3 new high schools!

Three (3) new schools are being proposed by Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and the academic planning committee to open Fall 2015 at the new LEED-certified John Marshall High School:

  • School of Information Technology,
  • School of Business and Civic Leadership, and
  • School of Engineering.

(Call 216-838-ENRL to enroll or transfer to the 9th-12th grades at the new John Marshall Campus.)

A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 6:00pm at Carl F. Shuler at 13201 Terminal Ave. to discuss both construction and academic design updates. Meet the 4 new principals here.

The John Marshall mascot is the Lawyer, based on Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  The mascot is shown getting into the Halloween spirit for a JMH festival for elementary students put on by the senior class.

The John Marshall mascot is the Lawyer, based on 4th Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. The mascot is shown getting into the Halloween spirit for a JMH festival for elementary students put on by the senior class.

All 3 schools will prepare students for a 21st Century economy and job market that includes careers that require some post-secondary education at least, even if it is not a 4 year degree or more.  John Marshall graduates will be prepared for apprenticeships, certificate programs, associate degree programs, and more rigorous college careers at each school.  All 3 schools will have honors classes and allow students to take college credits at nearby colleges with Post-Secondary Education Opportunities (PSEOP) in addition to Advanced Placement (AP) classes, as JMH currently does, housed at Carl F. Shuler as a temporary space on Terminal Ave. as JMH is being built on W. 140th at the site of the former building.

The themes of each school were selected both by the interests and culture of neighborhood students and the needs and growth opportunities in our local economy in good-pay careers, as determined by the academic planning committee.  Each school will provide both support for specialized interests and the firm foundation for whatever careers our youth choose.  For instance:

The School of Information Technology will prepare students for careers from technology sales, installation and repair, automotive, warehouse logistics, electronic medical record management, and journalism to graphic and industrial design, GPS mapping, library science, video game design and other computer software and hardware creation.

The School of Business and Civic Leadership will prepare all citizens to be stakeholders as adult members in our society and may be of special interest to students interested in business administration, sales, and management in addition to entrepreneurs, professional services like surveying, landscape, law, construction and allied trades, and accounting.  This school also takes advantage of the history of civic service John Marshall High School alumni and West Park residents have given through police/fire/EMS careers, public administration, public utilities, teaching, legislating, social work, nonprofit leadership, community development, labor organizing, and other activism.

The School of Engineering graduates may pursue careers that include fields such as: machining and technology service/repairs/installation, construction, architecture, manufacturing, computers, biotech, aerospace, industrial design and more.

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There will be open enrollment and local students admission will be weighted so that JMH can be a neighborhood high school option, not just a thematic magnet school without priority for students in proximity to the school building.  That means there will not be any entrance requirement to be a student at the new school.

The student body will return to a 9-12 model, eliminating the 9th grade academy now currently housed at Nathaniel Hawthorne.

More details on the new schools in this CMSD press release.

BPDC advocated for students who live in West Park to be given preference for admission and for the school to be inclusive of all of our neighborhood youth no matter their learning needs, career goals, or post-secondary plans.  We also championed the committee’s recommendation to CMSD to have all three schools adopt financial literacy and Facing History curriculum to teach about history and current events in an engaging and socially/culturally relevant way that empowers youth to take an active role in their community and to analyze societal issues.  Another vision of BPDC’s was adopted as a guiding principle of design, which is community partnerships and community use of the building.  (More about guiding principles here.)

We also advocated for youth to be represented on the academic planning committee and Kevin Gramajo at JMH carried the youth representation on the committee.  BPDC was represented on the committee by Ian Heisey, primarily, and Bryan Gillooly.  Participation in the academic advisory committee besides Cleveland Metropolitan School officials included representation by parents (Carol Doss & Heather Forsythe), teachers, the Gund Foundation, local business (PPG), John Marshall alumni (Ken Tishler of the JMH Alumni Association), other area educators (Chuck Debelak of Birchwood School) and concerned citizens (Jim Pelikan), as well as input by Councilmen Keane and Sweeney.  BPDC will also participate in one of the academic design teams to prepare these schools to have curriculum, administration, faculty, staff, and culture set by the opening of the school year.

These 3 schools add to the other excellent choices for college prep offered in West Park high school offerings by St. Joseph Academy and CMSD’s Bard High School Early College.

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