Shaker Heights is recognized nationally for the quality of both its public and independent schools. 

Shaker Heights Public Schools

Shaker Heights is among a handful of PreK-12 districts in North America to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program to students in all grade levels. IB is a rigorous curriculum that connects traditional disciplines and adds a global perspective. It supports 21st century skills and emphasizes community service, hands-on projects and inquiry-based learning. IB provides enrichment for students preschool through grade 8 and an elective diploma program at the high school level. It complements a system already providing a sound preparation for higher education, the world of work and citizenship in a global society. 

With a wide array of electives, foreign exchange programs, and one of the largest selections of college-level Advanced Placement courses in the area, Shaker offers intellectual challenges to accommodate every student’s interests and ambitions. As we say in Shaker Heights: A community is known by the schools it keeps. 

  • Shaker Heights High School is consistently among Ohio’s top schools, public and private, in the number of National Merit and National Achievement Scholars it produces. 
  • The fine and performing arts flourish in the Shaker Heights schools, earning award after award for both individual artists and groups— including a Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
  • Superlative co-curricular programs—ranging from academic clubs to community service organizations to interscholastic sports—are designed to complement, rather than compete with, academic work. 

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Independent Schools

Shaker Heights is also home to four premier independent schools: 

Hathaway Brown School is an independent day school for girls in grades K-12. Hathaway Brown also offers a co-educational preschool program. 

Laurel School  is an independent day school for girls in grades K-12. Laurel also offers a co-educational preschool program.

University School is an independent school for boys in preschool to grade 12. Grades preschool-8 are at the Shaker Heights campus.

St. Dominic School is Catholic co-educational school for students in grades K-8.