SuccessTech Academy

SuccessTech Academy was an alternative public high school in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It is part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. A grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helped to establish the school, which opened to enrollment in the 2002-2003 school year. SuccessTech Academy offers a technology infused high school curriculum with a focus on problem and project based learning.

SuccessTech Academy
SuccessTech Academy team fields questions
at the sixth annual Buckeye Regional Robotics Competition
1440 Lakeside Avenue

School typePublic, high school
School districtCleveland Metropolitan School District
SuperintendentEric Gordon
PrincipalPhillip Schwenk
Staff30 teachers
Enrollment270 (2010-2011)
Color(s)Royal Blue and Platinum
NicknameThe Royals

All 59 students in the school's first senior class (2006-2007) were college-bound.[1]

As of the 2009-2010 school year, SuccessTech's graduation rate was 94.9%[2]

Mission statement

We, the learning family of SuccessTech Academy, will graduate self-directed problem solvers with clear personal, academic, and professional goals focused on responsible citizenship.

School shooting

A school shooting occurred on October 10, 2007. A 14-year-old student, Asa Coon, shot two teens and two faculty members at the school. According to Cleveland Division of Police, the student fatally shot himself. The student was reportedly angered over a suspension given to him earlier in the week, and school authorities confirmed he was not supposed to be at school on that day. Police said that the student had entered the school with two revolvers, one in each hand, and began firing.[3] According to law enforcement personnel the shootings took place on the third and fourth floor when at that time the lockdown announcement, "Code Blue" was made.


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