The three previous openings of the school year were:
- The District's four year-round high schools were the first to begin, on July 28.
- Two high schools at the John Hay Campus opened Aug. 11
- Most of CMSD's 100 schools got under way Aug. 13
Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said the earlier start to school will provide more instructional time before state assessments begin in October and create a more natural flow to the school year, for example, by ending the second grading period at the start of winter break.
This is the second full year that CMSD will operate under The Cleveland Plan, a sweeping state-approved blueprint for reform.
At Campus International, Principal Julie Beers and staff welcomed students at two sites on the Cleveland State University campus.
“It was hard for me to be in two places at once, but we’re also proud that we’re growing and we love our new space, because it’s also our old space,” Beers said just prior to a mid-morning welcome session with fifth- and sixth-graders in renovated former church space at E. 30th Street and Euclid Avenue.
The church building housed the school at its inception in 2010.
Now first- through fourth-graders study at the CSU Cole Center at East 30th and Chester Avenue, known as the North Campus.
Beers and her staff assured inquisitive fifth- and sixth-graders that they would still be connected to their younger counterparts. The principal and staff also reviewed what the International Baccalaureate refers to as “learner profiles” that guide behavior and the general tone of the school.
The school, which was recently accredited as the first International Baccalaureate school in Cleveland, is at capacity of about 490 students. Campus International filled its seats by lottery and has a waiting list.
Campus International will add a grade per year until it includes high school. CMSD, Cleveland State and school supporters are studying ways to accommodate future growth.