An International Baccalaureate World School
Lomond Elementary School was built in 1928. It sits on over 8.5 gorgeous acres. The building is a beautiful, well maintained Georgian-style brick and stone structure with tree-lined streets surrounding it. The front grounds of Lomond School boast beautiful shrubs, flowers, trees, and walking paths for children. The school is surrounded by landscaped grounds, including a learning garden created by Lomond’s PTO, an abundance of climbing and sliding equipment suitable for all students, two softball fields (the home field for the High School’s Varsity and Junior Varsity softball teams), and a soccer field. In addition, our large blacktop is perfect for kickball, jump rope and other games during recess.
Current enrollment at Lomond Elementary approximately 400 students. Our student body is comprised of 64% African American students, 21% white students, and 15% representing other ethnicities. Lomond has student representation from 18 countries. We have 64 staff members.
School parents are active partners with Lomond School. Teachers maintain close contact with parents via newsletters, texting, voicemail and email to keep them informed of their children’s progress. Teachers work cooperatively to meet students’ needs. Parent conferences are held in the spring and fall, and teachers are available by appointment. Lomond is a family-friendly environment where parent participation is welcomed.
Lomond has an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) which supports the school in many aspects. Many parents assist classroom teachers by attending field trips, helping with class parties or special projects, journal writing, etc. Parents created an outdoor learning garden and gazebo which teachers and staff use for outdoor learning experiences. PTO sponsors and organizes several events throughout the school year: an annual social at the beginning of the school year—the Blacktop Bash; a fall festival - Pumpkin Affair; and an annual Ice Cream Social each May to celebrate the end of the school year. Several fundraisers are also sponsored by PTO including Box Tops for Education, Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough, and Laps for Lomond - a 'fun'draiser where students are sponsored to run laps on the field. Funds raised by PTO are used to support the school through assemblies, artist-in-residence programs, teacher grants and parent programs.
Lomond Elementary is a vibrant community of learners. We offer solid grounding in the basics, excellent art, music, physical education, and library media programs. Computer instruction begins in kindergarten and is developed throughout the grades.
Beginning with full-day kindergarten, children are exposed to the joy of reading, the thrill of seeing their thoughts transformed into written stories and published books, and the hands-on application of scientific and mathematical concepts. The foundation of the K-4 curriculum is a whole language philosophy used in conjunction with phonics, hands-on mathematics and science instruction, and creative problem solving. The regular classroom teacher provides daily instruction in mathematics, language arts, social studies and science.
Students learn computer basics beginning in kindergarten and incorporate technology into their work in many subjects. Each classroom has at least three computers and one Smart Board, and all classrooms are equipped with projection learning systems. Each class works in the computer lab one to two times per week. The lab is outfitted with 26 networked student computers and two teacher work stations.
Students in each grade receive scheduled instruction from specialists in art, music, library use, and physical education. Introductory Mandarin Chinese is taught to all first to fourth graders. An enrichment teacher is available to help teachers plan extended and challenging learning experiences for children.
Field trips help bring the curriculum to life. Destinations for K-4 students include the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Holden Arboretum, Cleveland’s renowned Museum of Art and Natural History Museum, the planetarium at Shaker Heights High School, and the Shaker Historical Society, among others.
Additional Support for Students
When needed, support is available from a school nurse, a speech-language pathologist, an occupational therapist, a school psychologist, a teacher of English as a second language, intervention specialists, kindergarten reading support teachers and skills teachers for grades 1-4. Additional tutoring is available to students before and after school in the areas of reading and math.
International Baccalaureate Program
Lomond School became an authorized IB School in the spring of 2012. Lomond underwent a self-study and reauthorization in the spring of 2016. IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education - that we believe is important for our students. Through the exploration and re-exploration of concepts students develop an understanding and appreciation of ideas that transcends disciplines. Within this concept based curriculum teachers strive to make each learning experience authentic, relevant and transdisciplinary. The culminating event for the IB program is the Fourth Grade IB Exhibition. Fourth grade students work in small groups, with the support of their IB Mentor (volunteers from the district or from the community) for approximately 8 weeks researching a topic of their choosing relating to the transdisciplinary theme of Sharing the Planet. Students engage in authentic experiences to support their research. At Exhibition, students present their research findings for family, friends and community members. For more information on transdisciplinary curriculum, please visit our International Baccalaureate page and view our Programme of Inquiry.
Extra Curricular Activities
A student newspaper club is under the direction of parents who help the students write, edit and publish the paper, “The Lomond Wave”, twice a year. The Garden Club maintains our Learning Garden throughout the school year. Our PTO sponsors an after school Chess Club. We also have a Student Action Group, a group of fourth graders who volunteer their time to assist us with projects and with welcoming visitors to the school for Tour Your Schools Day.
Community volunteers enrich our instructional program helping children with reading and math. The Shaker Heights Department of Community Life, a unit of City government, provides fee-based child care before and after school at each building. Bus transportation is provided free of charge to students who live one mile or more from Lomond. Breakfast is available daily. Students may purchase a hot lunch or bring lunch to school. Milk is available for purchase.