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World Class Education

Shaker Heights is a community dedicated to lifelong learning and is recognized nationally for the quality of both its public and independent schools, and early childhood programs. Among our residents age 25 and older:

  • 61.7% hold bachelor’s degrees or higher
  • 33.4% hold graduate or professional degrees
  • 63.3% serve in professional/management level professions

Shaker Heights City Schools

Shaker Heights City Schools are known for academic excellence and commitment to diversity. More than 80% of graduates attend college, including Ivy League and other highly selective colleges and universities. Also, the district is poised to become the first in Greater Cleveland to adopt the highly regarded International Baccalaureate program at all grade levels.

Shaker Schools areas of distinction include:

  • Top 2% of U.S. high schools in Newsweek’s annual rankings
  • Consistently ranking among Ohio’s top schools for National Merit, National Achievement, and Advanced Placement scholars
  • All students begin Mandarin in first grade and can continue to study through grade 12. By grade six, students can choose among Mandarin, Latin, French, Spanish or German. In high school, the offerings also include Greek
  • Nationally recognized theater program and consistent top honors in band, orchestra, choir, and fine arts competitions
  • More than 80% of the faculty hold a master’s degree or higher

Shaker Heights City Schools
15600 Parkland Drive
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120

Independent Schools in Shaker Heights

Hathaway Brown School
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.

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

Laurel School
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.

Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

St. Dominic School
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.

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

University School
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.

University School
20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Early Childhood Education

Shaker offers both public and independent preschool instruction for our youngest residents. Programs vary from half- to full-days and serve all children, including infants as young as six weeks, and children with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities. Visit each school/program online and in person for more information.

Shaker Heights City Schools

Pre-K Early Intervention Program
Onaway Elementary School
3115 Woodbury Rd.
Ages: 3-5 years

Shaker's First Class
3115 Woodbury Rd. (Onaway)
23325 Wimbledon Rd. (Mercer)
Ages: 2.5-5 years

Independent Schools

Carol Nursery School
19824 Sussex Rd.
Ages: 3-5 years; 2.5 with parent

CEOGC Plymouth Head Start
2860 Coventry Rd.
Ages: 3-5 years

Children's Center of First Baptist Church
3630 Fairmount Blvd.
Ages: 6 weeks-5 years

Early Childhood Enrichment Center
19824 Sussex Rd.
Ages: 18 months-5 years

Hanna Perkins School
19910 Malvern Rd.
Ages: 15 months-7 years

Hathaway Brown Early Childhood Program
19600 North Park Blvd.
Ages: 2/5-5 years

JDN Early Childhood Center
22201 Fairmount Blvd.
Ages: 6 weeks-5 years

Laurel School
1 Lyman Circle
Ages:20 months-5 years

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


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