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Part of the Akron Public School System   •   Akron, Ohio

East High       East Middle       Barber CLC       David Hill CLC       Mason CLC       Robinson CLC       Seiberling CLC


Click on the calendar below to see a list of events involving the schools of the East Cluster.

Have a
Safe and
Happy Summer

The new school year
begins on
August 27.

East High Band

Aug. 10 - 21
Summer band camp
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 7
East Akron
Labor Day Parade
8:30 a.m.
( details)

(Times shown are when band members need to report — not the time of the event.)

Fall Registration

Barber C.L.C.
Pre K - 6th grade
665 Garry Rd.

David Hill C.L.C.
Grades K - 6
1060 E. Archwood Ave.

Mason C.L.C.
Grades K - 6
700 E. Exchange St.

Robinson C.L.C.
Grades K - 6
1156 4th Ave.

Seiberling C.L.C.
Grades K - 6
400 Brittain Rd.

East C.L.C.
Grades 7-12
80 Brittain Rd.

Registration info

Kindergarten info

East High Sports

Varsity Football
Aug. 28 @ Jackson
7:00 p.m.

Football web site

J.V. Football
Aug. 29 vs. Jackson
10:00 a.m. @ East

Recognize this Teacher?

In case you don't, this is a student drawing of teacher Becky Taylor at Mason.

In conjunction with this year's teacher recognition banquet, students at each Akron Public School drew their impression of that building's nominee for teacher of the year.

Here are drawings of all the teacher-of-the-year candidates.

State Report Cards

Every year the Ohio Dept. of Education issues a report card for every school in the state. Evaluated are factors such as test scores, attendance, and graduation rates.

Listed below are the report cards for the schools of the East Cluster for the past two school years.


David Hill
East High & Middle


David Hill
East High & Middle


Ohio's Tax-Free Holiday

Save on back-to-school items

Some holidays can be quite taxing...but not this one.

By vitrue of Ohio Senate Bill 243, which became law in December, 2014, certain back-to-school supplies, clothing, and instructional materials can be purchased without paying any Ohio sales tax.

This tax savings is available from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 7, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 9.

So what kind of savings can be expected?   The rate of sales tax (combined state and local) in Summit County is 6.75%.   A back-to-school shopper making a qualifying purchase of $250 will avoid paying $16.88 in sales taxes.

Complete guidelines for the tax-free holiday are available on the Ohio Deptartment of Taxation web site here.

Additional detail on the tax-free holiday is available in a article here.


Not Quite Ready for College?

Stark State offers a boost

Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, several incoming East High juniors, whose test scores indicate they are a little shy of being college-ready material, will be offered the opportunity to close that gap.

Thanks to a $468,000 grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corp., Stark State College will institute the Stark Preparing Akron Students for Success ( PASS) program for 80 students from seven Akron Public high schools.

The program will consist of two years of college-level course work in English and math taught by Stark State professors.   The ten hour a week sessions will be held at East with testing and other activities to take place on the Stark State campus.

During their senior year of high school, participants will be offered the opportunity to attend class at Stark State and earn free college credit.


Ohio Schools
Come Up for AIR

Wide dissatistaction with the PARCC

Even before the first round of testing was complete, parents, teachers, students, and administrators expressed dissatisfaction with the PARCC, Ohio's choice of Common Core testing for math and language arts as provided by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

The tests required an inordinate amount of preparation and testing time, and forced many school districts to spend heavily to upgrade their technology in order to accommodate the PARCC test.

As part of the two-year Ohio budget for fiscal 2016-17 — passed by both houses of the legislature and signed by Gov. Kasich on July 1 — the contract with PARCC will not be renewed.

Instead, the AIR Assessment from the American Institutes for Research will become Ohio's choice of Common Core testing for math and language arts.   They already supply Ohio with non-Common Core tests for science and social studies.

The announcement of this change was made on July 1 by Richard Ross, State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Ohio Board of Education, in a conference call to the media.

While the PARCC test was administered twice during the school year, the AIR will be given only once beginning in the spring of 2016.

For additional info and detail about how these changes will affect the Akron Public Schools, read the Akron Beacon Journal article here.


Catch the Wave at Barber

Summer reading program offered

A summer reading program entitled "Catch the Reading Wave" will be held at Barber this summer.

Every Wednesday through August 26 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. students can listen to stories from guest readers and have a chance to read independently.

For more information, call the school at 330-761-7911 or click here.


Summer Learning Programs

High School

The dates for traditional summer high school, to be held at East, are June 29 through August 6.   The school day will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   For details, click here.

Middle School

Transitional summer school for students in grades 6 - 8 will be held at East from July 27 through August 7.   For additional details, contact Mark Black at 330-761-3079 or by e-mail.

Elementary School

The pre-fall program for incoming students in kindergarten through 2nd grade will take place from August 3-14.

For details, contact Mary Outley-Kelly at 330-761-3075 or by e-mail.

A Dream Comes True
at David Hill

Accessible playground equipment

The playground at David Hill is about to get a lot more inclusive.

Thanks to the efforts of non-profit Sammy's Dream, modifications will be made to the playground at David Hill to make it accessible for all students.

Former David Hill teacher and Sammy's Dream representative, Patti Radzyminski, led the effort to make this upgrade possible.

Said Akron Public Schools Executive Director of Business Affairs, Debra Foulk, "Not many of the A.P.S. elementary school playgrounds have 'inclusive play' equipment that can be used by students who are both disabled and nondisabled."

The playground upgrades are valued at about $63,000.

Radzyminski said the organization hopes to expand to other elementary buildings in the future.


College Suddenly
Gets More Affordable

Akron U. offering discount tuition

Good news for college-bound East High students.   Beginning with the fall, 2015, semester, the University of Akron will offer six general education courses at a greatly reduced tuition cost.

Instead of the current undergraduate rate of $359 per credit hour, these six courses will be offered for $50 per credit hour.

These reduced-tuition courses were originally proposed by the University in April, but still required approval by the Ohio Board of Regents.   On June 2, that approval was received from Chancellor John Carey.

The six courses, all three credit hours, are:

  • English Compostion I
  • Earth Science
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Basic Statistics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Exploring Music

The classes, all held on the main campus, will consist of a combination of classroom, on-line, and experiential instruction.

For more detail, visit the University's web site here.



Pancake Breakfast

The East High Alumni Group is sponsoring a pancake breakfast on Saturday, August 29, from 8:30-11:00 a.m. at Lock 3 in downtown Akron ( details).

Come and feast on a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice for a mere $5.00.


class reunion

Class reunion

East High Alumni
Association web site

Looking Ahead

College & Career

Some overlooked scholarship opportunities



test takers

ACT Aspire

Testing dates

Practice tests

Ohio Achievement

Ohio Graduation
Test info

Testing dates

Practice tests


math students

Brunner Math

Homework Spot

Khan Academy

Know It Now 24x7

Time for Kids

Aids to Deal
with Bullying

Bully Free:
It Starts With Me

The BULLY Project

Geo Listening

Stop Bullying Now!



2014 SAT results

East basketball

Finishing college

Four-Year Myth

The new SAT

O.G.T. phase-out

School start time

School vouchers

Student transfers

Texting & driving

Year-round schools


For a list of resources helpful to residents of the East Cluster neighborhoods , click here.

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What is a Cluster?

seven clusters The Akron Public Schools are divided into seven neighborhood groups or clusters — each headed by the high school located within that cluster.   The rest of the cluster is made up of the middle school that feeds into that high school and the various elementary schools that feed into that middle school.   The clusters were formed to increase community identity within a large school system.

The East Cluster schools work among themsevles, and with parent and community groups, to develop a partnership to best serve our student population.

The cluster concept helps to make a large school system much more personal and responsive to the needs of its students, parents, and the larger community.   The East Cluster has always been a very active, engaged cluster with great school and community pride.

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