Cleveland Early College High School
School History, Demographics and Accreditation:
Cleveland Early College High School, founded in 2002, is located on the John Hay Academic Campus. The school is in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and is designed as the premier high school which attracts college-bound, high-achieving students from across Cuyahoga County.
School Mission and Educational Philosophy
Cleveland Early College High School is an academically rigorous, collaborative, nurturing, and globally minded learning institution that empowers scholars to take ownership of their learning experience, achieve at optimal levels and experience continued success in post-secondary education and beyond.
At Cleveland Early College High School, students learn in a high-achieving, rigorous college preparatory environment. Students are immersed in relevant and meaningful interdisciplinary learning experiences that foster 21st century skills that are sought after by businesses and universities alike. The curriculum at CECHS is enriched by a multitude of learning opportunities. Students may participate in post-secondary coursework concurrently with their high school classes through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program, High-Tech Academy, KAP classes through Kenyon College and the dual credit math class offered on campus through Kent State University. CECHS has earned an Excellent rating on the state report card and been named a School of Promise for 13 consecutive years. We were named a Needle in a Haystack School by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and have finished in the top three high schools in the state on the Ohio Graduation Test in 2012. In 2012, CECHS earned the highest Performance Index Score in the state on the Ohio Graduation Test.
Cleveland Early College High School - Grow. Thrive. Excel.
Our 8 Core Values:
Highlighted Academic Offerings
- AP Chemistry, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Art History
- Honors French
- Honors African American History
- Honors Visual Art
- Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program
- High-Tech Academy
- College study treated not as an option, but as an expectation for students, regardless of family income, status, ethnicity, or religion.
- Curriculum rooted in 21st century skills: lessons in critical/analytical thinking, communication and problem-solving techniques.
- Criteria-based admission policy requires a 3.5 or higher grade point average and proficiency in reading and math on state standardized assessments.
- Freshmen Residency Program – Freshman students have the opportunity to start school earlier than their peers in order to receive pertinent instruction and academic support prior to starting the school year.
Student Engagement and Activities
ACT/SAT Prep and General Academic Assistance
W.A.V.E. Peer Mediation
Mock Trial—CMSD and state-level teams
Case Connection Zone
Track (Indoor, Outdoor)
Tucker, Ellis, and West - 3R's program
Northeast Ohio Medical Health Professions Affinity Community
Cleveland Bar Association
Kent State University
Cleveland State University
Cuyahoga Community College
CollegeNow of Greater Cleveland
Jupiter Grades Online Grading and Communication Software
Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)
Back to School Night
Family Engagement Sessions
School Parent Organization
Academic and Grade Level Nights
College Readiness Nights
Parent Workshops/Informative Sessions
Dean of Engagement and Student Support
Family Support Specialist
Student Resources and Services
Student Support Teams
Family Support Specialist
Bellefaire JCB Counseling Services
Each student is equipped with a school administered laptop and each classroom is equipped with a CleverTouch system. In the Beta Room, a large, state-of-the-art Cisco telepresence unit permits students to participate in teleconnected learning opportunities. Students can also learn through state-of-the-art, zero lag time teleconferencing software. Additionally, the school has been mapped for the metaverse, which allows students to participate in learning simulations. Students have access to both Mac and PC products, a student work center with computers and color printers, and a project room.
Cleveland Early College High School is an extremely safe environment in which students learn and thrive. A zero-tolerance policy maintains an environment that is conducive to learning. Dress code is required for all students attending CECHS. The school maintains safety and evacuation plans as well.
CECHS has maintained a 100% graduation rate for 13 consecutive years.
CECHS has earned an A on the State Report Card
CECHS has maintained a 100% college acceptance rate for 13 consecutive years.
CECHS has been named a School of Promise for 13 consecutive years.
CECHS has earned an Excellent rating on the state report card for 13 consecutive years.
CECHS earned the highest Performance Index score among high schools in the state of Ohio on the 2012 Ohio Graduation Test and has earned the third highest score in the state in both 2013 and 2014.
CECHS has been a recipient of several grants to promote teleconnected STEAM education. CECHS is piloting a program in zero lag time STEAM education in conjunction with a grant from the National Science Foundation.
CECHS piloted the Ohio Connected Health Project in conjunction with Governor Kasich’s Office, Ohio Department of Education, Cisco Systems, OneCommunity, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, CMSD and Akron Public Schools.
CECHS was named a Needle in a Haystack School by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
CECHS was featured in Exam Schools by Chester Finn.
CECHS has alumni attending prestigious colleges and universities such as Amherst College, Emory University, Oberlin College, West Point Military Academy, Case Western Reserve University, American University, Howard University, Barnard College, The Ohio State University, Berea College and New York University.
CECHS has alumni attending prestigious universities abroad, such as New York University Shanghai, China.
CECHS celebrates Mock Trial Champions, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2016