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To Be a Neighbor

We’re fortunate that our school sits in one of the most dynamic and historic settings in all of Cleveland: University Circle and Glenville. We enter this space with curiosity and a desire to listen to and learn from the cultural centers, the community builders, the entrepreneurs, the researchers, and the artists in our new neighborhood.

Local organizations we have partnered with since opening our doors in 2020 include:

  • The Cleveland Foundation
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The Cleveland Public Library
  • Greater Collinwood Development Corporation
  • Twelve Literary Arts
  • The Architetta
  • Refugee Response
  • Time2Talk
  • The Music Settlement
  • Skye Confections
  • Healing Spaces
  • Rust Belt Riders
  • Dobama Theatre
  • Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation

Why partnerships are vital to our success

In order for our real-world problem-solving model to succeed, our students need to collaborate with people and organizations beyond Magnolia Drive. It is in working with professionals and in real-life environments that our students experience the “a-ha!” moments that are critical to our learning terrain.

We’ve seen this come to life in recent semesters both in and out of the classroom. In the spring of 2021, Mastery School students Sam Bowen ’23, Ethan Khorana ’24, Jillian Ungar ’23, & Niko Ustin ’24 partnered with Justin Bibb’s mayoral campaign to increase voter turnout. The result is VoteCLE, a resource for important voting information in local elections. Their continued dedication and work has already shown an impact in our local politics.

After meeting Daniel Gray-Kontar of community partner Twelve Literary Arts, Anaya and Ayana Harvey ’24 were compelled to continue their community advocacy beyond the Mastery School walls. Read more about their commitment to the Hough Youth Advisory Board here.

How do we all win in Cleveland?

We know students learn best — and report the greatest sense of fulfillment — when they’re actively engaged in work that matters. Take it from our student, Sam: “The biggest change for me is the reward incentive. It wasn’t gratifying to just get a grade, but seeing the work that you do actually become implemented and actually change something… that’s really special and really motivating.”

Rather than manufacture situations and problems, we challenge our students to take on the real-world problems around them. The best way to present these challenges and then tackle them is to work alongside the experts. We are grateful to be surrounded by innovation and industry as Cleveland continues to flourish.

The Mastery School nurtures thoughtful and engaged citizens who aim to contribute to a brighter future. Partner with us to launch their next steps into action — to the benefit of our greater community now and in years to come.

Ways to partner with MSH:

  • Macros are made successful with the partnership of organizations who have challenges to solve. Want help re-envisioning a design? Getting more people involved in your initiatives? Discovering your next marketing strategy? Partner with a relevant Macro to have our students problem solve alongside you.
  • Projects developed in Micros & Studio require expertise in all shapes and forms. Whether you are a videographer who loves to teach, a researcher developing your next publication, or an American Sign Language interpreter, our students benefit from what you offer to share.
  • Campus activities are enriched with partnership programs, especially in the performing and fine arts such as with organizations such as The Music Settlement and Dobama Theatre.
  • Our Community Advisory Board, see below, provides critical strategy and feedback as our school community continues to grow within the well-established University Circle and Glenville neighborhoods that encircle us.

Contact us if you or your organization would like to get involved. We can’t wait to meet you!

Community Advisory Board

We’re grateful to engage in a strategic effort to build meaningful relationships through convening a Community Advisory Board. This team of local leaders will serve as our compass as we strive to enter the community as a good neighbor. The CAB includes representatives of the following organizations:

  • Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
  • Famicos Foundation
  • Mary Bethune K-8 School
  • Mt. Zion Congregational Church
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Third Space Action Lab 
  • Twelve Literary Arts
  • University Circle, Incorporated
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