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Hershey’s Concord Campus in Top 2.5% of U.S. Schools

Hershey’s Concord Campus in Top 2.5% of U.S. Schools

Hershey Montessori School is pleased to announce that its Concord Birth through 6th grade Campus is ranked by Niche as being in the top 2.5% of schools in the country. The Concord Campus has an A+ overall grade.

Niche is known as the market leader in connecting schools and colleges with students and families, helping them to enroll in the right school for them. Its grades and rankings are calculated using dozens of data sets and millions of reviews. Niche data scientists rigorously analyze data and user opinions to assess the key aspects of K-12 Schools, as well as Colleges and Places to Live.

Reviews play an important part in a school’s grade. Several new, impactful parent reviews have contributed to a recent grade increase. Raising it to an A+ from an A.


“Hershey is truly an amazing place. The guides recognize and respect each individual child’s needs and learning styles. This approach allows the kids to feel supported, yet it still gently pushes their boundaries so they can learn and grow. In addition to important school lessons, the kids are also taught life skills like cleaning, making food, helping others. Kids are allowed to be kids – they choose what interests them and have the freedom to learn lessons at their own pace. Plus the outdoor space is beautiful!” ~Parent Review on Niche



Hershey’s Concord Campus encompasses 13 acres, including 11 acres of woodland, trails, green space, play areas, and gardens. All lead guides are AMI-trained and certified. Classrooms at the Concord Campus consist of indoor spaces prepared with Montessori materials, outdoor spaces of vegetable plots, and open green space for play.

Hershey’s 7th-12th grade Huntsburg Campus holds an A- grade overall. And, although as a Montessori school we use mastery as our marker, we recognize that Niche grades provide a universal understanding for the general population in regard to the quality and value of an educational institution.

We are thankful for our community’s trust, support, and the time they have taken to share their perspectives and experiences with Niche. We are also grateful for the staff and guides who help make Hershey Montessori School the warm and caring academic community that so many have come to love and respect.

If you would like to leave a review for either Hershey campus, you may do so here.

2023 Hershey Cosmic Run 5K/1M

2023 Hershey Cosmic Run 5K/1M


Get ready for the Hershey Montessori School Cosmic Run!

This annual event is a community favorite. It serves as a healthy, family-friendly event that provides great fun and connection.

Awards are given in age group categories as young as 11 years up to 71 and over.


When: Saturday, October 28, 2023

Where: Observatory Park at 101610 Clay St. in Montville

Time: Race starts at 9 am

Choose: 5k Race or 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

All ages are welcome!

Registration is easy and online!

All proceeds help support our school mission:

“To provide beautiful Montessori environments, where learning and work are integrated within a community experience engaging intellectual, moral and social development of children and adolescents from birth to eighteen years.”

We can’t wait to see you at the 2023 Cosmic Run!

Hershey Montessori School Offers Student Shadow Days

Hershey Montessori School Offers Student Shadow Days

Hershey Montessori School is offering Student Shadow Days at the Middle and Upper School campus.

The Shadow Day opportunity allows prospective students to experience Hershey’s campus, culture, and curriculum in a personal way. Shadow students are also able to ask peers relevant questions that equip them to make an informed decision about their education journey.

Shadowing students will be able to authentically experience what being a student at Hershey Montessori School is like.

Hershey’s Middle and Upper School campus is located at 11530 Madison Road in Huntsburg, Ohio. 

Interested families may contact the Huntsburg campus Administration and Admissions Coordinator, Kate Zolikoff, to schedule a Shadow Day for their child. Phone 440-636-6290 or email kzolikoff@hershey-montessori.org to request more information.

We look forward to meeting you!

Hershey Alumni Summer Social

Hershey Alumni Summer Social

Join us for Hershey Montessori School’s Alumni Social!

The Alumni Social is open to Hershey alumni and guides. Hershey defines “Alumni” as any person who has been enrolled at Hershey Montessori School for any length of time. Come connect with us and to one another!

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023

Time: 5-7 pm

Location: Westel’s | 4084 Erie St., Willoughby

Cost: $15

Register at: https://one.bidpal.net/westles2023/welcome

Hershey Students Just Run!

Hershey Students Just Run!

Hershey Montessori School wound down this year’s Just Run®  program with its last practice on Thursday, May 25, with a total of thirty-one students. The program readied students for the Just Run 5K race that was held on Saturday, May 27, in Fairport Harbor. Thirty students participated — Hershey’s biggest group ever to represent our school community.



We are grateful to Cheryl McGovern, Hershey Elementary Assistant and Outdoor & Physical Education Coordinator, for leading Hershey’s Just Run group, and to Jennifer Finan, Johan van der Wee, Lakisha Wingard, Saren Peetz, and Venus Kohler for their assistance with the program.

Pictured left to right: Lakisha Wingard, Jennifer Finan, Johan van der Wee, Venus Kohler, Cheryl McGovern

“The energy before the race was palpable and contagious!,” said Cheryl. “They kept up their energy during the race, with the first Hershey runner crossing the finish line in 30th place out of 768 runners!”

A total of four Hershey runners placed in the top 50. Eleven finished in the top 100. One Hershey runner placed in the top 10 Female Runners category, and another placed in the top 20.

“Most importantly, all who began the race crossed the finish line, with our last two crossing holding hands with smiling faces!” enthused Cheryl. “One of my favorite parts was that so many [Hershey runners and supporters] stayed around as the race was winding down that we were able to provide loud cheers for the very last runner! The young girl went from looking a little confused to wearing a broad smile as she realized the cheers were for her.

The sense of community was strong throughout the event, as a school and in our participation with the Fairport Harbor Just Run 5k community.



We congratulate all the students who took part in Just Run and extend gratitude to all the families for their support.

Just Run is a free, multifaceted youth fitness program developed by the Big Sur Marathon Foundation. It promotes fitness, healthy eating, good citizenship, and pride in accomplishment. It promotes exercise and the sport of running. Virtual runs across the USA and Europe link points of interest and geographical and historical sites, making it educational as well.

Hershey Community Drive-In Night

Hershey Community Drive-In Night

Join us for Hershey Montessori School’s Drive-in Theater at the Mayfield Drive-In!

This is a family-fun, community-wide event that will bring us together to celebrate the end of the school year!

Bring the whole family to the Mayfield Drive-In to see the new Disney’s The Little Mermaid with Hershey Montessori School!

Date: Friday, June 2, 2023

Location: Mayfield Drive-In located at 12100 State Route 322 in Chardon

Cost: $20 per car (Each car will receive 1 free large popcorn!)

Gates open: 7:00 pm

Movie begins: at dark

The Little Mermaid. “The Little Mermaid” is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy. Rated PG. View the trailer.

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Hershey Middle Schoolers Build Computers, Experience Digital Age

Hershey Middle Schoolers Build Computers, Experience Digital Age

In Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community, studies in Humanities give adolescents the opportunity to connect with the whole of human history through integrated scholarship, including research, experiential investigation, and expression.  

This quarter, some students explored the Digital Age. Students, led by Humanities guide Nicole Lederle, first began their exploration by learning about the evolution of communication, from the invention of the printing press to today’s growing use of A.I. (artificial intelligence).

Adolescents researched the ins and outs of computer functions, creating their own presentations on selected topics involving technology and communication. 

The next step was to begin the hands-on execution of building their own computers. Students worked in teams of three to build Piper Computer models. The Piper Computer comes in a kit and is designed to give a hands-on STEM learning experience. It also provides students with the fundamentals of electronics and coding through the use of Minecraft Pi and a Scratch-like coding language.

Each model was put together like a puzzle and students got to see how the parts of the computer connect and work together. The adolescents took two class sessions to strategize, problem-solve, and build their fully functioning model. By the end of the second building session, students basked in the glory of their final product, eager to show the other Humanities class what they had accomplished.

The Piper Models consist of a wooden shell fully put together by the students, a Raspberry Pi motherboard, a screen, a small mouse, breadboards, and wiring for controls.  

Hershey middle school students engaged individually, and collaboratively, in sophisticated academic and multisensory, project-based learning. 

The hands help the development of the intellect. When a child is capable of using his hands, he can have a quantity of experiences in the environment through using them. In order to develop his consciousness, then his intellect, and then his will, he must have exercises and experiences.

Maria Montessori, The 1946 London Lectures, p. 130

Bringing lessons to life through an experiential, hands-on learning process is what truly captivates the student. Dr. Montessori knew this. Her approach to educating the whole child in this manner is what makes the Montessori method the sought-after education model families love providing for their children and adolescents.

Hershey Adolescents Undergo Suicide Prevention Training

Hershey Adolescents Undergo Suicide Prevention Training

Mental health training professionals from the Integrated Student Supports and Prevention Services for the ESCWR (Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve) came to Hershey Montessori School’s Huntsburg Campus to lead Middle and Upper School students in QPR Training. They were impressed with the students’ openness, respectful demeanor, and thoughtful questions.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, and its mission is to reduce suicidal behavior and save lives by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to best help.

QPR training teaches both adults and adolescents to identify signs that other people, especially adolescents, may be at risk for attempting suicide. QPR is a nationally recognized, research-based approach to providing life-saving, short-term support and refers people to the professional help they need.

Hershey’s Huntsburg staff was fortunate enough to receive this training earlier this year and will now be able to share a common language with the adolescent students. Providing social-emotional support is not only a focal point in Montessori education but it is also a renewed commitment by school leadership and staff to ensure that every student has the support and the tools to navigate social and emotional challenges they or their friends and peers might encounter.

Through Hershey Montessori School’s close partnerships with parents, our Social-Emotional Learning program, our collaboration with mental health professionals through Family Pride of Northeast Ohio, regular student check-ins with staff advisors, and our holistic, adolescent community-centered Montessori approach, our goal is to guide and support students to recognize and respond to mental and emotional health needs for themselves and others.

For more information about the QPR student training, please visit the QPR website at: https://www.qprinstitute.com/ :

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Hershey Montessori School invites you to Grandparents and Special Friends Day* at the Concord Campus on Friday, May 5, 2023, from 9:00 – 10:30 am. The campus is located at 10229 Prouty Road, Concord Township.
This event is open to grandparents and special friends of Hershey’s Concord students. We look forward to welcoming guests in the gym with refreshments. Guests will then be guided to the appropriate classroom to meet the child’s teacher and allow the children to share their work and introduce their friends.
Hershey will be using a valet service to facilitate parking and kindly requests that guests or the child’s parents RSVP by Wednesday, April 12, by clicking on the survey link in the email already sent to families. Additional details are provided in that email as well.
*Please note that if a grandparent is unable to attend, students are free to invite another loving adult to visit on this day.
Attend a Hershey Open House or Visitors’ Day

Attend a Hershey Open House or Visitors’ Day


Hershey Montessori School open houses are scheduled through May 2023.



Registration is required.


Concord Campus, Birth-6th Grade: 10229 Prouty Road, Concord, Ohio 44077
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2023 from 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2023 from 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from 9:00 – 11:00 am
Huntsburg Campus, 7th-12th Grade: 11530 Madison Road, Huntsburg, Ohio 44046
  • March 31, 2023 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • April 10, 2023 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am 
  • May 8, 12023 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Register Now

What Is an Open House?

An Open House is a set time for prospective parents and students to visit our school campus to learn more about Hershey Montessori School’s curriculum and culture. The Open House is structured to provide a better understanding of what a school has to offer. There are numerous benefits of attending these school open houses, many of which cannot be achieved by simply browsing a school’s website. Not only do open houses allow you to see the campus, but they also provide valuable insight into the programs and culture of each school. 


What Are the Benefits of Attending an Open House?

Prospective families and students benefit greatly by attending a Hershey Montessori School Open House. There is only so much that can be learned from literature, browsing a website and its videos, or even peer reviews. An in-person visit provides greater understanding through physical experience.

When participating in a school Open House event:

  • You have face-to-face dialogue with school personnel and sometimes students.
  • You experience authentic classroom settings.
  • You learn more about the curriculum and will be able to differentiate between Hershey Montessori School and other schools.
  • You will gain a clearer understanding of the school’s values and its approach to education.
  • You will learn what outcomes can be expected from our Montessori education model.
  • You learn how the school communicates with you about your child’s educational progress.
  • You will get a feel for the culture of the school.
  • You will learn things that help you in your decision-making process.
  • You are given the opportunity to ask questions.
  • You will meet some really nice people! 🙂


What to Expect

You will be given a tour of the school building(s) and see our Montessori classrooms and our outdoor space that provides stress-reducing connections to nature. A presentation will be given, allowing time afterward for a question and answer session.



Attending a Hershey Montessori School Open House will inform and equip you to make the best decision for your child’s education. It will also allow you to visualize your child in the school setting and determine if it is a good fit. The feeling you get from being on campus will be an important indicator of whether the school is a good choice for your child and family. Ask questions, be open-minded, and trust your parental instincts.



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