Accredited Academic Program
Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy (CASSA) has a school culture and climate that is built around the motto “Raising children together.” In order to successfully raise children, CASSA sets high expectations for student success academically. Parents, teachers, staff members, and scholars work together to ensure academic achievement. CASSA has achieved academic success through uniform scheduling, rigorous curriculum, and data analysis for the creation and implementation of individualized student achievement plans. CASSA is accredited by Cognia™ for meeting the highest standards of education in ongoing third-party review. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in College Credit Plus starting in Grade 7—a dual enrollment program where students can earn college credit through Tri-C and Cleveland State.
At Cleveland Arts & Social Sciences Academy, we provide a standards-based curriculum that teaches students skills for college and career readiness. Our curriculum is built on the Ohio Learning Standards (OLS) for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual Arts, and Physical Education. Cleveland Arts & Social Science Academy students are instructed in six subject areas:
English Language Arts
We help students develop vital communication skills, while inspiring a love of literature. Younger children learn phonics and grammar and prepare for reading through multi-sensory activities, while older students learn to comprehend and analyze both fiction and non-fiction. The program emphasizes classic works and writing as a process.
We balance fundamental skills with critical thinking and problem solving. Our active approach ensures that students understand the realities that underlie mathematical concepts. Games and animations bring concepts to life, while challenge problems, regular practice, and review ensure mastery. We build from the concrete to the abstract as students move from basic skills toward algebra.
Our Science program uses hands-on experiments to support the systematic study of life, Earth, and the physical sciences. We nurture curiosity as students practice observation and analytical skills. Students learn how our understanding of the world is shaped by ongoing scientific and technological advances.
Organized physical education gets children exercising regularly. We teach students important concepts of teamwork and sportsmanship, as well as promoting general health and well-being.
Lessons in Art Appreciation to develop understanding in form, style, and structure. Art Projects for students to explore their individual creativity and expression.
Our school is built on a strong foundation of high expectations for academic achievement for all students. Our instructional
model has four key components to achieve strong academic results:
Students participate in a variety of learning activities each day that individualize instruction for each subject area. Students receive whole class instruction, small group instruction, and individual instruction with teachers, technology and other curricular tools.
Properly Certified & Licensed Teachers
Our teachers meet the educator qualification requirements outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Bachelor’s degree, grade-level teaching license/certificate & ability to demonstrate subject area expertise. Our teachers are supported by trainers and participate in continuous, research-based professional development. Our teachers are accountable for student learning and rewarded for high quality performance.
More Time on Task
Our students receive double the instruction in ELA and Math to provide a strong foundation for all learning. Beginning with full-day Kindergarten, our school also follows a longer school day and school year than many other schools.
Short Cycle Assessments
Student knowledge of academic standards is assessed formally and informally in short cycles by each teacher. Our teachers adjust class-level and individual instruction based on student performance in these frequent intervals.
Cleveland Arts & Social Sciences Academy Wins Four 2023 Accely AwardsCongratulations to CASSA for winning four Accely awards at the annual leadership summit held this July. The school was recognized for outstanding academic performance, earning the highest overall test scores amongst like-kind schools in the ACCEL network. Recognizing the hard work and success of our schools and school leaders is…
Re-Enrollment Open for Fall 2023Our annual re-enrollment process is now open for current families! Invitations have been sent via email to re-enroll using the method that is most convenient for your family (online at https://bit.ly/3wPVsCi, in-person, or paper form). Your early decision and response helps us plan effectively for the upcoming school year. Thank…
Join the Wellness Committee!The Local Wellness Policy is a written document that guides a local educational agency's (LEA) or school district's efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students' health, well-being, and ability to learn. The Wellness Policy Committee has been created as an effort to manage and develop our school's healthy…
Why We Teach the ArtsFrench artist Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage,” and we wholeheartedly agree! Whether painting or sculpting, dancing or acting, singing or playing an instrument, artistic expression requires skill and bravery. And the rewards for cultivating creativity are limitless! That’s why arts education is an important part of our educational offerings. …
Cleveland Arts & Social Sciences Academy is open to all students and committed to supporting special needs. Please contact us if you have a child who may need special education and related services.