Who We Are
Inspiring Individuals, Building Communities:
Our ambitious academic program exceeds Ohio Department of Education Academic Content Standards and our Montessori Method provides gentle instruction along the way to ensure our students are confidently ready for kindergarten.
As the very first Young Explorers school, we've been proud to serve Aurora families since 2002. Our Aurora school opened in a beautiful little century home with 12 students and six staff members. Historically, the home was to the famous painter Archibald Willard, who painted "The Spirit of '76." A year after opening, we added an addition that tripled the size of the school and included an indoor gym.
The Aurora location is a private campus nestled amongst the trees. Our school offers easy access to main routes for parents commuting to work, as well as a private parking lot
The Aurora Leadership Team
We love learning. We love the freedom to think big, work together, and take risks.
I attended Hiram College and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I was a classroom teacher for 13 years before becoming a Director. The thing I love the most about Young Explorers is the family feel that our school provides. I love watching the children grow. From taking their first steps in the infant room to one day watching them get off the bus from their first day of Kindergarten. I love singing, playing board games, and watching movies with my family.
I received my Montessori Infant and Toddler degree from Columbus Montessori Education Center. I love working at Young Explorers! It is my home away from home and the people who work here are like family to me. I taught in a toddler room here at Young Explorers and fell in love with the atmosphere. I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter Nora.
Inside Our Aurora Location
When you enter our Aurora school, you'll feel a sense of warmth and welcome thanks to the cozy features of the original century home. It doesn’t feel like you're walking into a school - instead, you're walking into a home full of family and warm smiles.
Our classrooms are designed with comfort and proper development in mind. Our nursery features warm lighting and a quiet crib area for naps. Toddler classrooms offer child-size furnishings, a door leading directly to the playground, and cozy window seats with built-in bookcases. The preschool classrooms have en-suite restrooms, built-in window seats and bookcases.
Our Aurora location has two levels, with the lower-level designed for school age students. A fun twisty slide is available for students (and adults as well) to take down to the lower level.
The home's original kitchen was transformed into a commercial kitchen to prepare healthy meals for the children. Our students love the special homemade snacks made in our kitchen every week.
We follow all ODJFS guidelines. Aurora is also NAEYC-accredited and we're proud to be the only school in Aurora to currently hold his honor.
Our Exterior Spaces
Our Aurora school has two outdoor areas: one for older children and one for younger children. Younger and older areas are separated by a fence that defines the space but still allows siblings to visit each other and get a hug each day.
Both outdoor areas feature a grassy area for the children to play and do activities.
Safety & Security
Our Aurora Montessori Programs
Aurora Infant Daycare
Aurora Toddler Care
Ages 2 1/2 - 5
Aurora Summer Camp
See what parents and children are saying about Young Explorers!
I was nervous to start Logan, because he’s so sensitive and quite clingy, and I was a little anxious at how he would react to his new environment. No matter my worries or concerns, I have loved how everyone is so kind and patient with Logan and calms my anxiety. Even in the first few weeks, I can see some of his learning expanding already.
– Rachel and Sean Pall
Son Logan, 2 years old
They are so unbelievably caring; they set expectations for the children that the children strive to reach. Audrey has blossomed over the past 4 years that she has been at your center. We are forever grateful for the assistance in building Audrey’s foundation, they had such a positive influence on us all. Audrey was thrilled to go to school every day, not one day did she ever say I do not want to go.
– Vicki Anderson G.
Daughter Audrey, 5 years old
First of all the facility and curriculum is top notch. The facility was very well designed and decorated. It is bright, cheery, and clean. My two-year old especially loves music class and is always singing new songs at home. Both my boys learned so much at an early age. Before they even start preschool they know their shapes, colors, alphabet, counting (Spanish and English). I’m very impressed by what the teachers are able to do!
– Morgan J.
Sons Lucas (5) and Ryan (2)
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Aurora Local Information
Aurora is a wonderful suburb for families commuting to either Cleveland or Akron. Families love our beautiful park system with outdoor recreation opportunities, including Sunny Lake Park, and Moebius Nature Center. Premium shopping is nearby at Aurora Outlets.
Whatever your child is interested in, Aurora has an option! There is a high variety of recreation sports available, such as Aurora Baseball League, and the Aurora School of Music offers world-class music teachers and performances.
Family-friendly community traditions and festivals abound in Aurora, including tree lighting, the July 4th parade, and the Fall Festival.
Aurora city schools are consistently a top rated school system in the state of Ohio.
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