We must continue to provide challenging and engaging programs, safe environments, and the tools and resources our students need to be successful in the 21st century. Oftentimes, the biggest challenges our students face originate outside of the classroom, such as poverty, homelessness, hunger, violence and abuse. We must continue to cultivate partnerships that help our students overcome these challenges.
— Patrick Bravo

Accomplishments

Here are a just a few things Akron Public Schools has accomplished since 2012:

  • Creation of the $13 million Innovation Generation Scholarship Program at the University of Akron, available to all APS students
  • Completed construction of King CLC, our 29th Community Learning Center, part of the original $800 million Imagine Akron CLC Project
  • Began Segment 5 of the Imagine Akron CLC Project, which will include rebuilding Case Elementary and Ellet High School
  • Expansion of dual enrollment options that provide opportunities for APS students to earn college credit while in middle and/or high school
  • Expansion of the International Baccalaureate Program in the Firestone cluster
  • Expansion of career tech options that now include 33 different programs across 15 industries
  • Free breakfast and lunch for ALL APS students, regardless of income
  • Creation of the iC.A.R.E. mentoring program, providing year-round, one-on-one mentoring opportunities for at-risk students
  • Creation of alternatives to suspension that reduce out-of-school suspensions and lost classroom time
  • Implemented an elementary school extended school day pilot program
  • Re-organized board committee structure to ensure a more efficient, effective and responsive board
  • Hired a new CFO/Finance Director (Treasurer) to oversee district finances
  • Collaborated with the City of Akron, the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) and other partners to create Safe Routes to Schools
  • Created APS-Online, a new internet-based credit recovery pilot program, with the goal of expanding the opportunities created by the program
  • Implementation of the New Tech Instructional Model, a new project-based learning program, in the Buchtel cluster
  • Nearly eliminated the number of students at risk for retention through the 3rd Grade Reading Academy

Thanks to all of our APS administration, faculty and staff for their dedication to our students and our school district.  None of these initiatives would have been possible without their commitment and hard work!  

As board members, we are constantly looking for opportunities to improve what we do in support of our students.  And we are YOUR elected representatives on the Akron School Board.  We encourage you to reach out and let us know what you think we're doing well, and where you think we can improve.