Who We Are

In 1967, Crescent Ridge academy was founded as Northern Kentucky Montessori Center, Inc.  The school was nestled on several acres in the heart of Ft Mitchell, KY and operated under the direction of the school’s founders, Kitty and Dan Salter.  In 2004, the school moved to a new location as the Salter’s retired and Julia Preziosi took over the role of Executive Director.  During Julia’s leadership, the school expanded its facilities and offered Montessori programs for children ages 2 – 6th grade.  In 2019, the organization acquired a teacher education program to further expand programming to support prospective teachers and the local Montessori community.  With the union of these two organizations, Crescent Ridge Academy was born!

Crescent Ridge Academy offers an unparalleled Montessori experience for families and educators alike.  A hidden gem in the Northern Kentucky region, Crescent Ridge Academy is guiding the future of education, fostering a unique and inclusive learning community for students, families, and teachers.

Children are guided by degreed and certified teachers who embrace the Montessori Philosophy. CRA is the only school in Northern Kentucky to be accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS). The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services licenses the Early Childhood program, which is 5-STAR-rated by the Kentucky All Stars program.



Toddler Program (24 – 36 months)
Early Childhood (3 – 6 years / Preschool and Kindergarten)
Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd grades)
Upper Elementary (4th – 6th grades)

Our Mission

“Crescent Ridge Academy uses the Montessori method, built on an enduring anti-racist and anti-bias cultural foundation, to educate lifelong learners who are good global citizens with a strong commitment to social justice.”


“To be a community member whose culture promotes justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and whose Montessori education is accessible to all.”




Early Childhood





2625 Anderson Road, Crescent Springs, KY 41017
Phone: 859.331.3725



1967, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit


Before Care – 7:45 to 8:15
Full Day – 8:15 to 3:30
Morning Only – 8:15 to 11:15
Aftercare – 3:30 to 5:45