Greater Cleveland LGBT Community Center (Photo credit: Cleveland Metropolitan School District)
Many of us in the LGBTQ community here in the US know how difficult it can be to grapple with our sexuality in high school. In a 2013 study by the US Department of Health, 61.6% of 7,898 students between the ages of 13 and 21 reported being bullyed in school and the school authorities did nothing. 55.5% of LGBTQ students reported feeling unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation and 38.7% because of their gender expression.
Through a partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Greater Cleveland’s LGBT Community Center is launching the School of One: Solutions to Global Problems at the LGBT Center. The School of One at the LGBT center is considered the first of its kind in the country and is a public school aimed at LGBTQ + students within an LGBT center.
In an interview with News 5 Cleveland, DaJon Battle, the district’s program administrator, stated that CMSD had no issues with The School of One:
“There was no pushback. Not off the board. Not from Eric Gordon (CMSD CEO). Not from a client. I literally went to my headmaster one day and said, “I want to open a school for one in the LGBT center.” And he said, “Okay.”
The LGBT center will also integrate its Queer Youth Initiative into classes on the curriculum as class credit, if this is appropriate in consultation with the teacher. This can be seen from the LGBT center’s page via The School of One, and teenagers who have a school in the center can also go straight into QYou programming after the school day is over.
For more information about The School of One, please visit the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland website at School of One or the School of One website.