East Cluster to Add Sixth Grade to Middle School

On the Move
Posted on 03/28/2023
Image of March 27 Board MeetingSixth-grade students in the East cluster of Akron Public Schools are moving this fall to the middle school building at East Community Learning Center.

Robinson, David Hill, Seiberling, Barber and Mason community learning centers will now be K-5 and East CLC (middle and high schools) will be 6-12.

East will join Buchtel CLC and Firestone CLC in using this model. All three have middle schools essentially connected to their high schools.

The main positive impact on sixth-grade students will be, according to Interim Superintendent Mary Outley, increased instructional time at East CLC because the school day is longer at middle schools than at elementary schools. Students would also have access to the East middle school college and career academy projects, which involve partnerships with area non-profits.

The superintendent assured the district would make sure that a transition plan is put into place in a thoughtful way to aid the movement of sixth-grade students to East CLC.

Also at Monday's meeting, the board continued debating plans that include options such as building a new North High School, a new school in the Kenmore neighborhood, and the closing of some elementary schools and so-called legacy buildings. Consideration is also being given to the pending closing of the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School in the former Central-Hower High School that is being leased from The University of Akron.

That lease is set to expire in the fall. A decision on all of this may come in early April.

Image of March 27 Board Meeting
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