Cleveland High School
is a public secondary school
located in Seattle
. It is part of the Seattle Public Schools
. The building, designated a historic landmark by the City of Seattle in 1981, stands atop Beacon Hill
. The original 1927 building underwent a $68 million renovation in 2007, when a new gym and classroom building were added.
The school overlooks Georgetown
, Boeing Field
, and the Duwamish River
valley, an area that was once farmed by European immigrants but became heavily industrialized in the World War II era. The surrounding neighborhood on Beacon Hill is now primarily Asian, and most of the school's students are African American.
In 2003, under a Gates Foundation grant, the district separated Cleveland into four small academies - the Infotech Academy, which had started up in a small way in 2000 before the grant; the Arts and Humanities Academy; the Health, Environment and Life Academy (HEAL); and the Global Studies Academy. By 2009 Cleveland retained the Global Studies and HEAL academies, but overall academic improvement remained elusive. 56.7% of students graduated in 2009, on time or otherwise.
In 2008, Cleveland was one of two high schools included in the Southeast Initiative, a plan to increase expenditures for three years at schools that parents had fled under the school choice plan. The Seattle Times School Guide reported that Cleveland's 2008 on-time graduation rate had been 44%. Cleveland's enrollment remained low at 695 students in 2008-2009, 94%... Read More