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Shaker Heights is a community dedicated to lifelong learning.HighSchoolVideo

  • 61.7% of the population hold bachelor's degrees or higher
  • 33.4% hold graduate or professional degrees
  • 63.3% serve in professional/management level professions

These statistics place Shaker in the top demographics for the county. Shaker is recognized nationally for the quality of both its public and its independent schools.

Shaker Heights Middle SchoolShaker Heights City Schools
15600 Parkland
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Quality in Education:

  • Shaker High is poised to become the first school district in Greater Cleveland to adopt the highly regarded International Baccalaureate program at all grade levels, featuring a global focus, creative problem solving, hands-on projects, and inquiry-based learning.
  • All students are exposed to Mandarin Chinese beginning in grade one, which they can continue to study through grade 12. By grade six, students can choose from among Mandarin, Latin, French, or Spanish; at the High School the offerings further expand to include German and Greek. 
  • Shaker Heights High School graduates attend a wide array of highly selective colleges and universities each year, including Ivy League schools.
  • The High School offers 22 Advanced Placement courses, among the most in Northeast Ohio.
  • Approximately one-third of students take one or more Advanced Placement courses, with 80% or more earning sufficiently high scores for college credit.
  • Shaker students can travel the globe, through orchestra, band, or choir trips or as exchange students with schools in China, England, France, Germany, India, Latin America, and Japan.
  • Shaker’s unique Asian Studies program, offered in conjunction with the Cleveland Museum of Art, offers students a window into the history, culture, politics, and economy of China, India, and Japan. Students also have the opportunity to travel to or host students from those countries.
  • The High School offers more than 24 varsity sports and 50 co-curricular activities, ranging from Speech and Debate to Youth Ending Hunger and Model United Nations.
  • Students can take advantage of unparalleled offerings in the fine and performing arts, including a nationally recognized theatre arts department. 
  • The District created nationally recognized student-led programs in human relations and minority achievement.

Awards & Honors:

  • Rated among the top 2% of U.S. High Schools in Newsweek’s annual ratings.
  • Consistently ranks among Ohio’s top schools for National Merit, National Achievement, and Advanced Placement Scholars.
  • The only high school in Ohio, public or private, named to the Wall Street Journal’s list of top 65 feeder schools for the nation’s elite colleges.
  • Named a “Best Community for Music Education” by the NAMM Foundation several years in a row.
  • Designated an “Outstanding School” at the Cuyahoga County Regional Scholastic Art competition, producing more award winners than any other school.
  • Shaker students are consistently top performers at the state, regional and national level of the National History Day contest, at robotics, science, math, economics and chess competitions, and on world language examinations.
  • Two recent Shaker Heights High School graduates were named as U.S. Presidential Scholars, an honor bestowed upon only 141 students nationwide each year.
  • A Shaker student and teacher were selected as 2013 Bezos Scholars, to participate in a leadership academy for 12 exceptional students and 12 visionary teachers.
  • Most highly educated faculty in Cleveland area ...more than 80 percent hold master's degrees or higher.
  • Advanced Placement Classes: 23 offered...approximately one-third of students take one or more with 88% earning sufficiently high scores for college credit.
  • Foreign exchange programs with schools in Mexico, Japan, France, Germany, Russia, England, and China.
    • East meets West in Shaker's one-of-a-kind Asian Studies program. Offered in conjunction with the Cleveland Museum of Art, the course offers students a window into the history, culture, politics, and economy of Japan and China -- plus an opportunity to study in Takatori, Japan, or Shanghai, China.
    • Shaker Heights is one of four school districts in Ohio selected to host a visiting teacher from China.
  • Co-curricular Clubs: More than 50 co-curricular activities ranging from Academic Decathlon to Youth Ending Hunger to the Junior Council on World Affairs.
  • Performing Arts: unparalleled offerings in the fine and performing arts include a nationally recognized theatre program, while 24 varsity sports are offered to Shaker High School students.
  • Nationally recognized programs in human relations and minority achievement.
  • An emerging International Baccalaureate program.

Independent Schools in Shaker Heights:

Hathaway Brown School
19600 North Park Boulevard
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Hathaway Brown School is Ohio's oldest independent preparatory school for girls in Grades K-12. Founded in 1876, the School celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2001. The student population is drawn from 60 communities in northeast Ohio, representing a diversity of family backgrounds and economic circumstances. School accreditation is by the Ohio State Department of Education and the Independent Schools Association for Central States.

Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Laurel School, founded in 1896, is a nationally recognized, independent, college preparatory day school for girls k-12, with a coeducational early childhood program. Laurel offers small classes taught by a distinguished faculty and a rigorous program of academics, athletics and the arts. The school has two campuses - the main 11-acre campus in Shaker Heights and a 140-acre campus approximately 10 miles to the east which features extensive athletic facilities and offers unlimited opportunities for leadership and outdoor education programs.

St. Dominic School
3455 Norwood Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

St. Dominic School is a co-educational Catholic school for students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. Rooted in the teachings of Christ and accredited by the State of Ohio, programs provide academic excellence and educational tools for the development of the whole child, with a foundation in faith for lives of service and leadership. St. Dominic offers small classes and caring, experienced teachers who challenge students to give their very best. In addition to core curriculum classes, students participate in: Religion, Art, General Music, Computers, Physical Education, Spanish and Library Skills. Instrumental music is available through a private subcontract beginning in grade 4.

University School
20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

University School enrolls boys from kindergarten through high school and prepares all of its graduates for college. Its mission is to guide and encourage boys to reach their full potential. A wealth of opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities and a talented, energetic faculty create lively, thought-provoking experiences for individual success.


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