Results-Focused Award-Winning Charter Schools

Three Outstanding Schools 

Small class size supports individual learnin at Near West Intergenerational School
Reading Mentors enhance student learning at Lakeshore Intergenerational School.

We were founded in 2000 and began with 30 students on a single campus.

Today, we have...


Students per class on average

Compared to 

28 Students per class on average in public schools





Our Mission:

Intergenerational Schools connect, create, and guide a multigenerational community of  lifelong learners and spirited citizens as they strive for academic excellence.   

Our Educational Model:

Intergenerational Schools are unique in our approach to educating children. Nobody else in Cleveland offers our total approach, one that is based on these pillars:

Our Recognition:

Intergenerational Schools have been recognized in Cleveland, in Ohio, nationally and internationally for our approach to education and the quality we bring to that. These recognitions have included: 

  • Perfect passing rates for state-mandated reading tests.

  • Top tier of public elementary schools in Cleveland.

  • Strong Ohio Department of Education ratings. Of Ohio’s 300 charter schools, The Intergenerational School – Buckeye Campus is the only K-8 school to receive “Excellent ratings” six times.  The same school was the only one of 3,000 charter schools nationwide featured in the U.S. Department of Education K-8 Charter Schools Guide: Closing the Achievement Gap.  

  • School Leader of the Year Award

  • Part of a select group of 13 schools (district, charter, parochial) involved in the Cleveland Excellent Schools Project funded by the Cleveland and Gund foundations.  

  • First of only three Ohio schools accepted as a member of Schools That Can, a national organization that selects and vets high-performing urban schools.

  • One of three Ohio schools to receive federal funds for dissemination of our model to other public schools in the state.  

  • National Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence and also for Lifetime Achievement in Intergenerational Advocacy.  

  • National Award for Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder competition sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency.  

  • Best Psychological Intervention international recognition from Foundation Mederixc.


We have collaborated with:

Judson Retirement Communities

Ohio City Incorporated

Northeast Shores

Youth Corps


Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Salvation Army

Karamu House

Lutheran Hospital

Margaret Wagner House

Edible Forest Garden

Kindred Hospital


Where Our Graduates Have Gone:

Intergenerational School students have gone on to a number of schools including:  

  • Laurel School

  • Hawken School

  • University School

  • John Hay, Science and Medicine

  • John Hay, Early College

  • John Hay Architecture and Design

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

  • Beaumont School

  • St. Martin de Porres High School

  • Saint Joseph Academy

  • Benedictine

  • Horizon Science Academy

  • St. Edward’s

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