CMSD NEWS BUREAU
Cleveland’s MC²STEM High School
has been admitted to a nationwide
network of schools that have demonstrated success in educating lower-income
MC²STEM becomes one of 149 schools approved for membership in the Schools That Can
network since the nonprofit organization was formed in 2006 and is the first school in Ohio from a traditional public district to join. Members currently span 13 states, mostly in the East and Midwest.
The network is for high-performing, high-potential urban schools that serve predominantly low-income students without setting admission
requirements. Schools must apply and undergo observation.
“We believe that all too often the focus is on the failure
of our schools,” said Casey Lamb, the group’s national director of growth and
leader of its validation committee, which makes final decisions on membership. “We highlight the success stories and lift
them up so schools can learn from each other.”
MC²STEM is an unusual model, holding ninth-grade classes at
the Great Lakes Science Center, 10th
-grade classes at GE Lighting’s
Nela Park campus and 11th
- and 12th
-grade classes at
Cleveland State University. Its most recent state report card
shows a four-year graduation rate of 92.8 percent.
Lamb hailed the school’s system of project-based learning
and its partnership with GE. She also singled out the mentoring provided by GE
employees and a capstone project
, conducted during the year at Nela Park, that
takes a product from concept to development.
The school, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, has previously received recognition from the White House, the state and the National Center for Urban School Transformation
. As President Obama talked about skills needed for the new economy in his 2014 State of the Union address, a graphic that accompanied an online version of the speech
produced by the White House declared: "We need more schools like MC2STEM High School in Cleveland, OH."
Other Ohio schools in the Schools That Can network include Citizens Academy,
Cleveland Entrepreneurship Preparatory School, Intergenerational School, Luther
Memorial School, St. Martin de Porres High School, Urban Community School and
Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, all in Cleveland, and Midnimo Cross
Cultural Community School in Columbus.