• Message from CEO Eric S. Gordon


    Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!

    Eric Gordon While August 13 marks the first day of school for most CMSD students, the 2018-19 school year began in late July for students in our year-round schools. The new school year began even earlier for the dedicated educators who spent much of the summer designing programs and preparing our schools for the start of another successful school year.

    I enjoyed seeing our students and families participating in school programs and community events throughout the summer and have remained engaged with our school staff as we direct our focus toward continued improvements in K-3 Literacy, meeting the expectations of Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee, raising our score on the state’s Performance Index, increasing our graduation rate and ensuring our graduates pursue a post-secondary credential, two-year degree, four-year degree or high-wage, high-demand employment — all factors that are positively impacted each year by strong attendance and by families and caregivers who are fully engaged in their children’s education.

    Our colorful Academic Calendar, mailed to homes in July and posted on the CMSD website, updates our progress under The Cleveland Plan and captures in photos the joy, inquiry, creativity and collaboration that takes place in our schools and classrooms every day of the school year. The calendar also features programs, initiatives and activities planned for the 2018-19 school year.

    The home page of the CMSD website has a convenient link to all back-to-school information, including enrollment in the school of your choice, Meet & Greet events, school start and end times, classroom supply lists and transportation information. Our CMSD mobile app is also a valuable resource to stay connected with us throughout the year.

    A growing number of families are choosing CMSD for the quality education they want for their children. I am grateful to them and to our supportive community who, with their investment in our schools, continue to demonstrate their belief in the city’s most valuable asset — its children.

    Best wishes for a successful 2018-19 school year. Thank you for your support of our scholars, their families and caregivers, our educators and our various community partners now and throughout the year.

    Have a great school year!


    Eric Gordon
    Eric S. Gordon
    Chief Executive Officer

Track Our Progress

Infographic of Progress under The Cleveland Plan