An Invitation: The Intergenerational School… Is Re‐inventing Public Education ‐ here in Cleveland!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 03/10/2008 - 23:12.
03/13/2008 - 17:30
03/13/2008 - 19:30

The Intergenerational School is holding a Wine & Cheese Open House (with Student‐Led Tours!), this Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm - and I strongly encourage those interested in innovation in education and aging to attend. Read through the whole invitation to learn more about the school - it is astounding, as are the founders... Cathy and Peter Whitehouse. This is the school that I hope to expand in the former Hough Bakeries complex, as the anchor for redevelopment of the surrounding neighborhood, so if you are interested in that project then you are interested in TIS.... I hope to see you there Thursday... be sure to RSVP!

Catherine C. Whitehouse, PhD speaks at 6:00PM

Fairhill Center, 12200 Fairhill Road – Cleveland, OH

RSVP: email awest [at] tislonline [dot] org or call 216.721.0120

What is the Intergenerational School? Is this event worth my time?

The Intergenerational School (TIS) is an independently run 501(c)(3) free, public, charter (community) school in Cleveland, OH serving K‐8 students.  The TIS model includes teaching students along side community learners of all ages including the TIS senior volunteers.  Incredibly, and one of many TIS community value‐adds, the educational model has shown that in cases where a senior volunteer is dealing with cognitive impairment (i.e. dementia), some symptoms are actually managed through interactive learning with students.

TIS is the only Ohio charter school (of more than 300) to receive a rating of “Excellent” on the Ohio State Report Card for four consecutive years.

TIS is one of only seven K‐8 charters (of more than 3,000 nationally) featured in U.S. Department of Education’s K‐8 Charter Schools Guide: Closing the Achievement Gap


  • 100% parent participation in teacher conferences
  • 100% proficiency in 3rd grade reading
  • 100% proficiency in 3rd grade math


  • District of Residence
  • Cleveland – 86.7%
  • Cleveland Hts./Univ. Hts. – 2.6%
  • East Cleveland – 3.5%
  • Euclid – 2.6%
  • Garfield Hts. – less than 1%
  • Maple Hts. – 1.8%
  • Shaker Hts. – less than 1%
  • Warrensville Hts. – less than 1%


  • African American – 90.3%
  • Multiracial – 4.4%
  • European American – 4.4%
  • Asian American – less than 1%


  • Female – 47%
  • Male – 53%


  • Economically Disadvantaged – 70%


The Intergenerational School
12200 Fairhill Road Fairhill Center, Second Floor
Cleveland, OH
United States
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  Community involvement is the key, Norm.  Regardless of income level, parents and caregivers make the difference.  I won't be able to make this tour, but I want to see the Intergenerational School and I welcome families considering my neighborhood, Brooklyn Centre, to consider Horizon Denison Academy and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Denison School.  Our community hopes to showcase our schools, libraries and homes on June 7th this year during the annual Archwood Street Fair.

 Horizon Denison School is one of the standouts in achievement and improvement in our local  education system.  I love these kids and the teachers at Horizon Denison love the kids, too.  It shows.  Please check us out.