Citywide Education Progress Reports

CLEVELAND: New School Designs Prepare Students for High-Wage Employment

CMSD leaders have built a promising school design process that combines design principles, data on enrollment and neighborhood needs, and community engagement to develop K–12 school models that align with regional economic demands and community business assets.

School design teams are made up of local businesses and families, and have community asset maps developed by the district and regional economic trends commissioned by a local funder. As a result of this work, two IT and tech-focused school models have opened on the west side of the city, where the city’s manufacturing companies and tech firms are concentrated (in addition to two on the Eastside). Additionally, just this year, CMSD opened an Aerospace and Maritime High School and another high school with a life science focus through partnership with Cleveland Metropark Zoo.

These models prepare students for high-growth, high-wage employment opportunities in the Cleveland area. CMSD is now using this process to engage the communities around several K–8 school redesigns.

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The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell developing systemwide solutions for K–12 public education. Questions? Email