Cleveland Metropolitan School District students come in all ages, shapes, sizes, backgrounds and ethnicities.
District students are expected to be successful in rigorous instructional programs and can participate in a variety of extracurricular activities ranging from student government activities to sports.
The District's promotion policy requires students, teachers and parents/ guardians to closely monitor progress and work together on plans to help if a student is at risk of being retained.
Students are required to accomplish various skills, pass all required state tests and maintain a minimum grade point average in English language arts, arts, math, science and social studies.
Retention is a “last resort.” Students may be retained once in any grade and not more than twice before entering high school. View the District Promotion Policy.
Say Yes Cleveland
Steps to follow
For more information, go to sayyescleveland.org or call 216.454.5400.
- Talk to your Counselor/College Now Advisor
- Complete a FAFSA Application
- Research and Apply to College*
- Fill out the Say Yes Scholarship Application Form
Starting this year, students must live in the District or the city of Cleveland and be enrolled continuously in a CMSD high school from ninth grade until graduation to be eligible for the Say Yes to Education scholarships.
Naviance Student is a fully integrated solution designed to help raise student accountability and performance across a number of key indicators leading to increased engagement, improvements in academic performance and overall workplace and college readiness.
Cleveland Goes To College (CGTC)
In true nature of transformation, the Cleveland Goes to College initiative was developed to foster a shift in our community’s culture so that “college going” is an expectation of all students and families. See Curriculum & Instruction
Tri-C College Ready Academy
The College Ready Academy at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) is a partnership between Tri-C and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) designed to increase the number of CMSD students who graduate from high school prepared for college-level coursework.
Update on Student Work Permits
Due to the State-wide school closure, the Office of Student Hearings and Appeals is temporarily closed.
Student Work Permits will only be processed via email at this time. To process a Work Permit, email a copy (scan or photos) of your completed work permit application and government-issued identification to Robyn.Ballew@clevelandmetroschools.org
Ms. Ballew is also available via email to answer questions about the Work Permit Process, provide copies of the application, or provide any other support as needed.
There will be no Expulsion Hearings or Suspension Appeal Hearings during this time. Hearings will be rescheduled upon classes resuming.
Find fun activities on our Learning Opportunities webpage.
Continue your career exploration and post-high school career search through SWAG. Take time to review introductions to local employers, educational partners, and key career pathways at the employer engagement resource site. Live upcoming opportunities will also continue to be updated here if they come available. Still not sure about which career path is right for you? Take advantage of these career exploration resources.
If you are looking for a job with a local employer who is actively seeking CMSD graduates, visit the job and career opportunities site. Check back often as new opportunities will be added as they become available.
College Now Greater Cleveland will be available to help with career advising, Say Yes applications, college applications and financial aid all summer. Specific sites, times, and availability will be updated as these locations are finalized. Check their Summer Events Calendar for college access workshops, financial aid sessions, and more.
The Ohio Means Jobs Youth Resource Center available to help 18-24 year olds research, apply for, and secure career oriented employment. The YRC is located at 1910 Carnegie Avenue, Garden Level, Cleveland, OH 44115 and part of the summer programing opportunities.
- Student Code of Conduct Handbook
- Office of Student Assignments
- Accelerated Reader Book Finder
- Renaissance Learning Place
- District Tests
- Early Childhood
- Interscholastic Athletics
- Multilingual Programs
- Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- Health Services
What Should Schools Be?Student SurveyA group of students from Cleveland School of Arts have been tasked by CEO Eric Gordon to re-envision how school could look and function in the future. In order to gather insight from students all over the district, they have created a survey for peers in other schools.Here is a link to a short 45-second video that introduces what the survey intends to do.