Get To Know Near West Intergenerational School

School Leadership

Molly Toussant, Principal

Molly Toussant has been a teacher since 2001, teaching K, 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in Cleveland, Denver, and Arlington, VA (DC area). She taught her first year at The Intergenerational School on the east side of Cleveland. 

Principal Toussant graduated from John Carroll in 2001 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a Concentration in English and Communications. She earned her Masters in English Teaching Writing from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2004. In 2015, Molly graduated from George Mason University with a Masters in Educational Leadership.

Molly is a reader, writer, and proud auntie to a niece, a nephew, two dogs, and a cat. The best part of her job is getting to know all of our students, families, staff, neighbors, and community members who make NWIS and Ohio City a great place to be.

Grades Served

Near West Intergenerational School Serves Grades K-8.

School History

Near West Intergenerational School was founded in 2011 by The Intergenerational School and a group of parents committed to the Ohio City neighborhood. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Cathy Whitehouse & Dr. Peter Whitehouse, The Intergenerational School has consistently been recognized as one of the leading public charter schools in the country. TIS is located in Cleveland, Ohio, serves grades K-8, and is a free public school.


Our school is governed by the following volunteer  members:

  • Erica Adlakha, Board Chair (
  • Mark Charvat, Vice Board Chair (
  • David Atton, Finance Chair (
  • Molly Wimbiscus, MD (
  • David Merriman, MA (

2017-2018 Board Calendar

  • August 23, 2017 @ NWIS
  • September 26, 2017 @ LIS
  • October 25, 2017 @ TIS
  • December 5, 2017 @NWIS
  • January 23, 2018 @ LIS
  • February 28, 2018 @ TIS
  • March 28, 2018 @ NWIS
  • April 24, 2018 @ LIS
  • May 30, 2018 @ TIS
  • June 27, 2018 @ NWIS

All board meetings are open to the public and begin at 6pm.

College Credit Plus

Near West Intergenerational School participates in the College Credit Plus program (CCPP) which  enables students to earn credit toward a degree from an institution of higher education while enrolled in  middle school. Seventh and eight graders may be eligible based on academic, personal, financial and educational criteria and must express interest between February 15th and April 1st. More information is available by contacting the Principal of the school.

Mission & Vision

Our Mission: The Intergenerational Schools connect, create and guide a multigenerational community of lifelong learners and spirited citizens.

Our Vision: The Intergenerational Schools are successful Intergenerational Learning Communities that are transforming Cleveland, and the world, into a better and more equitable global community.  The Intergenerational Schools will serve as a model to encourage and assist other communities to create similar learning environments.

Innovative Academic Program

Our educational model was born from the desire to create a school that honored and respected children and enabled them to each learn in a time frame and manner that suited their individual capabilities. To do this meant rejecting age as the single most important factor in organizing the educational environment and experiences.

Our schools were founded on two mainstay principles:

  • Learning is a lifelong developmental process
  • Knowledge is socially constructed

Academic Results

Near West Intergenerational School is rated the #1 public school in Ohio City by the Ohio Department of Education, and as a Top 5 school among all schools in Cleveland by the Cleveland Transformation Alliance. Read more about our results here:

Sponsor Compliance

We proudly partner with Cleveland Metropolitan School District to sponsor our school for Ohio Department of Education compliance. For their latest annual  report please visit the link below:

CMSD Annual Sponsor Report


Some of our extracurriculars / after school programs include:

The Music Settlement

Near West Recreation Center

TaleSpinners Children's Theater


Dress Code & School Uniforms

Our basic dress code is different color polo shirts for each learning cluster. Please find our full dress code and uniform policy here


Our school policy is available here.