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Gund gives $950,000 to CMSD schools

The George Gund Foundation has awarded $950,000 to support new and innovative CMSD schools.

The foundation approved $780,000 for three small high schools that will make up the new John Marshall Campus, as well as the Cleveland High School for Digital Arts and the Cleveland School of the Arts.

The John Marshall School of Engineering, John Marshall School of Information Technology and John Marshall School of Civic and Business Leadership are geared to needs in the regional workforce and will provide smaller, personalized learning environments.

Each school will open with the ninth and 10th grades. Juniors and seniors who attended John Marshall High School will remain on the West 140th Street campus until they graduate.

The Cleveland High School for Digital Arts was developed in partnership with the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, formerly Young Audiences. The year-round school, which opened downtown last year, integrates core subjects with game design, digital filmmaking and recording arts technology.

The Cleveland School of the Arts will move next month to a new building in University Circle. CSA is revamping its academic curriculum while beginning a transition from a school for grades six through 12 to a four-year high school.

Gund also approved $170,000 for Bard High School Early College Cleveland.

Bard, which also opened last year, allows students to seamlessly earn both a high school diploma and associate of arts degree – tuition free – in four years. The school is one of four in the country operated in partnership with Bard College of New York. A fifth school is to open next month in Baltimore.

Gund also gave $400,000 to charter school operators who work closely with CMSD. The foundation approved $300,000 for Friends of Breakthrough Schools and $100,000 for the new Stonebrook Montessori School.

Gund approved $300,000 for PRE4CLE, a partnership between CMSD and private providers that is expanding access to high-quality preschool. Another $137,500 went to the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, which promotes school choice and holds the District and charters accountable for carrying out Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools.