August 13, 2014


Campus International School: Creating a Continuum of Education

Before Fall Semester classes begin, a young group of exceptional scholars will return to campus next Monday at Campus International School, which recently earned the prestigious International Baccalaureate accreditation.

With the accreditation, Campus International–now serving grades K-6 with plans to expand through grade 12–joins a global community of schools adhering to a rigorous curriculum with an international focus. For example, students begin learning Mandarin as a second language in kindergarten. The school is one of only ten authorized International Baccalaureate elementary schools in Northeast Ohio and is the only International Baccalaureate elementary school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).

Our University plays a large role at the school: Nearly 40 faculty members from a variety of departments have direct involvement, and CSU students have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience as they pursue their degrees.

On its first report card in the fall of 2013, Campus International outperformed all other CMSD schools. Demand for the school is strong; it is the only school in the District with a waiting list. The unique relationship between CSU and CMSD serves as a national model for creating a continuum of education. We believe the foundation of a neighborhood is a great school. Four years ago, the University, the City of Cleveland, and the CMSD shared a vision of growing a thriving campus neighborhood downtown, which led to the partnership to establish the Campus International School in the Campus District.

During one of our Foundation Board meetings last year, Campus International Principal Julie Beers—recently recognized in Scene Magazine's Cleveland People 2014—was asked if she believed her students might one day come to Cleveland State. She responded, "These students believe that they are Cleveland State students now."

We would be fortunate to have these globally prepared students in our classrooms.


Ronald M. Berkman

Cleveland State University

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