"Onaway, an International Baccalaureate World School, is highly diverse."
Students enrolled 382
Hours 9:15 AM - 3:25 PM
School leader Amy L. Davis
Transportation options Yes
District Shaker Heights City School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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3115 Woodbury Rd
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

(216) 295-4080
(216) 295-4018
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4 stars
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April 17, 2014
I love this school since I moved here back in 2010 I always been a parent that is involved with my children and their education love the special ed teacher and the school teacher and principal I recommend this school it's not the school or teachers but if more parents were involved in their child education we wouldn't have as much problems.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
We consider ourselves fortunate to have such a wonderful school and just am importantly school community so close to our home. Our experience with teachers had been positive. They are supportive of our son and foster his natural desire for knowledge. The school support staff is like family to the students and parent involvement is amazing. When faced with options for relocation, we hesitate because we hate the thought of leaving Onaway.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2011
For a inner ring suburb with a mix of social classes, the school has a very small and close knit feel. The teachers and staff work well together and focus on the big picture. Because the the majority of the school's children walk to school, there is a lot of social interaction both before and after school - this allows both parents to socialize and plan, and kids to play with their "community". Most of the teachers (and principal) live in the city (and their children go to the city's schools), so they are seen around town and truly want all the schools to cooperate and do well.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
We sent our daughter there for kindergarten and put her in a private school the next year. This was very disappointing since we can see Onaway from our driveway. However, she ended the year being able to read LESS than she could when she started. Also, we audited the class two times through the year and were shocked at the behavior of the children and the staff's inability to control them. We felt bad sending our child there every day.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2011
I have a Kindergartner and a third grader at Onaway who are both receiving an excellent education. We moved here from out of state in the middle of last year, and our daughter's transition was made seamless. The principal, Dr. Cowan, is a very hands on and enthusiastic administrator. Not only are my children learning the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, but they are learning art, music, Chinese, physical education as well as life lessons obtained in this ethnically and socioeconomically diverse environment. Onaway is currently in the process of integrating the Internationaly Baccalaureate program, the goal of which is to "help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world." The atmosphere at the school is nurturing and fun and the children genuinely seem to enjoy their school and each other.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2011
I guess, it's about time someone put in a word for Onaway again, since the last review comment was in 2007. We have nothing to say but good about Onaway school. Our daughter started in Kindergarten knowing her letters, but not how to read at all. She is half-way through kindergarten now and has not only learned to read easy books, but is being taught elements of social, environmental, political (unbiased), historical, and art studies as well. She is getting an education that will, if it stays this way, result in a well-rounded student of the world. And who can ask for more!

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June 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
The teachers seem truly talented and interested in teaching, however there is something holding them back... it seems they are very limited by the administration's need to 'achieve' on the standardized tests. Creativity has disappeared and is NOT valued. We are considering private school for our children.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2007
We love Onaway School. Our kindergartner had a fantastic year. Our 7th grader also had a great K-4 experience at Onaway. The teaching staff is talented and dedicated. The district is responsive to parents input. The PTO is involved and has great events & supplemental programs. The atmosphere is warm, supportive and enriching. This district has an economically diverse population and Onaway does a great job teaching children at the appropriate level of instruction. One child in my daughters kindergarten class began the year without knowing any shapes, colors, letters or numbers. At the end of the year he was writing sentences. Incredible!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
Everyone says that they love this school it is wonderful but it just feels really strained. The teachers are great, well educated, and dedicated but they seem tired, stressed and overworked. The hallways and classrooms, music, art classes and gym are considered great programs but are very loud and unruly. Some parents are very involved, some not at all. More involvement is needed especially when the teachers can't do it all themselves. My child is learning but has a hard time concentrating. Too many kids, too loud.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
Onaway elem. is a terrific school. Both my son and daughter attended and they loved it. The teachers are devoted to the children and highly competent. Students attend PE three times a week, Art once a week and Music twice a week. The school also sponsors special programs after school. PTO is highly active and provides additional monies for programs and materials.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
The quality of the academic programs is extremely high. There's a strong community that supports students and teachers. The principal and the teachers are excellent. I have been very happy with nearly every aspect of the school. My only complaint is with the Enrichment Program. The Enrichment Program pulls kids who've tested high out of class to give them an enriching opportunity. Unfortunately, at Onaway the Enrichment Program is just a high powered test prep course. Constant testing and assessment is favored over imagination and creativity. Despite this one flaw, Onaway, is an exceptional program and students get lots of enrichment outside the enrichment program.

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April 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
Very high quality of teaching, strong leadership and a happy staff. Clean and bright classrooms, high parental involvement. A great school!

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Onaway is an International Baccalaureate World School that serves preschool-grade 4 students and is located near Woodbury School and Shaker Heights High School. The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Onaway integrates the Shaker Heights School district curriculum and the Ohio Academic State Standards with the principles of the IB programme. The units and lessons are designed to meet the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual needs of all students.

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Onaway Elementary School
3115 Woodbury Rd, Shaker Heights, OH  44120
(216) 295-4080
Last modified Onaway Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Onaway Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. Top