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    "Supporting Diverse Learners Achieve Academic Excellence!"


    The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) offers free language assistance for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students and parents with respect to school programs and activities. Families who are limited in speaking, reading, writing or comprehending English are eligible for assistance. We also serve families in the following ways:

    • Provide enrollment and language assessments for students whose first language is not English
    • Family and student support services in several languages
    • Parent orientation services in different languages for District services and second language services
    • Parental engagement events and workshop
    • Resources and community referrals wraparound services
    • Student and family advocacy
    • Translation and interpretation services
    • Provide assistance with home and school connections, and facilitates communication and school options/choices
    • Provide assistance with families and students in crisis
    • Connect with families and students to community agencies to assist with meeting basic needs such as afterschool children programs, tutoring, ESL classes, GED classes, employment and training



    The Cleveland Metropolitan School District, with over 36,563 students in Kindergarten through grade 12, has the second largest enrollment of any school district in Ohio.  District Students Subgroups Ethnicity: African American=23,201 Hispanic=6,330, American Indian: 63, Asian/Pacific Islander=496, Caucasian=5,365 Multiracial=928

    The district currently services approximately 3,917 English Learners (ELL) and former EL’s which are monitored for four consecutive years in grades K-12.  The EL student population breakdown of native languages provided services be as follows:  Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, Nepali, Somali, Kirundi, Maymay, Persian and Pushto/Pashto.  The Spanish speaking English Language Learners population represents 67% of the total EL population.  The 13% of EL pupils are immigrant students and the 27% as refugee’s students. 56% of EL pupils are US citizens.

    The school district has recognized the unique linguistic, cultural and academic needs of the EL student population and has implemented supportive programs to meet their needs since 1976.  The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is committed to interventions that provide first and second language supportive services allowing students to achieve within the District’s curriculum which follows the state’s competency-based educational models.



    Our Mission...

    The Multilingual Multicultural Education Department’s mission is to promote bilingualism, biliteracy, and cultural competencies by offering a wide range of language learning opportunities to prepare our K - 12 students to succeed in today’s diverse world. We believe that students who learn another language reach higher academic performance, display greater cognitive benefits, and develop a more positive attitude toward the target language and the speakers of that language. Through the teaching and learning of world languages our scholars, become empowered and able make real world connections as global citizens.



    Multilingual Multicultural Education Welcome Center

    3145 West 46th Street
    Cleveland, Ohio 44102
    Multilingual Welcome Center: 216-838-0140
    Administrative Office: 216-838-6972

    Our Leadership

    Yolanda Berrios
    Executive Director, Multilingual Multicultural Education Department


    The Multilingual Multicultural Education Department of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District strives to provide guidance to schools as it pertains to state and federal guidance in order to provide quality educational services to second language learners.