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University Circle is home to some of the best educational facilities in the city. From innovative Pre-K programs through respected universities, a student could happily spend his or her entire academic career in this premier urban district.

Benedictine High School

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2900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44104

Benedictine High School is a Roman Catholic College Preparatory school operated by the Benedictine monks of Saint Andrew Abbey. We challenge our students to grow physically, intellectually, and especially spiritually in preparation for success in higher education and in life. In the Benedictine tradition of community life, we encourage our students to learn to grow in mutual respect of differences in background and culture.

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Case Western Reserve University

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10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Ranking 37th in the country among national universities, Case Western Reserve University offers unlimited opportunities in the fields of art, science, engineering, health, law, management and humanities. Partnerships with world-class artistic, cultural, scientific and medical institutions ensure that education extends beyond the classroom, and faculty provides outstanding support and guidance for the success of students. CWRU’s 5121 undergraduate and 6219 graduate students come from all 50 states and 86 countries.

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Citizens Leadership Academy

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9711 Lamont Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

CLA’s mission is to prepare its middle school students to lead in academics, service, and civic engagement during high school, college, and beyond. Its curriculum is designed to prepare students to succeed in rigorous college prep high schools, and then in college and in the 21st century job market. The curriculum is a synergistic approach based on two discrete learning models: Core Skill Building and Expeditionary Learning. Through this two-pronged educational model, CLA students will be well prepared for the Ohio state tests, and they will also be well grounded in the critical 21st century skills framework.

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Cleveland Institute of Art

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11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. For more than 130 years, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, and produces graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftsmen, and educators. With approximately 550 students, CIA offers a personal educational experience with the benefits of a larger institution.

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Cleveland Institute of Music

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11021 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

Since its founding in 1920, CIM has offered a world-class education to students from age 3 to 93. CIM is easily accessible to all music lovers - providing hundreds of concerts annually, most free of charge. CIM graduates play important musical roles in our world as composers producing meaningful new repertoire, as eminent instrumental and vocal soloists, as world-renowned chamber musicians and as members of premier orchestras around the globe. More than half of the members of The Cleveland Orchestra are connected to CIM as members of the faculty, alumni, or both.

Degree programs at CIM attract a geographically and culturally diverse student body with approximately 25% international students, 15% from Ohio, and 60% from the remaining areas of the U.S.

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Cleveland Montessori

12510 Mayfield Road
Cleveland, OH 44106

Located in the heart of Cleveland’s Little Italy, the school is based on the principles of Italian educator and physician, Dr. Maria Montessori. Her philosophy is best expressed in the words of a child: “Help me … to do it myself.”

Students at Cleveland Montessori achieve excellence — in math, reading, geography, social studies, writing, and science. Enrichment programs range from drama club, sports, and Italian to instrumental music and art. Before and after school programs, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., accommodate schedules for working parents.

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Cleveland School of the Arts

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2064 Stearns Road
Cleveland, OH 44106

Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA), a specialty arts school, is now a 9th– 12 arts High School in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). On a trajectory to be a nationally competitive arts High School, CSA strides to build arts education for long-term success. CSA is known for its strengths in both the academics and arts. Arts programming at CSA supports the school-wide goal of college-readiness for every student. A shared vision by the school leadership, academic faculty, and the CSA Board of Trustees: Students reach a place where they are part of decisions that change the world!  

Established in 1981, CSA incorporates all aspects of the arts into its teaching approach. The school offers a joint-college preparatory academic and a pre-professional arts program in eight majors: Band, Creative Writing, Dance, Integrated Arts (and Fashion Design), Orchestra, Theater, Visual Art (Mixed Media), and Vocal Music. One hundred percent of graduating seniors apply to and are accepted into institutions of higher education.

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Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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1588 Hazel Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106

The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (GIC) was established in 1954 by some of the earliest students of Fritz Perls, Laura Perls, Isadore Fromm, and Paul Goodman. Today, GIC is the world's largest institute, and one of the finest, for the study, development, and application of Gestalt theory. Its professional and personal development programs draw participants from all over the world. GIC faculty and graduates innovatively apply Gestalt principles to psychotherapy as well as to business, health care, educational, governmental, community, and religious organizations. GIC offers workshops, professional training programs, and conferences through the Training and Human Development Programs, and is affiliated with the Gestalt International Study Center/Center for the Study of Intimate Systems.

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Hawken School Sally and Bob Gries Center for Experiential and Service Learning

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10823 Magnolia Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106

Established in 2010, The Sally & Bob Gries Center for Experiential and Service Learning in University Circle represents Hawken School’s commitment to the principles of real life learning and involvement with the greater Cleveland community. Located just blocks away from Hawken’s original home on Ansel Road, the Center marks a return to the School’s geographical roots and a commitment to engaged learning in the heart of the city.

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John Hay High School

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2075 Stokes Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

This newly renovated high school encompasses grades 9-12 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and is home to three smaller schools: Cleveland Early College High School, Cleveland School of Architecture & Design, and Cleveland School of Science & Medicine.

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The Music Settlement


11125 Magnolia Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106

Inspired by music’s remarkable ability to bring people together, The Music Settlement (TMS) is a community music school in Cleveland, Ohio. TMS was founded in 1912 by Almeda Adams, as part of the Settlement Movement.

She set out to connect immigrants new to our city with people from all walks of life to celebrate and share experiences through the universal language of music.

Every day, our talented and dedicated faculty continues to build on this honorable foundation through our Center for Music, Center for Early Childhood, Center for Music Therapy and the BOP STOP performance venue.

Delighted to be a part of Cleveland’s robust arts and culture community, we take great pride in inspiring the promise and potential within each of the individuals we serve.

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