About the District

Discover Cleveland Heights – University Heights Schools The Cleveland Heights – University Heights City School District is committed to preparing all students for college and life by providing a challenging curriculum that connects students’ lives and their future in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment, ensuring value for residents and homeowners, and being an important part of what makes this community such a great place to call home.

Over 100 years old, the Cleveland Heights – University Heights City School District is an inner-ring suburb nestled to the east of the City of Cleveland. The District serves two adjoining cities of Cleveland Heights and University Heights, and a portion of South Euclid in Northeastern Ohio. These vibrant communities, proud of their diverse racial and religious heritage, have maintained a small-town, friendly atmosphere while being in close proximity to numerous medical, cultural, and academic institutions. Dedicated parents, family members, and school volunteers enrich the school learning environment through their support. The Parent Teacher Association, Reaching Heights Public School Foundation, city governments, and many local non-profit organizations play a critical role in the District’s success.

The CH-UH School District serves approximately 5,800 students in seven elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school, an early childhood learning center, and a school for students with emotional needs.

Continuing the Legacy of Excellence

  • The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District was named a Next Generation Innovation District by prestigious National Council. CH-UH is one of only four Ohio schools named as part of the program.
  • CH-UH was recognized by the Hanover Research Group and the Ohio School Facilities Commission as one of the nation's leaders in 21st Century teaching and learning.
  • All of our elementary and middle school classrooms have SmartBoard technology to enable interactive learning and immediate feedback on performance.
  • Student-athletes serve as outstanding ambassadors for the District, competing on 25 interscholastic sports teams.
  • A variety of extracurricular activities illustrate the diverse interests of students, including Political Awareness Club, Poetry Slam Club, Robotics Club, Tiger TV Production, and Asian Culture.
  • Student artists are regularly recognized at the state and national levels by the Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, Cuyahoga County Regional Scholastic Art Awards, and the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Program.
  • Students are recognized for outstanding literacy skills in contests like Power of the Pen, Letters About Literature, Scenarios USA Screenwriting Contest, and Cleveland Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition.
  • Junior Ohio Model United Nations, Science Olympiad, and the Knowledge Masters Open are a few of the many ways in which CH-UH middle school students are challenged.
  • Elementary schools engage students through a variety of unique programs and activities, including student council, student ambassadors, student newspaper, ballroom dancing, vocal and instrumental music classes, chess club, Spanish club, and art.
  • The CH-UH School District was nationally recognized for excellence in communications by the National School Public Relations Association, winning three communications awards.

Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships

Highly regarded for its vast array of unique course offerings and the positive contributions by its graduates, Cleveland Heights High School operates within four smaller learning communities to maximize the District’s focus on academic achievement. Each small learning community, located within a larger high school setting of nearly 2,000 students, emphasizes a different instructional model and a rigorous curriculum, relationship building, and relevance to the global society.

  • As first place winner of the American Foreign Service Associations' 2012 National Essay Contest, senior Natasha Madorsky met with Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton. Her essay about how to improve the relations between the U.S. and South Sudan was judged one of the best ever in the 14 year history of the contest.
  • Over the past three years, Heights graduates received more than $20 million in scholarship offers and were accepted by some of the top universities in the country, including Vassar, Boston College, Spelman, and Stanford.
  • Heights High offers 19 Advanced Placement courses and 13 Career Prep programs, allowing students to begin earning college credit prior to high school graduation.
  • More than 1,200 students take part in the excellent music programs offered by the District. At the high school alone, students make up two jazz ensembles, two orchestras, three concert bands, a marching band, 14 chamber groups, and six vocal performing groups. Heights High vocalists and instrumental musicians consistently win superior ratings at national competitions.
  • Over 600 students make up two casts in the Heights musical every fall. Past productions include Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, The King & I, Beauty & The Beast, The Sound of Music, and Phantom of the Opera.


Academic Accountability

The District requires each school to develop a unique Academic Achievement Plan. These plans are included in the principals’ evaluations, thereby holding them accountable for their students’ successes and growth. Each principal is required to maintain a data notebook that includes the most recent data on student achievement. It is expected that they can reference this document and be able to talk about individual student growth at any given time.

The District employs a dedicated staff committed to providing an exemplary education to help all students achieve and excel. CH-UH teachers work with the nation’s foremost educational experts during professional development days and work throughout the year to enhance classroom experiences. District educators are experienced with helping every child succeed, and approximately 80% of our teachers hold a master’s degree or higher.

Fiscal Responsibility

  • For the 11th straight year, the District received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is one of the highest forms of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and is given to government agencies that publish a comprehensive financial report according to a strict set of standards.
  • The Ohio Schools Council, a consortium of 157 school districts that use cooperative purchasing to save school dollars, recognized Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District as an "Exemplary Saver" district.
  • The Ohio Association of School Business Officials selected Scott Gainer as the 2010 Outstanding Treasurer/CFO of the Year for the State of Ohio. He was chosen from over 600 eligible school treasurers in Ohio.