Near West Intergenerational School

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3805 Terrett Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113-3286 | Get Directions
Grades: K-8
School Type: Public Charter
Operated By: The Intergenerational Schools
Sponsored by: CMSD
Principal: Molly Toussant
Principal Email: mtoussant@nearwestschool.org
Phone: 216-961-4308
Hours of Operation: 8:00 - 3:00

School Provided Information

Near West Intergenerational School (NWIS) was founded in 2010 by neighborhood families and residents who were interested in replicating the success of the founding Intergenerational School. The school has since grown to an enrollment of 240 students in grades K-8 and is located in the Kentucky Elementary School building.

In 2017, Near West Intergenerational School along with The Intergenerational School and Lakeshore Intergenerational School formed a new network of high performing schools serving the children of Cleveland and surrounding suburbs

School Mission: Near West Intergenerational School connects, creates and guides a multigenerational community of lifelong learners and spirited citizens.

Our School Values: Personal integrity, work ethic, choice and accountability, celebration of diversity, interpersonal skills, shared and responsible use of resources, and honoring the interconnected web of life and time.

The NWIS mission is the center for all that takes places within our school.

Within our school environment, NWIS wishes to create a true community of individuals that transcends traditional age barriers. This community is organized around the central activity of learning. The community includes children, faculty and staff, family members, community volunteers, and collaborating community organizations.

NWIS welcomes learners of all ages to participate together in the learning life of the school. Our students learn in multi-age classrooms, where older students serve as role models and can assist younger students. Younger students can see what their own learning can and will become. The full life span is represented at NWIS well beyond the traditional elementary school community of students, staff, and parents. NWIS brings together learners and teachers of all ages.

NWIS strives to develop in its students the inclination for lifelong learning and the tools to be an effective lifelong learner as well has helping our students and community members find joyfulness in their learning.  It is our greatest expectation that our students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and habits to be effective and empowered members of their community.

Students learn by participating in a student-centered, experiential learning environment. NWIS provides rich and holistic learning experiences so that students can know themselves as learners and can make effective decisions about their own learning. NWIS adopts a process-oriented approach to learning, but balances that with the goal to develop in students certain specific skills that are needed for educational and life success

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What Sets Us Apart 

The educational philosophy of the school is grounded in two main beliefs:

  • Learning is a life-long developmental process
  • Knowledge is socially constructed in the context of culture, experience, and community

NWIS believes that all individuals are capable learners. Each individual brings a unique blend of talent, interest, experience, and cultural heritage to the learning situation. Learning takes place best in an environment where such differences are valued and respected. Individuals in such an environment work together to investigate topics and questions that are personally meaningful and important.

NWIS does not look or feel like a traditional elementary school, it is unique and innovative.  Instead of learning in traditional graded classrooms, NWIS classrooms are organized by developmental learning levels. As a non-graded, developmental school, benchmarks are based on academic developmental stages that have only approximate correspondence to age/grade.

The stages used are:

  • Primary Cluster (Ohio’s K-2 curriculum is taught)
  • Developing Stage: (Ohio’s 3-4 curriculum is taught)
  • Refining Stage: (Ohio’s 5-6 curriculum is taught)
  • Applying Stage: (Ohio’s 7-8 curriculum is taught)

Within our classrooms you will find:

  1. Non-graded, multi-age groupings
  2. Individualized learning and instruction
  3. Mentoring/apprenticeship model
  4. Real-world experiential learning/ Interdisciplinary approach/ Inquiry-generated and project- based learning
  5. Collaborative curriculum planning
  6. Authentic and normative assessment

Highlight Academic Offerings

  • Small class sizes
  • Looping with teacher between 2-3 years
  • Robust collaboration with the local community
  • Multi-age classrooms
  • Spanish   
  • Graduates move on to top area high schools

Student Engagement and Activities

  • Pre-School and After Care on site through Mi Casita Daycare   
  • Sports through Near West Rec  
  • Music programming and after school lessons through The Cleveland Music Settlement
  • After school homework help provided by classroom teachers
  • Multiple after school art class opportunities
  • Garden Club at Kentucky Community Garden through volunteers of the Kentucky Community Garden
  • Drama Club in partnership with Talespinner Children's Theater. Students perform each spring on the Talespinner Children's Theater stage.

Parent and Community Envolvement 

  • Monthly evening and daytime Family Group meetings   
  • Monthly Life Long Learning Series sessions as part of Family Group meetings
  • Monthly Community Meeting for all students, families, and community friends the last Friday of every month
  • Free legal help through Legal Aid Society with on-site office hours 
  • Monthly school potlucks or other events to build community among families  

Student Resources and Services

  • Title I, Special Education Interventions
  • In-school counseling
  • Free breakfast and lunch for all students through the National School Lunch Program
  • Weekly Reading and Math Mentors for students K-8
  • All teachers are highly qualified in their area of instruction

Safety

  • NWIS complies with the ORC in regards to building and student safety.
  • We submit an annual emergency operations plan each July to the state and then conduct monthly fire drills, quarterly security drills, and, during season, monthly tornado drills to both comply with the law and best prepare our staff.
  • All staff receive tabletop training on fire and security drills at beginning of year to discuss theoretical responses to possible crises.
  • NWIS also trains all staff on child abuse, human trafficking, youth suicide, and school violence at time of hire.
  • We have automatically locking doors and have increased the camera load each year to better account for what happens in and around our building.
  • While NWIS does rent from CMSD, we are always vigilant and expedite building maintenance repairs as possible.

Other

Each classroom of students has an ongoing relationship with a neighboring eldercare facility. Students visit nursing home partners monthly to build community and intergenerational friendship.

Intergenerational reading buddies bring older and younger readers together on a biweekly basis.

Last year senior cluster students embarked on a historical study of the people of the Ohio City neighborhood, with support from volunteers at Monroe Street Cemetary, The Irish Bend Project, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.

 

Transportation Information

RTA Tickets - Families need to live at least 1.75 miles from the school to receive yellow bus transportation. Cleveland residents that don't choose bus/RTA tickets, may receive a modest transportation stipend from CMSD.

Enrollment & Deadlines

To enroll, please visit: www.nearwestschool.org/enroll or email Molly Mizisin at: mmizisin@nearwestschool.org.

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Overall Performance

90.9%

Third Grade Guarantee

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Students meeting requirement for promotion to 4th grade.
District Average 79.6%

State Provided Information

Detailed information about district and school progress, such as student performance, enrollment and graduation rate.

Student & Teacher Attendance Rates - 2016-2017

Student Attendance Rate: 94.7%
Teacher Attendance Rate: 97.7%

Student Demographics - 2016-2017

212 Students
Average Daily Enrollment

Race / Ethnicity

Black, Non-Hispanic: 41.3%
Hispanic: 27.5%
Multiracial: 6.1%
White, Non-Hispanic: 24.1%
Asian: NC%
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black: 41.3
Hispanic: 27.5
Multi: 6.1
White: 24.1
Asian: NC

black: 1
Hispanic: 1
Multi: 1
White: 1
Asian: 1
NC = Not Calculated
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Gender

Male: 50.4% (107 Students)
Female: 49.6% (106 Students)
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Students with Special Needs

Special Needs

Students with Disabilities: 17.50% (38 Students)
Gifted Students: 0.00% (0 Students)
NC = Not Calculated
10.80%
Limited English Proficiency
NC = Not Calculated
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Average: 4.7 (12 votes)

4.7 out of 5(12 Reviews)

Recent Reviews

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4
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
Great school, they stay on top of the kids and make sure they reach their benchmarks.
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5
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
Near West Intergenerational is very diverse, always in the community helping. Yes low ratios and a different approach towards learning and discipline. Teachers go above and beyond. Kids always active in school projects and good test scores for standardized testing.
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5
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
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5
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
The school is excellent. They are culturally competent to families and engaging. My child has blossomed since he began. His progress exceeds my expectations. Excellent school
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Rating: 
4
Educator/Staff Member
NWIS provides a safe environment for students to learn. Each student is valued and treated as an independent thinker and learner. Parent support is crucial for learners to reach full potential.
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4
Educator/Staff Member
I enjoy working at NWIS! With more staff and funding, our school could be an even better place for students to learn.
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5
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
We have seen so many improvements in our son since transferring him to NWIS, too many to list. I was concerned because our son was considered special needs & behind in some areas. However, he has caught up & is even going beyond some expectations, meeting many goals. Prior to NWIS, I had to fight to get what my child needed, but here, he gets it already included in the class. There are so many positive things I can say about this school, but there's not enough time or space. We are so pleased & cannot wait until our youngest is ready for kindergarten because we plan on signing him up as well. I hope we don't need to ever leave NWIS until it's time to move to high school. Even then, I'm hoping at that point there will be an intergenerational HS. Even if not, I have confidence they'll help our children get into high quality schools. I highly recommend this school.
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5
Educator/Staff Member
Near West is the best! Your student will succeed here, as the school respects that student as a part of the greater community. Come join us!
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5
Educator/Staff Member
Great behavior policy Creating, guiding students to be life long learners
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5
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
Excellent charter school!
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5
Educator/Staff Member, Other
Our school fosters a community of lifelong learners. It supports individual learners.
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4
Student
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5
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
Near West is extremely dedicated to their students and having them succeed. The student teacher ratio is great, a lot of one on one with teacher. My daughter loves her school and her teachers. I highly recommend the Intergenerational school for all families.
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5
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
Its a great school
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5
Community Member
Very small class sizes in large, brightly-lit classrooms led by great teachers. Ohio City is really lucky to have this fantastic school in their neighborhood.
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5
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
My two kids attend NWIS and are so happy and engaged in their learning. My son's teacher realized his interests and collected many books for him in her classroom. He was the type of kid who didn't like reading until we transferred to NWIS. Now both kids are book worms. My daughter has been sad that summer lasts so long--she can't wait to get back to her teacher and friends. I told her teacher this in an email, and her teacher asked to be pen pals with her over the summer! Our principal is responsive and works hard to engage parents in the school community. I love the regular reading mentors and all the place-based learning opportunities for our kids. "Intergenerational" means that our whole community of learners (the young and old alike) can connect with each other in the school. This year, there will be a preschool within our building. Kids visit nursing homes monthly and learn a lot from their elders. I can't imagine a better school for our kids and family. For improvement, the school (like most schools) needs more fundraising opportunities for special activities and programming. It hasn't seemed to hold them back to date!
Rating: 
5
Educator/Staff Member
This school creates a positive learning environment for all students. Students become accustomed to taking ownership of their learning and behavior choices, leading to intrinsically motivated learners. Staff are passionate about education and their students. This school successfully creates an environment where students thrive and LOOK FORWARD to coming to school each day. All students are challenged and instruction is catered to their individual needs. Classrooms have no re than 16-17 students of multi-age clusters. This allows students to mentor their peers and be mentored. Students get the opportunity to travel to local nursing homes to participate in activities with the elderly. High school students, college students and older adults volunteer to mentor students on a regular basis and the parents of our students create a close knit family. All things considered, this school provides a haven for learning on a sometimes entirely crazy world!
Rating: 
5
Community Member
This is a unique educational model that works with small multi-age classrooms where students are both learners and teachers, role modeling for their peers to demonstrate mastery. Each class has older adults serving on a regular basis as reading mentors, college students consistently their as tutors/mentors and field trips each month to area nursing homes to work with them on projects that feature what's being learned in the classroom. Active parents working with staff to build community and offer programming like spelling bees, plays, yoga and dance!
Rating: 
4
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
This school has been great for our daughter, particularly the first two years because she had a wonderfully loving teacher. That relationship made a huge difference. Overall, we're very happy with the school, the teachers, and the families that make up the school community. We like the intergenerational approach, which includes reading mentors and visits to senior centers. The combined-age clusters (k-2, 3-5, and 6-8) are a great way to teach children of different abilities in the same classroom and have them learn from each other. The small class sizes are a big plus too -- with only 16 or 17 children to a class, the teachers are able to provide a lot of individual attention.
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4
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
I am very pleased with the teacher/student ratio, and the openness to parent involvement. There is a really wonderful sense of community in Near West and I hope to see it continue and grow.

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