From the Director...

Welcome to Greater Summit County Early Learning Center. We are a stand-alone, Public Conversion/Charter public school, independent, public, and tuition-free. In 2009, we applied and were awarded a start- up grant that allowed us the freedom to create a school that is innovative and build a team of instructional leaders that were dedicated to research and implementing best practices for early learners. Our team expects to be held accountable for advancing student achievement, building an environment that embraces the ideas of children, and cultivates thinkers who will find solutions and change the world.

In the 2016-2017 school year, we remain even more committed to offering our school to the public and bringing forth a 21st century demonstration model that is intentional in its design for student learning.

Our school; Greater Summit County Early Learning Center serves children K-4 located at 2141 Pickle Road, Akron, OH 44312. This year we will house 143 students and their families. It is important that the public understands that as a public charter affiliate, we are bound by the same legal requirements of any traditional public schools in Ohio. We follow the New Learning Standards, State Testing, Governing Board Regulations, and Code of Regulations.

We are different in the way that we deliver educational learning formats and opportunities to children. Our environment is set up for children to “wonder” to promote developing research questions that they can pursue, and to be very hands on in their learning. Our project based approach is where learners work over an extended time period for a purpose beyond satisfying a school requirement. The purpose is to encourage learners to build something, to create something, to respond to a question they have, to solve a real problem, or to address a real need. Giving student voice and choice is always at the forefront as teachers facilitate the learning.

Our project based approaches fit needs to address the following four factors:

  • Common Core Standards
  • 21st Century Skills:
    • Creativity and innovation
    • Critical thinking and problem solving
    • Communication and collaboration
    • Flexibility and adaptability
    • Initiative and self-direction
    • Social and cross cultural skills
    • Productivity and accountability
    • Leadership and responsibility
  • Improves knowledge, skills and attitudes in our learners
  • Is more engaging than traditional instruction

The principles of STEAM; Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math are threaded throughout our project based learning. An integration of real life application across all content areas allows our learners and instructional leaders to provide purposeful learning and skill building at the same time!

We welcome your interest in our school and wish you a lifelong year and beyond of learning and wonder. Families and community members are valued at our place of learning. Feel free to contact me anytime at

With Urgency in the Work,

Mrs. Teresa M. Graves, M.Ed.

Posted: 8/8/2016

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