The five career-technical high schools – Max S. Hayes, Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Washington Park Environmental Science Academy, Martin Luther King Jr. Campus and Garrett Morgan School of Science – will sharpen their academics and career programs to better prepare students for the modern workplace. The schools are now known collectively as The Academies of Cleveland.
Other grants went to groups that work with the District. Those awards include:
• $500,000 for Teach for America to recruit and train teachers and involve TFA alumni in Cleveland school reform. Teach for America enlists educators from other fields or areas of study. Thirty-five TFA graduates are in their first year with the District and 18 are in their second year.
• $335,000 to help Esperanza Inc. increase graduation rates and academic achievement. CMSD and Esperanza have worked together to increase Hispanic students’ four-year graduation rate from 52.2 percent in 2012-13 to 60.9 percent in 2013-14.
• $250,000 that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland will use, in part, to support a full-time club that was started at Walton School in September. Walton has set aside classrooms that the club uses for academic tutoring, an arts room and a game room. A full-time club opened last school year at CMSD’s Franklin D. Roosevelt School.
The grants were among $15.6 million in quarterly awards that the Cleveland Foundation announced in December.