Our 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 6,000 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 District received a “What Parents Want” award from a national organization that ranks schools on a number of criteria. Only 6% of schools nationwide received such recognition.
  • The District received the Promising Practice School District Award from the Ohio Association for Gifted
  • Children (OAGC). CH-UH is one of the only districts in the State of Ohio to provide gifted specialists in each building, including a counselor at the high school to assist with post secondary enrollment options and college placements.
  • Student-athletes serve as outstanding ambassadors for the District, competing on 25 interscholastic sports teams. Along with winning the Division I 2008 State Track and Field Championship, our runners also set State and National records during the season.
  • 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, Cleveland Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition, and the District’s own annual poetry gala.
  • 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. A Monticello Middle School student earned the highest score on the rigorous AMC 8 Mathematics exam, and Roxboro Middle School students qualified for the State Finals of the 2009 Science Olympiad.
  • 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.


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 five 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.

  • Cleveland Heights High School was one of five schools from across the nation featured in Parade Magazine for its positive growth due to Small Schools and its family and community outreach efforts.
  • Cleveland Heights High School graduate Ruth DeGolia was featured on the July 3, 2006, cover of Newsweek as part of a story titled “15 people who make America great.”
  • Members of the Class of 2008 were offered scholarships totaling over $9 million and were accepted by some of the top universities in the country, including Princeton, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale.
  • Heights High offers 18 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.


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 75.8% of our teachers hold a master’s degree or higher.

Fiscal Responsibility

  • The District continues to be fiscally responsible with community resources. The Auditor of State presented the District with the Auditor’s Award for the District’s exemplary Annual Financial Report. Fewer than five percent of all the agencies audited are eligible for the award.
  • For the fifth 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.