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Parents help open new charter school in Ohio City

7:16 AM, Jul 5, 2011   |    comments
Near West Intergenerational School
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OHIO CITY -- It's a dream come true for some parents who live in Ohio City.

The Near West Intergenerational School is a Breakthrough Public Charter School located inside Garrett Morgan Cleveland School of Science building.

Members of the Ohio City Babysitting Co-Op became concerned the good schools were far away. A growing number of families began moving away.

"We have found when many of our neighbors' children reach that age, they are fleeing to Shaker Heights or Lakewood. And we feel that doesn't need to be the case," says Brooke King, a concerned parent and works for the Intergenerational School.

"There was a great desire for a school that was in our neighborhood that our kids could walk to and be a foundation for stabilizing the neighborhood and keep people in it ," says David Hovis, one of parents who help get the school opened.

Debbie Fisher will be the principal at the new school. 

She says the intergenerational teaching model is one that really works. There are three components: Learning is a lifelong endeavor, students are paired with an adult partner and the classrooms are small and multi-aged.

"It is all workshops. They are working with the teacher in small groups and the other group is doing something else. The kids know what they need to do but everyone is not doing the same thing," says Fisher.

The Near West Intergenerational School will be a sister school to the Intergenerational School on the East side.

That school has been rated excellent by the Ohio Department of Education.   

The Near West Intergenerational School is free and open to the public.  

Applications are being accepted for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

For more information call 216-721-0120 or click here for application guidelines.

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