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Ruffing’s Middle School

Spirited sounds envelop Ruffing’s Middle School – laughter at a joke during algebra class, adolescent voices conjugating verbs in French, a moment of silence during morning meeting, passionate political discussions over lunch, questions clarifying the science lab on human genetics, or even the bounce of a basketball echoing in the halls after morning practice. These are the sounds of the Middle School’s engaged learning community, where we embrace the tremendous potential of adolescents, recognize and nurture their academic strengths, and provide guidance to our students as they grapple with their sense of self and place in the future.

The Ruffing Middle School is a dynamic academic environment for 7th and 8th years. Small class sizes foster close relationships with teachers and are participatory, often conducted in seminar format, allowing for the exchange of ideas. Assignments are challenging and varied, but also purposeful and designed to help students develop skills applicable not only to the next step of their education, but to the real world.

The curriculum is rigorous with a daily schedule of classes, graded assignments and specialist teachers for each subject. An emphasis is placed on expository and creative writing, as well as oral presentations, preparing students to excel at these essential skills. Humanities instruction involving novel discussions and history provide a thematic framework for coursework. In addition, daily algebra math classes, aligned with inquiry and lab-based science classes focusing on physics, chemistry and genetics, provide students with a strong math and science foundation. Additional offerings, including foreign language, art, music, physical education and interscholastic athletics, ensure a rich and comprehensive experience for each student.

Ruffing’s Middle School program emphasizes ongoing interaction with the greater community. Students have the opportunity for extended and local travel, cultural experiences, and weekly community service and service-learning opportunities at the Cleveland Foodbank, Judson Retirement Communities, and a local community garden. Such experiences provide meaningful life lessons to our students, ensuring they are not only prepared academically, but also socially and emotionally so as to develop a strong sense of integrity, character and social justice.

8:30 am – 3:15 pm

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