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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

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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