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Lincoln-West School of Science and Health graduates first class

Nation's first school in a hospital has 100% college acceptance rate

Three years ago, MetroHealth and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District opened the Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the first high school in the nation located inside a hospital.

On the evening of June 21, 2019, members of the school’s first graduating class will walked across the stage to get their diplomas.

The Class of 2019 is remarkable:

  • More than a third speak English as a second language.
  • They achieved an average daily attendance rate of 91.7%.
  • All have been accepted to colleges and universities, including Hiram, Cleveland State, Bowling Green and Cuyahoga Community.

In addition to traditional academics, the students have spent the past three years immersed in an interactive environment of discovery at MetroHealth. They’ve worked with the hospital’s doctors, electricians, chefs and more as they gained real-world experience. And they each completed 200-hour internships with MetroHealth.

The first graduating class is small, less than two dozen, but the classes that will follow are much larger, including an incoming freshman class that numbers more than 100.

“We got our first graduating class through,” said Alan Nevel, MetroHealth Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Human Resources Officer. “There’s a sense of accomplishment, but we’re not done yet. There’s a lot of things we can do to refine and improve the program.

“We want to create advantages for the students in the market,” he added. “I’m selfish. I want them all to work for MetroHealth.”

See NewsChannel 5's coverage of the graduates by clicking here. 


About the MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers. Each day, our nearly 9,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable healthcare — through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services — that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit