The Aspire Program is designed to empower adolescent girls to imagine new possibilities for themselves, their education, and their community.
  • By targeting intelligent and self-motivated middle school girls who may be limited in opportunity because of low family income or lack of exposure to higher education
  • By developing partnerships with under-resourced Cleveland-area public schools
  • By offering a tuition-free program that consists of core academic classes, innovative workshops, and leadership training.
  • By designing high school level programming that increases college access.

Aspire empowers remarkable high school and college students to become effective advocates for education.

  • By targeting talented young people who are passionate for their subjects and care about students' learning.
  • By building a network with leading colleges and high schools
  • By offering mentorship to prospective teachers and supporting innovation and creativity in the classroom


  • A challenged educational landscape leaves many bright students behind in our region. 
  • There's a pressing need for innovation and talent in our schools.
  • Achievement gaps persist. 
  • Most students do not take a rigorous course of study in high school. 
  • Graduation rates are low and there's an alarming gap between urban and suburban rates.
  • Despite the fact that a new job economy calls for more college degrees, Ohio’s education attainment rates are low, ranking 37th in the nation with respect to the percentage of adults (ages 25 through 64) with a bachelor’s degree.
  • High poverty rates in Cleveland mean many more students are likely to drop out of high school and are less likely to enroll in college. 
  • Students do not see how success in school will translate to success in life, so a new commitment to personalized learning experiences and supportive learning communities is needed.

How Aspire Addresses Needs

Concerns     Solutions offered by Aspire    
Achievement/ Preparation Gap  
  • Focus on low-income communities and minority students
  • Target girls who lack exposure to higher education
  • Tuition-free program
Risks to Adolescent Girls  
  • All-girls program
  • Emphasis on personal development 
  • Leadership training
  • Close relationships with role models
Crowded Schools and Large Classes  
  • Low student-teacher ratio
  • Classes of 10-12 students
  • Small groups
Lack of Educational Summer Opportunities  
  • Academic summer sessions coupled with year-round component
Shortage of Quality Teachers  
  • Three-tiered teaching teams that offer guidance and support
  • Target diverse college and high school students interested in education

Shaker Heights, Ohio Girls K-12 Coed Early Childhood

19600 North Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 P: 216.932.4214
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