We choose to educate our children in the Heights public schools

Dear Editor,

We have chosen to send our children to public school. We want to share with you our reasons for making this choice and the experiences we’ve had in the school district. We are proud of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District and love our community.

Did you know that 96 percent of Heights High School students graduate? Did you know that 95.5 percent of our African-American males graduate? Do you know the colleges that our 2008 graduates were accepted to? They include Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Howard University, George Washington University, Cornell and so many more. Did you know the Heights High Class of 2008 was offered more than $9 million in scholarships to attend college?

Sending our children to our local schools has built community in our neighborhood. Our kids, ages 6 and 10, often stay after school and play on the playground. They have play dates with other children in the neighborhood. On nice days, we walk or ride bikes to school. We've made friendships with other parents on the playground before and after school.

Attending the Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools has meant providing a culturally rich education for our children. It is preparing them to go out into our diverse world community and be able to interact comfortably with a wide range of people.

We are thrilled with the academics, the music programs and the arts. We are proud of our children’s teachers and the other staff who ensure the positive educational experience our children are having. During these tough economic times, we feel fortunate to be able to enroll our children in such an excellent public school district.

Joyce Roper & Chris Ball

Scarborough Road, Cleveland Heights

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 3:29 PM, 03.27.2009