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International Families

Shaker Heights has long welcomed families from all over the world. We currently enroll students from more than 30 countries, including Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Kuwait, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. Our teachers and students appreciate the rich cultural mix that our international families bring to our community and schools.

The Shaker Heights schools offer a world of opportunities, including:

  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Shaker Heights High School, giving students a rigorous curriculum, a global outlook, and an edge in admission to colleges and universities all over the world.
  • The largest Advanced Placement program in the Cleveland area, offering college-level coursework in calculus, economics, history, physics, English, and biology, among others.
  • Five world languages, a Confucius Classroom at Shaker Heights High School, and nationally recognized Chinese language program for all students in grades 1-5.
  • A robust English Language Learners program currently serving about 200 students.
  • International travel opportunities including student and faculty exchanges with “sister schools” in China, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, and Japan.
  • Working relationships with Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, NASA, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and other educational, scientific, and cultural organizations.


Jill Damore, ELL Teacher
International Families Liaison
216-295-4020, ext. 4951

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