Winner of National Eisner Prize '14, Ranked Top 5 K-8 Schools in Cleveland by Cleveland Transformation Alliance

Preparing Life Long Learners

Near West Intergenerational School is one of the top-rated elementary and middle schools in Cleveland, and the top-rated school in Ohio City's thriving neighborhood. With our innovative intergenerational approach to learning, our students are challenged, nurtured, and encouraged by teachers, peers, and senior mentors daily. 

Upcoming Events


November 2016 Board Meeting

November 16th @ 6:00pm @ Near West Intergenerational School @3805 Terrett Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113. Meeting is free and open to the public. 



Serving Grades K-8

Near West Intergenerational School serves students in grades K-8. Learn more about current availabilities or for next school year.

Top-Rated, Tuition-Free

Near West Intergenerational School is a top-rated, tuition-free public charter school. Explore our students' outstanding results.

In Heart of Ohio City

We are located in Ohio City, near West 38th and Bridge. Our address is 3805 Terrett Ave. Come for an Information Session!

Intergenerational Approach

Our nationally-recognized intergenerational approach to learning has revolutionized the classroom. 

Near West Intergenerational School - Meet Us!

A Community of Intergenerational Learners

We're proud to say that Near West is no ordinary school. Our students work together in Learning Clusters, not traditional grades. Our students work with groups of senior citizens in our community. And we're all working on being #LifeLongLearners. Our innovative intergenerational approach was pioneered right here in our schools, and has since been studied nationally and internationally. We're proud of our unique approach, connecting students with learners of all ages. Our school is led by Principal Molly Toussant and Assistant Principal Janelle Horton, and was founded by our Chief Educator Dr. Cathy Whitehouse, with a group of pioneering parents and community supporters.

Ready to Take The Next Step?

Early Enrollment for the 2016/17 school is now open. Our school is public and open to all families, but we do have limited spaces due to our small class sizes (only 17 students per class). If you are interested in securing your child's spot for next year, please consider taking action sooner than later. Thanks for your interest!

Schedule a Call

Would you like to schedule a call to learn more about our school? Fill out this quick form (it takes about 30 seconds to fill out) and we'll call you!

Come In For A Visit

Attending one of our Information Sessions is the best way to see if Near West is right for you and your child. Tour our school, meet staff and families, and get to know NWIS. 

Start Application

Ready to start your child's application? Great! Get started here. You can save your account as you go, and always contact us with any questions.