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A successful school district places a high degree of importance on ensuring that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential inside and outside of the classroom. This profile helps characterize the overall educational value of your school district in areas that matter most in our community.

Westlake City School District • 27200 Hilliard Blvd. • Westlake, Ohio 44145

A successful school district places a high degree of importance on ensuring that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential inside and outside of the classroom. The Willoughby-Eastlake Quality Profile helps characterize the overall educational value of our school district in areas that matter most in our community. 37047 Ridge Road • Willoughby, OH 44094 (440) 946-5000 •

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Board of Education President: Connie Newyear Vice President: Sharon Scott Members: Rena Perchinske Margaret Warner Amy Zuren

As a school board, we are committed to helping support and ensure that our children attend excellent schools. We strive to promote policies to keep our schools safe, academically competitive and attractive to community members and potential home owners. We Believe In: Keeping Students First Providing Quality Instruction Maximizing Time on Task


Student Quote

My experience and education at South have assisted me in discovering the person I am and that I want to be. The courses that I have been able to take have prepared me to take the next step in my education and towards my future. Without the challenging courses offered, I don’t think I would be able to pursue my ggoal oal of becoming a chemical engineer. – Andre Brown, Class of 2017

Willoughby-Eastlake’s academic programs provide opportunities for all students to reach their full potential. Mission: Willoughby-Eastlake graduates will be prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Goal: Improve Student Achievement Students First Quality Instruction Time on Task

Career and College Readiness Colleges Willoughby-Eastlake Class of 2016 Graduates are attending

Ohio Colleges: Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Bowling Green State University, Capital University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cuyahoga Community College, Heidelberg University, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, Lakeland Community College, Malone University, Miami University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Notre Dame College, Ohio University, Otterbein University, The Ohio State University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Findlay, University of Mount Union, University of Toledo, Ursuline College, Walsh University, Wright State University, Xavier University, Northwestern University, Illinois

Valparaiso University, Indiana

Eastern Michigan

Norwich University, Vermont

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York

Niagara University, New York

Seton Hall University, New Jersey

St. John’s College, Maryland

Pennsylvania Colleges: Allegheny College Duquesne University Edinboro University Slippery Rock University University of Pittsburgh Virginia Community College

Chapman University

Bellarmine University, Kentucky

San Diego State University

University of Kentucky Central Arizona College

University of Colorado Denver

West Virginia: West Virginia State University West Virginia University Wheeling Jesuit University

University of West Alabama


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Academic Quality Instruction from A Highly Qualified Staff: � 1 teacher was selected as the Ohio D.A.R.E. Educator of the Year � 1 teacher was selected to attend the Phil Mickelson Exxon Mobile Science Academy in New Jersey � 1 principal was named Lake County Administrator of the Year U.S. News and World Report awarded South High a bronze medal.

� 2 teachers were awarded the Adele Knight Award

� 4 teachers participated in national teacher training

� 6 Teachers are nationally board certified

� 8 Teachers are Google certified

� 13 average years of teaching experience

Career Technical Programs:

Career technical programs are offered to the students of Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools through the Excel TECC consortium. They are able to choose from 27 career technical programs. The programs taught in Willoughby-Eastlake are offered at two Northern Career Institute campuses, located in Willoughby and Eastlake. 84% of the graduates over the last two years from Northern Career Institute Willoughby were employed, in the military, or participating in post-secondary training.

� 72% of our teachers hold a master’s degree or higher

Class of 2016 Student Statistics

98% of the Licensed Practical Nursing school graduates were employed or furthering their education upon graduation.

� 626 Students graduated in 2016 � Grade Point of 4.0 or higher: 68 � AP Scholars: 41 � Students graduating with an honors diploma: 83

� Students joining the armed forces: 19 � Students earning an associate’s degree and high school diploma: 25 � Two students received national merit scholarship letters of commendation. 4

When surveyed one year after graduation, 96.4% of WilloughbyEastlake students participating in the Ohio Longitudinal Transition Study were employed in the fields of their choice.

In 2015, students participated in SkillsUSA competitions. A Willoughby-Eastlake career/tech student placed third in the country in the Welding Competition. In 2016, a Willoughby-Eastlake student placed first in the country in the Welding Competition.

Student Quote


As a ninth grader, I have already learned a lot. The teachers are honest, open and they communicate well. – Cassidy Leblang, class of 2020

Advanced Placement During the 2015-2016 school year, there were 16 Advanced Placement options available to students: • American Government • Art History • Biology • Calculus AB • Calculus BC • Chemistry • English; Language and Composition • English; Literature and Composition • Environmental Science • European History • Physics 1 • Physics C • Psychology • Spanish

• Statistics • U. S. History

414 high school students took a total of 696 AP Exams

Credits DUAL CREDIT: Students are able to take college coursework in Math, English and Social Studies while remaining on their high school campus. COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS: Partnerships with local colleges allow students to attend college and earn both high school and college credits. 4,505 College Credits were earned by our high school students through dual enrollment.

The Willoughby-Eastlake Preschool was Awarded a Five-Star Step Up to Quality Rating

Elementary School

����� The Willoughby-Eastlake Preschool began the year with 190 students. The program serves special needs and typically developing children (ages three through five years) in a variety of classroom settings. The program identifies and appropriately provides for the uniqueness of each child’s needs, characteristics and abilities.

Our elementary students participate in 375 minutes of math per week and 600 minutes of English/language arts per week. 5

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Students in Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools have the ability to participate in: Art I, Art II, Art III, Art IV, Advanced Placement Art History, Exploring Art, Graphic Design I, Ceramics I, Ceramics II, Art 6 and Art 8.

Art Scholarships for the Class of 2016 Included: Madison Link The Gund Family Scholarship Lauren Forney The “Rising Star” institutional grant to Virginia Marti College of Art and Design Alicia Telzerow Cleveland Institute of Art Robbie Bumback Cleveland Institute of Art

Student Awards: 2016 Lake and Geauga Counties Junior and Senior Art Show hosted by Lakeland Community College: more than 13 ribbons and 7 honorable mentions Gallery One: Cold Nose, Warm Heart Competition:


• 1st place ffor 15-18 year-old age category • 2nd place in 12-14 year-old age category • People’s Choice award • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Adaptive Art category

Participation in performing and visual arts inspires students’ creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Student Quote

Art means the world to me. I have spent my whole life discovering its exquisiteness and beauty. Having art in school allows me to express myself and show others who I am in a special and unique way. – Jenna Kerns, class of 2018

VISUAL ARTS Student artwork can often be seen displayed in locations such as The Lakeland Community College Main Gallery, the Willoughby Public Library, the Willowick Community Art Show, the Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools Board of Education, the Grant Elementary playground and on the City of Eastlake building, inspired by Native American Design.

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Music: Band & Choir

Music has been one of the fundamental building blocks of my life, always pointing me in the right direction, bringing inspiration and creativity. – Leann Bergan, North High Class of 2017

Students are able to participate in Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, 5th grade band, 6th grade band, 7th grade band, and 8th grade band. Students wishing to participate in vocal music begin in the 7th grade and in high school they are able to participate in Mixed Choir, Concert Choir, and the A Cappella Chamber Choir.

All choirs and bands performed multiple concerts in their home schools and in the community at venues such as: Breckenridge Village, community parades, Classic Park and the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

Students at North and South High Schools competing at OMEA Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event, and OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event (District & State levels) received several superior ratings and several outstanding ratings. Teach – Learn – Grow


Student Leadership & Activities A well-rounded education includes a wide variety of OPPORTUNITIES.

Nearly 200 thespians from North High School, Eastlake Middle School, Willowick Middle School and South High School produced four plays throughout the course of the year: A Christmas Chaos, Alice @ Wonderland, The Crucible and Guys and Dolls. The Dazzle Awards, modeled after the Tony Awards®, recognize outstanding musical theater productions and students. School performers from South High were nominated for seven of the eleven categories and won the Best Costume Design Award.

Beyond the Curriculum In order to ensure that students have workplace skills upon high school graduation, students are engaged in more than learning just curriculum content. While in classes, students work on projects in small groups and larger teams, learn how to effectively make presentations in front of their peers and adult audiences, and learn how to be respectful and responsible toward others. Willoughby-Eastlake students graduate with effective communication skills, solid decision-making skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with others.

Educational Alternatives for At-Risk Students through the Bridge to Success Program. � 57 students earned their high school diplomas through Without this program, these students may not have graduated. � Success Academy students had markedly improved academic success.


• Overall GPA growth = +1.71 GPA points • Overall improved attendance: 119.1 days • Overall decreased discipline occurrences: 72 occurrences • Overall improved reading MAP scores by +9 points • Overall improved math MAP scores by +15 points

Student Leadership & Activities Willoughby-Eastlake student athletes have numerous opportunities to grow physically, socially and emotionally through sports teams.

Students can compete in: Baseball • Basketball • Bowling • Cross Country Football • Golf • Soccer • Softball • Swimming Tennis • Track and Field • Volleyball • Wrestling Cheerleading • Competition Cheerleading Gymnastics • Lacrosse • Indoor Track and Field Booster clubs at both North and South High School assist to create opportunities for students. During the 2015-2016 school year, their donations totaled more than $120,000. Parent/Teacher Organizations in all of the WilloughbyEastlake City School buildings create countless educational opportunities for students and staff. Thank you for your generous support. Additional Programs Offered: Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports Programs OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Programs Monthly Board Meeting Presentations Bucket Filling Program Year Book Club Student Leadership Robotics Club Student Government Teams Volunteers Club Key Club Debate Team Academic Decathlon Team National Honor Society Science Club Rocket Club Power of the Pen – State Finalists Lake County Leadership Program and Ambassador Training Spelling Bee 9

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Fiscal Stewardship

Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools continues to provide a quality education to students while retaining its commitment to fiscal accountability. We are dedicated to the efficient disbursement of taxpayer dollars and work to ensure that the majority of those dollars continue to be spent on classroom instruction.

Auditor of State Award – WilloughbyEastlake City Schools won the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for a perfect audit in recognition of transparent operations and exemplary record keeping for the fiscal year 2015.

Total Expenditures $132,217,588.65

Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools is committed to pursuing vigilant spending practices in order to maximize taxpayer resources. Through implementation of vendor contracts, the district saved approximately $1.3 Million in transportation costs during the 2015-2016 school year. In addition to cost savings in transportation, Willoughby-Eastlake was able to end a budget deficit by engaging in a contract with Chartwells Incorporated. While providing superior food choices, this contract took the district from an average loss of $200,000 per year to a guaranteed profit of $175,000 per year year. Total Revenue



Fiscal Stewardship Saving Taxpayer Dollars Did you know? The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission recommended tearing down all Willoughby-Eastlake facilities due to building conditions. Passing the 2015 bond generated $115,750,000. Funds remain invested until the money is needed to pay for new construction and renovations.


Earnings from investments = $2,222,230 (to be used for additional renovations)

Employee time sheets will convert from paper to an on-line system.


Cost savings = $125,000 per year

Since Washington Elementary was in need of approximately $13M in repairs, the School of Innovation was purchased and renovated. Cost = $5.5M


Cost savings over new construction = approximately $19.5M

The Northern Career Institute in Eastlake was renovated. Cost = $5M


Cost savings over new construction = approximately $15M

Since the “Tech Center” was in need of approximately $33M in repairs, the Northern Career Institute in Willoughby was purchased and renovated. Cost = $5.5M


Cost savings over new construction = approximately $17.5M

Grants Grants totaling more than $593,000 provide enrichment opportunities in Willoughby-Eastlake classrooms. Thank you to those that make this possible. Willoughby-Eastlake Academic Boosters � Martha Holden Jennings Grants-to-Educators Program � The Rebel Families Teacher Educational Grants Ohio Academy of Science – Believe in Ohio � Northeast Ohio Autism Group � Lake Metroparks � PPG Innovative Classroom Grant � Straight A Fund Grants Lowe’s Home Improvement � Willoughby-Eastlake Schools Foundation

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Parent and Community Involvement Educational experiences are enhanced by partnerships between the school district and community.

Students have learned socially and academically through the following organizations and events: Fox 8 News Weather End 68 Hours of Hunger Sub Zero Project for Veterans Rotary Club Parent Teacher Organizations Parent Teacher Associations Public Library Summer Reading Program Family Literacy Night Father Daughter Dance Doughnuts with Dads Muffins with Moms Lions Club Vision Screenings Career Days PTA Movie Nights PTA Scholarship Programs School Carnivals Academic Parent Teacher Team Community Engagement Senior Volunteers School of Innovation Business Partners Booster Organizations Shop with a Cop Principal’s Night Elected Official Visitation Days Senior Volunteer Literacy Program Senior Pen Pal Program Curriculum Night Cleveland Browns, Give #10 Ice Cream Social Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Internet Awareness Program Principal’s Advisory Committee Prom Promise - Law Enforcement Agencies Volunteers of America Peer Tutoring Superintendent Business Advisory Committee Superintendent Facilities Committee Superintendent Building Design Teams Willoughby-Eastlake Schools Foundation

Community Participation Impacts Students When community members and local businesses donate their time and talents, students have increased opportunities to learn.

Parent and Community Involvement Student organizations and staff have given back through the following charitable events: Bulldog Jog Empty Bowls Project NESS Autism Dance Stocking Stuffers for Salvation Army Sweets for Soldiers Pinwheels for Peace Clean Up Eastlake Letters to Veterans Project Thomas Jefferson Technology Walkathon Hearts and Hammers – Willowick Heartland Nursing Home Singers Humane Society Fundraiser Purses with a Purpose Autism Walkathon City of Cleveland 2nd District Toy Drive Big Brothers/Big Sisters Volunteer Project Just Run Volley for the Cure Holiday-Lighting Ceremony Willoughby Socktober Blanket Drive Giving Tree Random Act of Kindness Day Senior Center Performances Veteran Christmas Card Projects Honor Local Heroes Day Amy’s Adoption Program Food Pantry Drives Broadmoor Basketball Games Make a Difference Concert United Way Fundraisers Relay for Life Senior Prom for local senior citizens Police Dog Memorial Fund Jump Rope for Heart Red Cross Blood Drive Veterans Day Appreciation Breakfast Mitten Collection Drive Lake Metroparks Volunteer Club

Students Give Back Students in Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools have donated more than $50,000 back to the communities in which they live, through fundraising events. In addition to cash contributions, they have collected more than 6,000 pairs of socks for homeless shelters, blankets, and more than 200 pints of blood.


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Student Services A variety of services provide options to ensure all students receive individualized instruction, enrichment and support.

Students in WilloughbyEastlake City Schools are given access to the latest technology in order to support quality instruction. � 3D Printers � Laser Cutters � Roland Mill � Vinyl Cutter/Printer � Chromebook Carts � Windows Laptop Carts � iPad Carts � Computer Laboratories � Printers

Wellness Clinic During the 2016-2017 school year, WilloughbyEastlake City Schools and Lake Health will open an on-site wellness clinic at the Northern Career Institute in Eastlake. The new facility will be operated by Lake Health and will offer services to district employees and their families.

Food Pantry The W-E Care Food Pantry, run by the WilloughbyEastlake classified staff was created to assist district families in need. Last year, 104 families received assistance from the pantry.

Student Facts Total enrollment: 8,481 Students identified as gifted: 18.4% Students identified with disabilities: 18.7% Students identified as English Language Learners: 1.4%


Student Services About the District � 13 Schools in the district � 275 Acres of land Employees maintain outdoor properties � 12 Employees and conduct indoor repairs � 145 Acres of grass are mowed weekly Million square feet of buildings � 1.23 Million are cleaned and prepared by 42 custodians � 55 Acres of parking lots are paved � 89 Buses daily � 7600 Students ar aree transported daily over 1,700 miles � 616,248 Meals were served last school year

Safety First: Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools works vigilantly to ensure student safety. The district has completed the following safety measures: installed Raptor visitor management software and protocols. • Adopted and installed All visitors are screened prior to entrance by a background check accomplished through their government issued identification.

• “Bull Pen” containment areas have been added to schools to limit direct access to students.


training has been completed in all school buildings, in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, in order to offer students and staff lifesaving tactics in the event of an aggressive intruder.

• MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communication System) radios have been

installed in all school buildings. These radios serve as a direct line to local police departments as well as the County Emergency Command Center in the event of a crisis.


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