Internationally focused school to serve as a school of choice for Cleveland students and training ground for CSU education students
Today, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Cleveland State University announced a collaborative project to launch an on-campus kindergarten-through-12th grade school with a curriculum that is globally recognized for culture, innovation and high standards.
The school, Campus International School, is one of five ‘new and innovative schools’ outlined in the District’s Academic Transformation Plan. Campus International School will incorporate programs from the International Baccalaureate – a Swiss-based, education program renowned for its academic rigor and international curriculum, such as Chinese language classes.
Beginning this fall, the school will accept 120 students in kindergarten, first and second grades with plans to extend classes to the 12th grade by 2015. It will be housed in the First United Methodist Church at the corner of East 30th and Euclid Avenue.
Initially, there will be two classes in each grade consisting of 20 students. The school’s regional draw provides enrollment opportunities for CMSD students, the children of CSU employees and students and students throughout Cuyahoga County. A lottery will determine enrollment if demand exceeds availability.
Campus International School provides yet another educational choice and a university setting for its students. “This school will provide a unique educational experience that is currently unavailable throughout most of the region, and without the burden of tuition,” said Cleveland Schools CEO Dr. Eugene Sanders. “This will set a new urban standard in education, while allowing us to attract some of the best teachers available.”
Campus International School will provide a unique learning environment not just for the school’s young students but also for CSU education students, who will have immediate access to a teaching environment. Similar to a teaching hospital, University students will use the campus school as a hands-on training facility to enhance their classroom experience.
“This is truly a distinctive project on many fronts,” said CSU President Ronald Berkman. “This will provide the city with a unique, high-end education at no additional cost to the parents. But it will also provide the University with a venue to produce new, best-in-class teachers of the future.”
For Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, the project is a step toward reversing the flow of urban sprawl and drawing new families back into the city.
“For the City of Cleveland, the school represents a viable new option for younger families who want to live downtown,” Jackson said. “The first step of redeveloping any urban core begins with education, and this project sends a clear message that we are committed to bettering the community with students who will compete globally.”
Parents interested in enrolling their children can contact the CMSD Student Assignments Office at 216.523.6347, or visit www.csuohio.edu/k-12 for more information.
The International Baccalaureate offers programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools that develop intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills for students to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The program serves 800,000 students at 2,800 schools worldwide.
Contact the Campus International School at 216.431.2225 for additional information.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District envisions 21st Century Schools of Choice where students will be challenged with a rigorous curriculum that considers the individual learning styles, program preferences and academic capabilities of each student, while utilizing the highest quality professional educators, administrators and support staff available.
Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 16,000 students, 8 colleges and more than 250 academic programs, CSU provides a hands-on learning environment that connects students, ideas and real-world experience.
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