Our Unique Approach

The Intergenerational Schools are an award-winning network of public charter schools in Cleveland that help children learn at their own pace in a diverse and supportive community environment.

Our schools have small, multi-age classes that allow children to learn and teach alongside older adults who serve as learning partners.

Our Unique Approach

Open to All

The Intergenerational Schools are public, nonprofit charter schools, which means any student can attend for free. Our performance is measured alongside traditional public schools through state testing, but the charter model allows us the flexibility to innovate.

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Where Students Thrive

Since 2000, we have been challenging the status quo in elementary education, and our approach has been recognized in Cleveland and internationally. Our schools perform well in state tests, our teachers both nurture and model lifelong learning as professional educators, and our learning partnerships enrich our classrooms and neighborhoods. Most importantly, our families feel welcomed and our students thrive in school and beyond.

Near West Intergenerational School

Our Three Locations

Our founding school, TIS - East, opened in the Buckeye - Shaker neighborhood in 2000. Since then we have opened Near West Intergenerational School in Ohio City, and Lakeshore Intergenerational School in Collinwood.


The Intergenerational School - East
11327 Shaker Boulevard Suite 200E
Cleveland, Ohio 44104

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Near West Intergenerational School
3805 Terrett Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Near West Intergenerational School

Lakeshore Intergenerational School
18025 Marcella Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44119

Lakeshore Intergenerational School

Take the Next Step

We would love to welcome you and your child to our intergenerational community. Whether you would like more information or are ready to start your application, we are here for you!