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Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Ohio City

Paul Dunbar School seeks more students for arts infused program

(Plain Press, July 2015) The Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Paul Dunbar School at 2159 W. 29th Street, just South of Lorain Avenue in the Ohio City neighborhood, is actively recruiting new students for the 2015-2016 school year.

Principal Sofia Piperis, just starting her second year as principal of the school, says the school, which serves children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, features an arts infused program. Piperis says, “Our students engage in the arts and are immersed in arts experiences through our partnerships with the Cleveland Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Progressive Arts Alliance, Cleveland Orchestra, Arts Renaissance for Kids and much more. This coming year, Dunbar scholars, in partnership with Disney and Playhouse Square will have the opportunity to put together a full production of a Disney musical.”

Piperis says the school has two stages where plays can be performed. Piperis also hopes students can perform on the stage at the St. Ignatius High School Breen Center. The school will be offering violin lessons through a partnership with the Cleveland Orchestra and the arts room in the building is equipped with a kiln.

Principal Piperis says, “Along with a rigorous academic model, we engage students through arts infused instruction. Students participate in instructional thematic units that incorporate the arts through dance, theater, visual arts, and instrumental and vocal music.”

Dunbar School offers a wide range of activities, which include student support programs. Horizen Education Centers offers before and after school care program at the school. St. Ignatius High School sophomore service program provides mentors and tutors. Cleveland State University and Miami University provide college students the opportunity to work with Dunbar scholars and offer instructional support in the classroom.

Paul Dunbar is open to students throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. A tour of Paul Dunbar’s new facility and an information session on the school is scheduled for July 30th from 6- 8 p.m. Parents can call 216-551-6506 to sign up.

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