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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, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building, and the 25 acres of green space around it, are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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