School Details

Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Elementary

4430 State Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 661-7888

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-4 200 students 17 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade


Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Elementary average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Elementary average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Elementary is a charter elementary school in Cleveland. The principal of Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Elementary is Mrs. Cherie Kaiser, who can be contacted at 200 students go to Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Elementary and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 35% of the 200 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 50% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Elementary is 17:1. St Mary Byzantine School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 71% 71%
Multiracial 6% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Hispanic 17% 17%
Asian 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 50%
Economically disadvantaged 35% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I agree with the first review....I have no idea why Old Brooklyn would get a 5 out of 10. I would definitely give it a 10 out of 10. I have a special needs child that attends the school and it has been nothing less then a great experience. They are very dedicated to the students and the parents. The elementary prinicpal is the best they come! She is so dedicated to the school the kids and the parents. We are very happy with the school.

  • (8 months ago)

    This is a great school and all the teachers my daughter has had so far have been wonderful! I dont know why this school is a 5 out of 10 because I would rate it 10 out of 10. My daughter has learned so much. She is a bright student and has been given classwork and homework to match her skill level to keep her challenged. All the students that my child attends with are great kids. I haven't had any issue with bullies. The only thing I dont like is dismissal. The staff has really dedicated lots of time and effort in improving this but they are limited because there is no buses and there are busy streets surrounding the school and a small parking lot. Worth it to have a good school though.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son attends K at OBCES. The teachers are very dedicated to their students and have phenomenal communication with the parents! I recommend this school to my friends in the neighborhood with children approaching Kindergarten!

  • (6 years ago)

    Living in the city of Cleveland I honestly do not know what I would do without OBCS. I have three children who attend. The staff is totally dedicated to our children.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is in third grade at obcs and i love this school im proud to have my son attend this school

  • (7 years ago)

    My son goes to OBCS and I love it. The staff is great and always present. They actually care about the kids that attend there school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Both of my daughters have attended Old Brooklyn Community School since kindergarten. My elder daughter started with the school in the old St. Luke's Church facility. The school has weathered all sorts of changes it has relocated twice and it changed its curriculum from Montessori to character education. The curriculum change although necessary was hugely unpopular. I personally still miss the Montessori method. But I don't see any other Cleveland public schools educating their children so well so happily and so safely as the staff at Old Brooklyn. I think the principal is truly dedicated to giving each child a valuable educational experience and she has a knack for finding absolutely terriffic teachers. The staff here is great the parent volunteers are highly motivated and involved and the students continue to thrive.

  • (7 years ago)

    My child whole goals and out look has changed f0r the better...she can't wait to attend school each day thank you

  • (7 years ago)

    My son started 1st grade at OBCS last year. This year he will be joined by his brother who is entering Kindergarten. The school has done wonders with my eldest son who was failing behind academic standards but excelling beyond his class at a Cleveland Public school. The staff is marvelous they are friendly professional and caring. It's a safe and nurturing environment for children. The only area lacking is extra curricular activities. Overall a great school.

  • (8 years ago)

    My children have been at this school for 7 years. It has undergone many changes yet through it all they have been able to maintain the best and most committed teachers who take an interest in each child. They gave extra help to my son when he was falling behind and now he tests above average in most of his classes. They also gave more challenging class work to my other child who is advanced and works at a grade level 3 levels above her age. I feel the school is safe nurturing and committed to a quality education and more. I don't agree with everything but that is the way it is at every school. I reccomend this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school was started as a Montessori School in the late 90s. When we toured the school in 2005 we were told it was still Montessori. But on the last day of school in 2006 parents were informed in a letter that the school would now follow a traditional curriculum. What a big change to make with no input from the parents and no advance warning! Those of us who want our children in a Montessori school did't have time to transfer schools because of the last minute notification. The principal when asked about the changes passed the buck and blamed it on the Board of Directors. And at the next board meeting the directors made it clear that they were not interested in the parents' concerns. The Constellation schools are a good alternative in Cleveland. But talk to experienced parents to get the real story before signing up!

  • (9 years ago)

    Our first two years at OBMS were very positive with a really good Montessori experience for our daughter. Then the principal instituted very anti- Montessori 'improvements' to the curriculum such as grades a clas schedule and workbooks. It very rapidly became a traditional school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I couldn't ask for a better education. Parents teachers and principal work together to benefit the child. children are taught morals and values. Individual needs are met. Very close-knit community.

  • (9 years ago)

    Curiously without a full time nurse at OBMS unless one is staffed this coming year the board of Constellation Community Schools is intent on adding 4 or 5 more schools to the 11 already open rather than use available funds to improve services or facilities for these original schools. The teachers are excellent and committed. The administration seems without focus or direction. We sincerely hope this changes. At a meeting last year the principal lamented that charter schools didn't have the finances to defend against negative campaigns from established public school administrations government offices and the media. Later in the same meeting when asked if it would be possible for charter schools to pool their resources to help finance a positive information campaign the principal said this wasn't necessary since any negative statements made against charter shools are no longer considered news worthy. Which is it a problem or not news worthy?

  • (10 years ago)

    This school does have an extremely dedicated and helpful staff. I was so happy to be able to enroll my son especially after our horrible experience at Ben Franklin. I am amazed at my 6 year old son's reading and math abilities in Kindergarten! We love the school and our whole family is happy with the school.

  • (10 years ago)

    My son has been at OBM since its start with only 32 children and its 2 teachers. I love the Montessori method of teaching. I have seen this school grow watched many changes and still consider it one of the best educations my child can get. I have my concerns about its rapid growth and have noticed the Montessori methods decreased. But the parent involvement teachers are still the best. Then again my opion may be biased remembering the 32 children at the start of it all. Generally OBM would still rank in my top 5 schools for younger children.

  • (10 years ago)

    My three children attended OBMS. One child for 3 years and the others for 1. Overall I would say this school is a good alternative for those parents who are not able to send their children to a private school. The school has a dedicated staff. There is a few extra curriculars available but not many. One major draw back for our family was what seemed to be a curriculum more centered around a heavy multi-culturism agenda. Discussions allowed surrounding everything under the sun except anything to do with a Christian view. The main focus seems to be on every other culture except our Western one. OBMS is based loosely on The Montesorri Method of Teaching and is becoming more and more like a traditionl public school. Again if you have no other alternatives other than Cleveland public this may be an option for you. K.McNeilly

  • (10 years ago)

    My oldest son has attended the school for 5 years now and I am still pleasantly suprised every year by the growth and enormous amount of parent and teacher supprt here. I have a younger son in his second year of kindergarten and my other two boys will be attending soon enough! This school has the best staff led by the best principal in the district.

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