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
Plan, a sweeping state-approved blueprint for
At Campus International, Principal Julie Beers and
staff welcomed students at two sites on the Cleveland State
“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
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.