• Cleveland Metropolitan School District

    CMSD Students
  • Our Mission

    In our pursuit of a more fair, just and good system of education, we want each of our learners, each of our scholars and each of their educators, to be individually and collectively presented with academically/intellectually complex tasks that are worthy of their productive struggle and allow them authentic opportunities to demonstrate their work and their learning of academic content and transferable skills in a joyful and adventurous environment.


    Our Vision

    CMSD has embarked on a new Vision for Learning that is designed to be more personalized, engage students more deeply and give them more control of their learning. Examples of strategies include hands-on mini-projects that students research and present in demonstrations of learning critiqued by adult volunteers. Or Civics 2.0, in which students organize issues forums, blog and participate in other activities that allow them not to just learn civics but live civics.

  • Eric S. Gordon
    Chief Executive Officer

    Board of Education

    • Anne E. Bingham, Board Chair
    • Robert M. Heard Sr., Board Vice Chair
    • Louise P. Dempsey, Esq.
    • Sara Elaqad, J.D.
    • Denise W. Link
    • Nigamanth Sridhar, Ph.D.
    • Lisa Thomas, Ph.D.
    • Kathleen C. Valdez, Esq.

    Ex Officio Members

    • Dr. Alex Johnson
    • Dr. Laura Bloomberg
  • The Vision comprises four elements:

    • Competency-based Education, which focuses on mastery of standards
    • Schools without Walls, flexible use of time, place, technology and talent for anywhere, anytime learning
    • Whole Human Learning, incorporating student and educator social, emotional and cultural wellness
    • Personalized Learner Pathways, equitable, student-centered career development


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    The Cleveland Plan

    Since 2012, CMSD has operated under The Cleveland Plan, a customized blueprint for education reform in the city. The Plan, which was developed by the community and written into state law, applies to both District and charter schools and is intended to ensure that every student receives a quality education, regardless of the provider. 

    The Plan is designed to give every neighborhood access to quality schools; shift authority to individual schools; invest in innovative, equitable best practices; ensure accountability through the Cleveland Transformation Alliance; and embed organizational and educational principles that are replicable and measurable for all public District and charter schools.

    CMSD’s portfolio strategy is based on the belief that “Families Choose, Schools Educate and the District Supports.” An important element of the strategy is the ability of students and families to choose their schools. The District offers a variety of school options so students and families can find the one that best fits their needs. To enroll, go to ChooseCMSD.org or talk to an enrollment specialist at 216-838-3675.



    CMSD has partnered with philanthropy, nonprofit workforce development organization and employers to launch the Planning and Career Exploration, or PACE, curriculum. PACE will begin with career awareness and exploration at an early age, then provide guidance and workplace experiences to every student develop a pathway to living-wage, in-demand jobs. Learn more at ClevelandMetroSchools.org/PACE.


    Say Yes to Education

    CMSD and the community started Say Yes to Education Cleveland in 2019 for those students who choose to go on to postsecondary education after graduating from high school. Say Yes provides scholarships that pay up to the full value of tuition, minus federal and state aid, to all public colleges, universities and Pell-eligible training programs in Ohio and more than 100 private colleges and universities across the country. To qualify, students must be continuously enrolled in a District or eligible charter high school and live in the city of Cleveland or District from ninth grade until graduation. Say Yes also organizes school-based support services that help students and families overcome barriers to graduation. Learn more at SayYesCleveland.org.


    Fast Facts about CMSD

    Enrollment: 35,696

    • 62 PreK-8 Schools
    • 31 High Schools
    • 2-K-8 Schools
    • 1 PreK-6
    • 2 Remote School Options (K-8, 9-12)
    • 1 Online School (K-12)


    • 63.9% Black or African-American
    • 17.2% Hispanic
    • 14.5% White
    • 4.4% Other


    • 51.4% Male
    • 48.6% Female

    Student Characteristics

    • 21.2% Special Education
    • 13.1% Limited English Proficient
    • 100.0% Economically Disadvantaged
    • 4.2% Homeless
    • 12.1% District Mobility Rate


    Fast Facts about the City of Cleveland

    School Aged-Children: 67,109

    • 53 Charter Schools
    • 36 Non-Public Schools
    • 98 CMSD Schools (3 online options)

    Economic Characteristics

    • 46.1 % Children Age 18 and under live in poverty
    • 48.7 % Children Age 5 and under live in poverty


    • 48.7 % Black or African-American
    • 12.7 % Hispanic
    • 32.2 % White
    • 6.4%Other


    • 48.1 % Male
    • 51.9% Female


    • 18.0 % Less than High School
    • 31.9 % High School Diploma or Equivalent
    • 23.5 % Some College / No Degree
    • 8.0 % Associate Degree
    • 11.3 % Bachelor’s Degree
    • 7.3 % Graduate or Professional Degree

    Sources: 2019 American Community Survey, Ohio Department of Education, CMSD Student Information System, and CMSD Charter Schools Office