Video: Pathways of Choice in the CHUH School District

Superintendent Douglas Heuer explains how the district plans to realign the schools

Superintendent Douglas Heuer spoke on Tuesday at about the future of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School district at a , a young professionals committee of FutureHeights.

Heuer described a program the district is developing called "Pathways of Choice." CH-UH is to be associated with one of three pathways — society, discovery and creativity.

Students will "experience a world-class education they can't get anywhere else," Heuer told approximately 50 people at the meeting.

Angee Shaker, communications director for the district, provided more information about the program in an email, and described each pathway:

  • Society - Learning from the perspective of people interacting with others
  • Discovery - Learning from the perspective of people interacting with the physical world
  • Creativity - Learning from the perspective of expressing and celebrating the human spirit

By the end of the 2012-2013 school year, students will be able to choose their school by pathway, Shaker said.

Each school has already received a designation:

  • Legacy New Tech High School of Science Technology Engineering and Math (Discovery)
  • Mosaic School of Creativity and Technology (Creativity)
  • R.E.A.L. Early College High School (Discovery, Creativity, Society)
  • Renaissance School of Humanities & International Studies (Society)

Middle School

  • (Discovery)
  • (Society)
  • (Creativity)


  • (Discovery)
  • (Creativity)
  • (Society)
  • (Discovery)
  • (Creativity)
  • (Society)
  • (Society)

In addition, Roxboro Elementary, which was ranked by the state this year, has begun its first year as an International Baccalaureate candidate school. The IB is a nonprofit organization that works with schools, governments and international organizations to help develop challenging programs and assessments for schools based on an international standard, according to its website. And Boulevard is now a S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) school.

"(Roxboro is) now starting the first of three years in candidacy status. In Spring 2014, an IB team will conduct a site visit to review materials, visit classes and interview teachers to determine if Roxboro has embedded the IB standard," Shaker said.

Heuer said the district has received a $750,000 innovation award from Race to the Top to implement the Discovery Pathway at the high school. Boulevard received $100,000 and Roxboro schools are applying for grants to fund the initiative.

More information can be found on the Cleveland Heights-University Heights district website.


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