• About CMSD

    About CMSD

    The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is Ohio's third-largest public school system, serving more than 36,000 students.

    Under The Cleveland Plan, a groundbreaking reform plan created by the community and written into state law, CMSD strives to ensure that every child receives a high-quality education, regardless of the provider. To that end, CMSD lets families choose which District schools their children attend, with options that include STEM, the arts, single-gender education, International Baccalaureate, Montessori, and early college.

    The innovative Cleveland Plan provides much-needed flexibility and autonomy for the District and its schools. Our schools have autonomy over human and financial resources in exchange for accountability for performance. The principal has primary responsibility and accountability for establishing their school as a high-quality, high-expectation academic center focusing on personalized instruction, professional support for teachers, and school-wide practices that lead to measurable results.

    CMSD also ensures students have technology and training to prepare them for the future. The District provides a free laptop or tablet for every student and connects every family that needs internet access. Graduating seniors leave commencement with not only a diploma but also a laptop.

    In our pursuit of a more fair, just, and good system of education, we want each of our learners, both 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.





  • The Cleveland Plan
  • Choose Your School
  • Fast Facts about the District
  • Say Yes to Education
  • PACE
  • We have identified our core values, strategic priorities, and set ambitious goals for which we intend to be held accountable. We have much work ahead of us.

     Together, we will accomplish great things!

    Strategic Priorities