Cleveland School implements Core Knowledge Language Arts Program for grades K-2. Core Knowledge Language Arts Program is based on several decades of cognitive science research revealing that reading is a two-lock block, box that requires two keys to open. The first key is decoding skills, which are addresses in the skills strand of CKLA program. The second key is oral language, vocabulary, and background knowledge sufficient to understand what is decoded. These are covered in the Listening & Learning strand.  Together, these two strands unlock a lifetime of reading for all children.

Cleveland School implements Expeditionary Learning for Grades 3-8.  Expeditionary Learning schools inspire the motivation to learn, engage teachers, and students in new levels of focus and effort, and transform schools into places where students and adults become leaders of their own learning. We provide a model that challenges students – even those starting with low skill levels – with high-level tasks and active roles in the classroom. This model succeeds in urban, rural, and suburban schools and at every grade level.