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CMSD enrollment up again

CMSD’s enrollment has risen again, a sign that public confidence in the schools continues to grow, too.

As of today, enrollment stood at 38,175, compared with 37,863 at the same point last year and 36,516 in 2015. 

The totals differ from the official state report card numbers, which are currently prorated based on how much of the year each student is enrolled. Enrollment listed on CMSD's report card grew from 37,962 in 2013-14 to 39,125 last year.
The recent increases are the first in years. Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon has hailed the trend as a sign of renewed trust in the District and the progress it is making under the reforms in The Cleveland Plan.

Enrollment at Adlai E. Stevenson School, located on Woda Avenue in the southeast corner of Cleveland, totals 450 last week and is up more than 100 in the last three years, Principal Christopher Wyland said.

According to surveys, parents have noticed improvement in the school culture, Wyland said. He said a number of families from outside the immediate neighborhood have chosen to send their children to Stevenson.

Enrollment at the Newton D. Baker School of the Arts on West 159th Street has increased from 350 in in mid-2015 to 426, Principal Wendy Rose-Geiling said.

Rose-Geiling said the A rating the state gave the school for student progress on its latest report card is a “great advertising tool.” She said families are also drawn to artists in residence who help with theater, art and music and dance programs.

As part of the shift in responsibility called for in The Cleveland Plan, schools also have been charged with marketing their programs. District schools compete with charter schools and -- because families are allowed to choose -- each other.

In the last two years, Newton D. Baker staff members have walked the neighborhood distributing fliers and invitations to the community for school events.

Marion C. Seltzer School, on West 98th Street, began the school year with 345 students and now has 385, Principal Caitlin Kilbane said. She credits outreach that was intended to improve attendance but also created a buzz about enrollment.

During the summer, Kilbane, the school’s teachers union representative, a physical education teacher and curriculum and instructional visited the homes of students who had poor attendance. They delivered ice cream and iced tea, donated by Dairymens, to build relationships.