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Walton, the only K-8 school that is a member of the International Studies Schools Network (ISSN), prepares scholars in grades K-8 for international citizenship through a blending of the Common Core Standards and global project-based learning. Beginning in August 2015, all scholars in grades K-8 will receive foreign language instruction in languages such as Mandarin, French, Spanish, or Arabic. Walton also provides English language acquisition supports for English Language Learners by TESOL-certified educators. At Walton, we provide our scholars with an education that addresses their social, physical, emotional, cultural, and academic needs through an emphasis on student inquiry and global perspective.
Our vision for Walton is to create a respectful, supportive, and globally focused learning environment, which fosters collaboration, sets rigorous yet attainable goals, and strives to meet the needs of all scholars, staff, and community.
Highlighted Academic Offerings
- Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Services
- ISSN globally focused project-based learning
- Foreign Language
- Reading Intervention
- Math Intervention
- Response to Intervention (RTI) Model
Student Engagement and Activities
- Boys & Girls Club – The only full club school site on the West side, offering tutoring, leadership development, physical activities, and dinner every Monday-Friday after school until 6:30p.m. There is no cost for this program.
- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts of the USA
- After school tutoring provided by Walton educators
- Student Learning Community (SLC) – Scholars in grades 5-8 are selected as ambassadors who meet weekly to discuss school needs and shape approaches to improving school culture. The SLC also analyzes school data to educate their peers on the current academic climate and identify school goals.
- Morning Announcers
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Track
- Boys Track
- Book Club
Parent & Community Involvement
- School Parent Organization
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Family Nature Club – As a recipient of a Walt Disney Company grant, this partnership provides quarterly educational family programs. These interactive programs focus on infusing nature into learning projects, and are hosted in both indoor and outdoor space year-round, such as Walton’s outdoor courtyard.
- Cleveland Browns Partnership – Through our partnership, the Browns Foundation & Organization has provided home game tickets, field passes, staff team building opportunities, player visits, and interactive scholar events. Their support further encourages scholars to work hard and strive to reach their goals.
Student Resources and Services
- MetroHealth Mobile Clinic – One day each week, the mobile clinic provides scholar well checks, immunizations, prescriptions, and other healthcare needs.
- Bellfaire JCB – Full time on site counselor supports students with various mental health, and social and emotional needs.
- Peer Mediation – Scholars in grades 5-8, trained in peer mediation techniques, mediate healthy problem-solving discussions between peers.
- Vision screenings and glasses
- Dental services
Walton has a newly-renovated (2013) 30 PC computer lab, 5 Mac computers, and Smart Board technology. In December 2014, 20 classroom iPad learning centers were purchased and, through the generosity of Cleveland Browns players Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin, a $10,000 donation was used to purchase student laptops; a new school-wide communication system was also installed in December 2014.
Walton provides a safe and nurturing environment through various internal and external approaches. Through our Planning Center model, scholars can deescalate in a safe space through positive behavior reinforcements, role playing, and reflection. Scholars in grades K-5 develop healthy social emotional learning skills through Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) research-based curriculum.
Through a partnership with City Life, Walton utilizes the GRIP alternative to suspension program for 7th & 8th grade scholars. GRIP is an off-site, supervised program that allows scholars to complete their work assignments and receive full attendance credit. In addition to their assigned work, scholars also participate in character education lessons facilitated by City Life.
The District provides yellow bus service grades K-5 for all students who live at least a mile from their “assigned school.” In grades 6 through 12, CMSD will pay the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to transport students who live at least a half-mile from their “assigned school.” If a student chooses to attend another school that isn’t their “assigned school” or a designated “specialty” school, then the District may not be able to provide transportation services. For information about transportation options, call 216.634.7020. Additional services available from Pre-K to 12 based on a student’s special needs and Individual Education Plan. Contact the student’s IEP case manager at the school for details.
Pre K, Behavioral Disorders, Bilingual, LEP/ELLs