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Onaway Elementary School

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Onaway Elementary offers a robust academic program, incorporating the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme to cultivate inquiry-based learning and global-mindedness in students from Kindergarten through Grade 5.

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Social-Emotional Wellness

Onaway Elementary provides comprehensive supports for social-emotional wellness, including counseling services, mindfulness practices, and community-building activities to ensure every student feels valued and supported.

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Volunteers play a crucial role at Onaway Elementary School, enriching the educational experience by supporting classroom activities, organizing events and fostering a strong sense of community involvement.

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Onaway Elementary School, located in the eastern neighborhoods of Shaker Heights, serves Kindergarten through Grade 5 students with a focus on holistic development. Known for its academic rigor and creative teaching approaches, Onaway fosters an engaging and inclusive learning environment. With a strong partnership between educators and the community, Onaway ensures a supportive atmosphere where every student can excel.

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The Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Teaching will play a pivotal role in ensuring the academic success and growth of students throughout the District. Working closely with the superintendent and and other administrative leaders, the position provides strategic direction, leadership and support in the development and implementation of educational programs and initiatives.

Read More about Dr. Felecia M. Evans Named Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning

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International Baccalaureate

As an International Baccalaureate school, our curriculum is designed to nurture, educate students who are creative thinkers and skillful problem solvers and who are actively engaged in our global and multicultural society.

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Educational Equity

We work to understand and dismantle long-standing systemic barriers that have resulted in persistent racial disparities in academic achievement. These same barriers also prevent a true sense of belonging.

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Facilities Plan

Our vision is for all Shaker Heights children to attend school in buildings that are modern, safe and inclusive; support academic excellence; are diverse, integrated and welcoming; promote community, and; allow the District to remain fiscally responsible.

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