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The Intergenerational School

11327 Shaker Blvd. Suite 200 E Cleveland OH, 44104-3862

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School Summary


School Type

Operated By
The Intergenerational Schools

Sponsored By
ESC of Lake Erie West


The Intergenerational School (TIS) was founded in 2000 by Drs. Catherine and Peter Whitehouse in order to provide an educational experience that was different from what was provided to urban students.  TIS is located in the historic St. Luke’s Complex in the Buckeye neighborhood and has an enrollment of over 250 students in grades K-8.

In 2017, The Intergenerational School along with Lakeshore Intergenerational School and Near West Intergenerational School formed a new network of high performing schools serving the children of Cleveland and surrounding suburbs

School Mission: The Intergenerational School connects, creates and guides a multigenerational community of lifelong learners and spirited citizens.

Our School Values:  personal integrity, work ethic, choice and accountability, celebration of diversity, interpersonal skills, shared and responsible use of resources, and honoring the interconnected web of life and time.

The Intergenerational School mission is the center for all that takes places within our school.

Within our school environment, TIS wishes to create a true community of individuals that transcends traditional age barriers. This community is organized around the central activity of learning. The community includes children, faculty and staff, family members, community volunteers, and collaborating community organizations.

TIS welcomes learners of all ages to participate together in the learning life of the school. Our students learn in multi-age classrooms, where older students serve as role models and can assist younger students. Younger students can see what their own learning can and will become. The full life span is represented at TIS well beyond the traditional elementary school community of students, staff, and parents. TIS brings together learners and teachers of all ages.

TIS strives to develop in its students the inclination for lifelong learning and the tools to be an effective lifelong learner as well has helping our students and community members find joyfulness in their learning.  It is our greatest expectation that our students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and habits to be effective and empowered members of their community.

Students learn by participating in a student-centered, experiential learning environment. TIS provides rich and holistic learning experiences so that students can know themselves as learners and can make effective decisions about their own learning. TIS adopts a process-oriented approach to learning, but balances that with the goal to develop in students certain specific skills that are needed for educational and life success

What Sets Us Apart

The educational philosophy of the school is grounded in two main beliefs:

  • Learning is a life-long developmental process
  • Knowledge is socially constructed in the context of culture, experience, and community

TIS believes that all individuals are capable learners. Each individual brings a unique blend of talent, interest, experience, and cultural heritage to the learning situation. Learning takes place best in an environment where such differences are valued and respected. Individuals in such an environment work together to investigate topics and questions that are personally meaningful and important.

TIS does not look or feel like a traditional elementary school, it is unique and innovative.  Instead of learning in traditional graded classrooms, TIS classrooms are organized by developmental learning levels. As a non-graded, developmental school, benchmarks are based on academic developmental stages that have only approximate correspondence to age/grade.

The stages used are:

  • Primary Cluster (Ohio’s K-2 curriculum is taught)
  • Developing Stage: (Ohio’s 3-4 curriculum is taught)
  • Refining Stage: (Ohio’s 5-6 curriculum is taught)
  • Applying Stage: (Ohio’s 7-8 curriculum is taught)

Within our classrooms you will find:

  1. Non-graded, multi-agegroupings
  2. Individualized learning and instruction
  3. Mentoring/apprenticeshipmodel
  4. Real-world experiential learning/ Interdisciplinary approach/ Inquiry-generated and project- based learning
  5. Collaborative curriculumplanning
  6. Authentic and normative assessment


Special Programs

Highligh Academic Offerings

  • Small class sizes
  • Looping with teacher between 2-3 years
  • Robust collaboration with the local community
  • Multi-age classrooms
  • Spanish
  • Graduates move on to top area high school

Student Engagement and Activities

  • Boys and Girls Club on site providing after school care for ages 6 and up and also care during Breaks
  • Boys Basketball team & Girls Cheerleading team
  • TIS & Harvey Rice collaborative after school Coding, Chess and Moth Story telling clubs
  • For Developing Stage and up, Friday Clubs – multi-age enrichment opportunities for one hour on Fridays
  • Minimum of three field trips per year

Parent and Community Involvement 

  • Active parent group with monthly meetings
  • Franks & Fellowship – once a month outdoor event that offers hot dogs and an activity during the fall and spring seasons to all community stakeholders
  •  Monthly whole school Community Meetings
  •  Subject specific Open House days to see learning in action
  •  Participant with PBS Ideastream in wrap around support services for the Buckeye-Woodland community
  • Moms & Muffins; Dads & Donuts; Grandparents & Granola
  • Bi Annual Points to Ponder Reflective Sessions inviting input from teachers, families and mentors

Student Resources and Services

  • Clinic aide available daily
  • Participant in Federal Breakfast and lunch program
  • 30 + reading mentors volunteer weekly


  • Compliance with the ORC in regards to building and student safety.
  • Submission of an annual emergency operations plan each July to the state and then conduct monthly fire drills, quarterly security drills, and, during season, monthly tornado drills to both comply with the law and best prepare our staff.
  • All staff receive tabletop training on fire and security drills at beginning of year to discuss theoretical responses to possible crises.
  • TIS also trains all staff on child abuse, human trafficking, youth suicide, and school violence at time of hire.


  • Intergenerational Programming pairing students with elders from community assisted living centers
  • Title 1 Tutoring

Transportation Info

RTA Tickets – Families need to live at least 1.75 miles from the school to receive yellow bus transportation. Cleveland residents that don’t choose bus/rta tickets, my receive a modest transportation stipend from CMSD.

Nearby Schools

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Enrollment (State Provided): 223

Harvey Rice

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Grades: PreK-8
Enrollment (State Provided): 442

Bolton School

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Enrollment (State Provided): 292


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Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy

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Grades: K-8
Enrollment (State Provided): 295