Near West Intergenerational School

3805 Terrett Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113-3286 | Get Directions
Grades: K-8
School Type: Public Charter
Operated By: Breakthrough Schools
Sponsored by: CMSD
Special Program(s): Award-Winning Intergenerational Curriculum, Future Business Leaders of America
Principal: Molly Toussant
Principal Email: mtoussant@nearwestschool.org
Phone: (216) 961-4308
Hours of Operation: 8:00 - 3:00

School Provided Information

The Intergenerational Schools' mission is to create, connect, and guide multigenerational communities of lifelong learners and engaged citizens. Founded in 2000, The Intergenerational School model is one of the highest-performing groups of public schools in Ohio. Our schools have been nationally recognized for their innovative, intergenerational approach to learning. With only 17 students in each classroom, our educational model creates a school that honors and respects children and enables each child to learn in a time frame and manner suited to their individual capabilities. To do this means rejecting age as the single most important factor in organizing the educational environment and experiences. The Intergenerational Schools are organized along developmental curriculum based on five stages of learning, rather than arbitrary age-based grade levels. Students progress through the stages based on their individual mastery of learning objectives. Student success is the constant; the time needed to accomplish that success is the variable. Our classrooms challenge traditional concepts of grade-leveled segregation. Each multi-age class is comprised of children across a three to four year age span. This provides a rich learning environment where students learn from each other and are taught to be role models from the start. Mentors and community partners are also part of the learning environment resulting in a multigenerational community. The Intergenerational Schools are proud members of Breakthrough Schools, Ohio’s highest-performing network of free, public charter schools.

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, my receive a modest transportation stipend from CMSD.

Enrollment & Deadlines

To enroll, please visit: www.TISonline.org/enroll or email Eric McGarvey at: emcgarvey@TISonline.org.

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Overall Performance

4.7
Average: 4.7 (10 votes)

Community Reviews

10 Reviews

State Provided Information

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

Student & Teacher Attendance Rates - 2014-2015

Student Attendance Rate: 93.9%
Teacher Attendance Rate: 97.9%

Student Demographics - 2014-2015

154 Students
Average Daily Enrollment

Race / Ethnicity

Black, Non-Hispanic: 39%
Hispanic: 24%
Multiracial: 12.8%
White, Non-Hispanic: 22.8%
Asian: NC
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black: 39
Hispanic: 24
Multi: 12.8
White: 22.8
Asian:

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

Male: 50.4% (78 Students)
Female: 49.6% (77 Students)
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Students with Special Needs

Special Needs

Students with Disabilities: 16.50% (26 Students)
Gifted Students: 0.00% (0 Students)
NC = Not Calculated
12.00%
Limited English Proficiency
NC = Not Calculated
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Community Reviews

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4.7
Average: 4.7 (10 votes)

4.7 out of 5(10 Reviews)

Recent Reviews

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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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Rating: 
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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Rating: 
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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Rating: 
5
Educator/Staff Member
Great behavior policy Creating, guiding students to be life long learners
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Rating: 
5
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
Excellent charter school!
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Rating: 
5
Educator/Staff Member, Other
Our school fosters a community of lifelong learners. It supports individual learners.
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Rating: 
4
Student
Rating: 
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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Rating: 
5
Parent, Guardian, Family Member
Its a great school
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Rating: 
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.
Rating: 
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.
Rating: 
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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