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Why Shaker Heights is known for Quality Education

Michelle McQuade | June 26, 2017

Shaker Heights has been, for years, a highly sought-after address for a number of reasons, and one of these is quality education. The city is home to the first school district in Greater Cleveland to offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. Students of the Shaker Heights City School District are also known to be globally competitive not just in academics but in a number of fields. Private schools in Shaker Heights are not to be outdone, as these institutions also boast world-class educational opportunities.

Public schools in Shaker Heights

The Shaker Heights City School District (also known as Shaker Heights Schools) oversees public schools in Shaker Heights and a portion of Cleveland. It is one of 8 school districts in the United States considered as an IB district. Public schools in Shaker Heights are renowned for their competitive curriculums as well as their distinct Georgian design.

Here are some of the top schools in Shaker Heights City School District.

  1. 1. Onaway Elementary School
    3115 Woodbury Road

    Onaway Elementary boasts a diverse student body and is one of Shaker Heights’ International Baccalaureate World Schools.

  2. 2. Woodbury Elementary School
    15400 South Woodland Road

    Woodbury serves students grades 5 to 6. As an upper elementary school, Woodbury receives all students from Shaker Heights’ K-4 schools, including Onaway.

  3. 3. Shaker Heights Middle School
    20600 Shaker Boulevard

    The only public middle school in Shaker Heights, Shaker Heights Middle School serves students from grades 7 to 8. It was formerly known as Byron Junior High School and is considered as the youngest among Shaker Heights schools, having been built in 1957.

  4. 4. Shaker Heights High School
    15911 Aldersyde Drive

    An International Baccalaureate World School, Shaker Heights High School was established in 1918 and is one of the top feeder schools for Ivy League universities and other selective colleges. Shaker Heights High School offers extensive Advanced Placement programs and has an active student exchange program.

Private schools in Shaker Heights

Shaker Heights is also home to a number of renowned private schools, which includes the following:

  1. 1. Laurel School
    1 Lyman Circle

    An independent college preparatory day school for girls, Laurel School was founded in 1896. Aside from the Lyman Circle campus, Laurel School also the Butler Campus, opened in 2002. The Lyman Circle campus features state-of-the-art gymnasiums, a visual arts studio, a dance studio, and a Chapel Theatre.

  2. 2. Hathaway Brown School
    19600 North Park Boulevard

    Founded in 1876, Hathaway Brown is the oldest college prep school for girls in Ohio. Hathaway Brown boasts a curriculum that blends academic and experiential learning. Hathaway Brown also has co-educational Early Childhood Program.

  3. 3. University School
    20701 Brantley Road

    Shaker Heights is home to the lower campus of all-boys University School, which accepts students grades K-8. The upper campus, which serves students from grades 9-12, is located in Hunting Valley. University School has a rich academic and athletic tradition.

Learn more about Shaker Heights by reading our community guide.

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