from St. Joseph Montessori School competed against 196 writers representing 36 schools. One student from both the 7th and 8th grade teams qualified for the state tournament at the College of Wooster. The 7th grade student also achieved a perfect score and placed first in each of the writing rounds, resulting in an overall first place among all 7th grade writers in the Region!

St. Joseph Montessori School was chosen as one of only two schools in Central Ohio to participate in the annual Columbus Dispatch Children’s Book Survey panel. Our student judges, as part of a panel of 24 adults and 23 children, critiqued and recommended hundreds of books published in 2014 which were then compiled in the year-end Dispatch 2014 Children’s Book Guide.

For the third year in a row, our student members of the National Math Club received Gold Level Status which is the highest level to achieve. Our members consisted of students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. St. Joseph Montessori School was one of only 5 schools in Ohio to achieve this feat!