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Choice fair spotlights high school options (video)


CMSD will showcase a growing menu of high school options when the District holds a fair for parents on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Cleveland State University.

The fair will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at CSU’s Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave. Admission will be free, and free parking will be available in a university parking garage at East 21st Street and Prospect Avenue.

Light refreshments will be served at no charge, and students in the All-City Arts group will perform. School staff will be available to register students for the 2015-16 school year.

The evening session is for parents and caregivers of all students who will attend high school this fall but is geared largely to those with eighth-graders.

Eighth-graders will attend the fair during the school day Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Before going, they will receive a catalog with a rundown on all the District’s high schools and discuss the selection process in class.

Under The Cleveland Plan, CMSD operates as a portfolio district, providing different school models to fit varying needs. Students may enroll in the school of their choice if space is available and, in some cases, they meet admissions criteria.

CMSD’s 2015-16 school year line-up will include dramatically new designs for John Marshall High School, the Cleveland School of the Arts and Max S. Hayes High School, all of which will be in new buildings. Those will join other offerings such as Bard High School Early College Cleveland, JFK E³agle Academy, PACT (Problem-based Academy of Critical Thinking), Cleveland High School for Digital Arts, MC²STEM High School, the schools at the John Hay Campus, Ginn Academy and New Tech academies.

A renamed John Marshall Campus will house three small schools that focus, respectively, on engineering, information technology and business and civic leadership. The themes align with regional needs and create pathways to well-paying jobs, regardless of whether graduates go to college, enroll in other post-secondary education or proceed directly to careers.

Cleveland School of the Arts will return to University Circle and begin a two-year transition from a school with middle and high school grades to a four-year high school. As CSA beefs up arts and academic programs, the District will strengthen arts in K-8 schools across the city.
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With help from Wire-Net, advocates for Cleveland’s manufacturing community, Max S. Hayes will upgrade its career-technical programs to better prepare graduates for the 21st Century workforce. The school will move from its current location at 4600 Detroit Ave. to a new building near West 65th Street and Clark Avenue.
The District is revamping programs at all of its its career-technical schools under the name of The Academies of Cleveland. The other schools in the group are the Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Campus, Washington Park Environmental Science Academy and Garrett Morgan School of Science.
Parents and caregivers whose children are new to the District can register them at any CMSD school, regardless of whether it is the one the children will attend. Parents and caregivers with children already in the District can sign them up online at That portal will be active Friday.

The registration push will end March 13. A lottery will be conducted if demand for a school exceeds the number of available seats, and results will be announced March 24.