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CMSD holds high school choice, college readiness fair


CMSD's eighth-graders will come home next week with a catalog that will help them choose a high school for the 2014-15 school year.

The catalog will prepare the students and their families for a high school choice and college readiness fair that CMSD will hold Thursday, Jan. 30 at Cleveland State University.

For those thinking beyond high school, the fair also will include representatives from 23 colleges and universities. Parents, guardians and students can speak with the representatives and register for eight college bus tours organized by CMSD's Parent University.

Students may enroll in the high school of their choice, provided that space is available. And if they live more than a half-mile from school, CMSD helps by paying for transportation through the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

But which school is the best fit for a student’s individual interests and skills? Which school will best prepare them for college or career?

Neighborhood schools present unique offerings. For example, East Tech is launching an agriculture-business program in 2014-15. At Collinwood, John Adams, East Tech and Lincoln-West, outside agencies are coordinating community “wraparound” services that are tailored to the students’ needs and designed to help them succeed.


At the same time, the District offers long list of innovative options. New in 2014-15 will be two small schools planned for the John F. Kennedy Campus, Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts and Bard High School Early College Cleveland, which will be affiliated with Bard College of New York and allow students to earn both a diploma and associate degree.

The three small schools at the John Hay Campus – the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, Cleveland School of Architecture and Design and Cleveland High School Early College – are possibilities for students who meet their admission requirements. Students who attend the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine can observe surgery at the Cleveland Clinic or University Hospitals or conduct research with students from Case Western Reserve University.

The list rolls on: project-based New Tech Academies; all-boys Ginn Academy, Garrett Morgan School of Science and   MC2STEM High School, which specializes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and has locations at the Great Lakes Science Center, GE Lighting’s complex at Nela Park and Cleveland State University.

Other “early college” options include High Tech Academy, STEM-centered Design Lab Early College and the College Board Academy at Collinwood High School.


A culinary-arts program is among the offerings at the Jane Addams Business Careers Center, and students who attend Washington Park Environmental Studies can study animal or plant science. The Martin Luther King Jr. Campus has academies that specialize in health careers and law and municipal careers.

The Whitney M. Young Leadership Academy has a program for gifted students. Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy helps students from other countries adjust to life in America. Facing History New Tech High School combines a project-based approach with study of racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism.

The creative Cleveland School of the Arts and John Marshall High School are a year away from moving into new buildings. So is Max S. Hayes High School, where the business group WIRE-Net is helping to develop state-of-the-art career and technical programs.


The fair will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave. E. Enrollment specialists will be available. Families of K-8 students also may attend and get information on their options.


Early enrollment in CMSD schools will be conducted during February. After Feb. 1, parents and caregivers can call 216-838-ENRL (3675) to speak to an enrollment specialist.


The Parent University campus bus tours will begin Feb. 20 and end April 17. Separate trips will be made to Bowling Green, Wright State, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Ohio State's Mansfield Campus, Washington & Jefferson, Ohio University and Cincinnati.