About Ruffing : At a Glance : Accreditation & Accolades

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Through collaborative professional relationships and accrediting organizations, Ruffing continually strives to provide the best learning environment for our children, families, faculty and staff.

Ruffing holds accreditation through and memberships in the following organizations:

  • ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States)
  • OAIS (Ohio Association of Independent School)
  • ISM (Independent School Management)
  • CCIS (Cleveland Council of Independent Schools)
  • Ohio Department of Education
  • US Green Building Council
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History Science Resource Center

Recent Accolades:

  • 2009 Northeast Ohio Environmental Award by the Biodiversity Alliance
  • 2010 LEED Certification by the US Green Building Certification Institute
  • 2010 Emerald Award by Crain’s Cleveland Business for innovation in green design and construction
  • 2010 Community Improvement Award by the City of Cleveland Heights for Sustainability for our green programs and curriculum
  • 2012 Top Workplaces Award by the Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • 2012 Conservation Educator of the Year awarded to Ruffing Science Specialist Mary Beth McCormack by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • 2013 Ruffing received a Community Improvement Awards for Sustainability in recognition of our Stormwater Learning Lab project

Faculty Certifications

  • All faculty have earned undergraduate degrees, with 20 faculty having earned masters degrees or higher
  • 16 teachers have graduated from Montessori Training (16 from AMI training; and 1 from AMS)
  • Individual faculty are members of NAMTA (North American Montessori Teachers’ Association)
  • Ruffing strongly supports faculty professional development, with teachers attending annual Montessori refresher courses and other conferences throught NAIS, ISM and ISACS.


Ruffing Montessori School   |   3380 Fairmount Blvd Cleveland Heights, OH 44118   |   Phone: (216) 321-7571   |   Hours 8am-4pm M-F   |   After Hours Phone (216) 321-0913