Say Yes Cleveland announces third group of CMSD & charter schools to receive support services starting in the 2021-2022 school year

CLEVELAND, OH (May 24, 2021) Say Yes Cleveland (SYC) has announced the 3rd cohort of schools that will receive Say Yes support services, starting in the 2021-2022 school year. The addition of these 26 schools – 18 elementary schools and 8 high schools – brings the total number of schools receiving SYC support services to 68, or approximately 65% of all CMSD and eligible charter schools. Additionally, SYC has released the current list of remaining CMSD schools that will receive support services beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. (The full list of schools in the 3rd and 4th Say Yes cohorts are included at the end of this release.)

The 3rd cohort adds three more charter schools that will be receiving support services, including, for the first time, a charter high school, Horizon Science Academy. As a high school, Horizon will not only receive support services, it will also be the first charter school whose eligible graduates can receive Say Yes Cleveland postsecondary scholarships, beginning with the Class of 2022. To be eligible for the Say Yes scholarship, new Horizon graduates will need to: 1) be enrolled in Horizon or a CMSD high school continuously from the beginning 9th grade (or from the start of the 2021-2022 school year for current students) through graduation, and 2) continuously reside within the geographic boundaries of CMSD or the City of Cleveland throughout high school.

“Despite the challenges of the last year, we’ve seen how important it has been to stay on schedule and expand our support services to more of Cleveland’s children,” said Diane Downing, executive director of Say Yes Cleveland. “At the beginning of this past school year, we expanded our support services from 16 schools to 42. We’ve learned that these services are a crucial lifeline for students and families, now more than ever. That’s why we’ve stayed aligned with the original Say Yes Cleveland strategy to have services in 100% of CMSD and partner charter schools by 2023.”

Though SYC support services are being rolled out over four years, all eligible seniors at all CMSD high schools – and now Horizon Science Academy Charter High School – can access Say Yes postsecondary scholarships now, whether their school has support services yet or not.

Say Yes Cleveland support services include: a Family Support Specialist in each school; the Say Yes Postsecondary Planning System, which helps identify student needs and enables the family support specialist to connect them with services and support; access to free legal services and mental health services; and, in the future, afterschool and summer programming.

3rd Cohort of Say Yes Cleveland Support Service Schools, for the 2021-2022 School Year


  • A. J. Rickoff
  • Artemus Ward
  • Charles Dickens
  • E Prep and Village Prep Willard Campus*
  • Euclid Park
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy
  • Kenneth W. Clement Boys’ Leadership Academy
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Luis Munoz Marin
  • Mary B. Martin
  • Near West Intergenerational*
  • Patrick Henry
  • Riverside
  • Robinson G. Jones
  • Scranton
  • Tremont Montessori
  • Walton
  • Whitney M. Young


  • Bard High School Early College
  • Cleveland School of Architecture & Design
  • Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts
  • Collinwood
  • Design Lab Early College High School
  • Garrett Morgan School of Leadership and Innovation
  • Horizon Science High School*
  • Lincoln-West School of Science and Health


(* Charter School)


4th Cohort of Say Yes Cleveland Support Service Schools, beginning in the 2022-2023 school year

At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, all remaining CMSD schools will beginning receiving Say Yes Cleveland support services. These currently include the schools listed below.


  • Adlai E. Stevenson
  • Alfred A. Benesch
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Charles A. Mooney
  • Clara E. Westropp
  • Daniel E. Morgan
  • Denison
  • Dike School of the Arts
  • Douglas MacArthur Girls’ Leadership Academy
  • East Clark
  • George Washington Carver
  • Marion C. Seltzer
  • Harvey Rice
  • International Newcomers Academy
  • Miles
  • Mound
  • Nathan Hale
  • Newton D. Baker School of the Arts
  • Paul Dunbar
  • Robert H. Jamison
  • Valley View Boys’ Leadership Academy
  • Waverly
  • William Cullen Bryant



  • Glenville
  • International Newcomers Academy-High School
  • John F. Kennedy
  • John Marshall School of Engineering
  • John Marshall School of IT
  • The School of One



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