At City Year Cleveland we have big plans to saturate low performing Cleveland schools with highly trained AmeriCorps members, who provide individualized academic and social-emotional supports to students who need it the most. This school year, we added an additional 10 AmeriCorps members to our team taking us to 60 AmeriCorps members total in seven Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools reaching over 2,200 students. Our newest school partner is George Washington Carver STEM Elementary School.
George Washington Carver STEM is a K-8 school in Cleveland's Central Neighborhood. Built in 2011, George Washington Carver School focuses on an applied science curriculum that only during the last few years has been generally popularized as STEM education. Hands-on science has always been important at the school; the preschool room has a touch-screen smart board, and middle school students use college-level computer-aided-design software. STEM education is meant to prepare students for life beyond the classroom by training them to understand and solve practical problems, thereby improving their competitiveness in the global job market.
Carver is a Cleveland Metropolitan School District Investment School. Turning around Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s lowest performing schools is one of the primary goals of The Cleveland Plan. This plan requires that each year Cleveland Metropolitan School District targets the lowest 10-15 percent of these schools for immediate and dramatic action. Cleveland Metropolitan School District states, “This network of Investment Schools represents not only our clearest need, but also our greatest opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students.”
City Year Cleveland is providing full-time, school-wide support and after-school programs to the entire K - 8 school population at Carver. It also targets “focus list” students grades 3 – 8, who exhibit poor performance in attendance, behavior and course performance in math and English with coaching and tutoring interventions, both during school time and after school.