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About This School

Newton D Baker School is a public middle school in Cleveland. The principal of Newton D Baker School is Mrs. Juliane F. Shepard, who can be contacted at 497 students attend Newton D Baker School and identify primarily as Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 78% of the 497 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 95% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Newton D Baker School is 14:1. Riverside School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 5% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 49% 67%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 0.6%
White, non-Hispanic 29% 15%
Hispanic 13% 14%
Asian 1% 0.9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95% 95%
Economically disadvantaged 78% 84%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I believe someone is posting false positive reviews to boost the rating. Come on four reviews with five stars all written on September 9th. I am giving it two stars from my child's experience there.

  • (10 months ago)

    My parents first stuck me in that constellation school behind NDB when we moved to Westpark. I hated Westpark community school. The principal Ms. Balldizzi was mean the lady never smiled. I was being bullied and when I went to her to tell her what happened she told me to toughen up. It went on for months until my mom and dad pulled me out and put me in Newton D Baker. Everyone was super friendly no one picked on me I was well liked and the teachers have a zero tolerance for bullying. Mrs. Sheppard the principal at NDB is very very nice. She gives great hugs and is always encouraging us to have a great day and keep up the good work. GO WILDCATS!!!!

  • (10 months ago)

    Just moved here in July to Westpark. Both of my daughters love NDB. Teachers were very helpful with the transition for them and welcoming them into the new area. One of my daughters has Asperger's and the school has all the fundamentals to help her stay focused and achieve a successful future highschool adult life.

  • (10 months ago)

    Newton D. Baker School of the Arts is a phenomenal school. It is located in the heart of West Park. West Park alone is the best city to live in in Cleveland. The staff volunteers and programs are a tremendous value to this school for students. My daughter attended NDB from K-8th. She still talks about how much she loved that school and misses it every day. You will not be disappointed. Your child will grow and learn so much.

  • (10 months ago)

    This is the best Cleveland Elementary/Middle school in Cleveland. If you are moving to Cleveland you definitely want to move to West Park so your child(ren) can attend this school. All 3 of my boys went to school here from K-8th Grade. They have so many programs for your children to involve and enrich themselves in. Art Club Music Band Drama Club Dancing Sports Reading Club (My boys were highest readers in the school and met & had dinner with the Harlem Glob trotters Cleveland Browns & Cleveland Indians as rewards). The School is ALWAYS neat and clean Teachers are very friendly and supportive if your child has special needs too.

  • (11 months ago)

    I went to this school 1st - 5th grade. Im am 26 now and have always said if I ever have kids this is the elementary school they will attend. This school was so fun and they challened me if I was told to draw a sphere they wanted a sphere and a circle was nowtgonna do lol and I loved the challenge. AMAZING SCHOOL

  • (11 months ago)

    My 3 year old daughter attending Preschool there in May 2013 fell off the playground there broke her arm and received ABSOLUTELY NO MEDICAL ATTENTION WHATSO EVER. It wasn.t even reported until the next day when the teacher seen my daughter was absent. Their Preschopl program haas a teacher and a teacher aid so there were 2 staff members at the site of the accident. They claim my 3 year old showed no signs of destress which I thought okay maybe until she reinjured ths summer and I knew just by her cry it was her arm. My daughter got sent home on a bus saying Dear Mom your daughter fell off the playground this morning. She cried for awhile so she sat next to me thanks. I understand accidents happen but once I reported it I still haven't received ANY PHONE CALLS FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD OR TEACHERS!Wow!

  • (1 year ago)

    Newton D. Baker School of the Arts is a thriving learning environment that accepts all cultures backgrounds and diversities. Their teachers exemplify a caring atmosphere determined to change these young children's lives. Newton D. Baker School of the Arts and their surrounding West Park community engage students young and old to follow their passion. The staff is inspiring and engaging which reflects why they were awarded the Blue Ribbon of Excellence. It is my hope that the city state and nation grant schools like this more of an opportunity to expand their arts department as it is a valuable and core curriculum for these students. While being in the middle of a failing school district Newton D. Baker has continued to strive for excellence in the face of defeat. I recommend this school to all parents and guardians looking for the opportunity to give their child not only a chance in Cleveland but an education that is always evolving improving and inspiring. Keep up the great work.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am also a former stundent of NDB . I have to admit i did have its downfalls but what school does'nt. But dont get me wrong I LOVE THAT SCHOOL . I will always carry the lessons that i have learned at NDB and cherish them . If you are thinking of take yopur child here i say YES ! . You find that everyone is friendly and ready to learn . My mother loved that school so much that she would take me from 147st in kinsman on the east side to 159th in westpark . There are i great mix of races . And when they say no child is left behind they truely mean it . GO WILDCATS !

  • (5 years ago)

    it the best Blue ribbon school it has great teachers and students.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a former student at Newton D. Baker and i loved that school. I started going there in the first grade and left in the eigth. I relly appreciate all that came out of it. I really miss that school and will never forget the people who got me where i am today. I now attend John Hay and i was prepared for high school coming out of N.D.B. I reccomend this school for any body is ready for challenges and loves opportunities because. at Newton D. Baker you can find all that and more.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have gone to ndb since kindergarden and i have one more year to go. i really appreciate the teachers i have had because the have helped me to get where i am. i am a straight a student. i have been in many of the extra cirricular activities my school has offered such as dance ensemble violin (w/ atotal of 6 yrs!) art club and many more. i encourage parents to send there children here because at ndb no child is left behind. it is unfortunate i will b leaving next year but i cnt wait for high school. o and GO WILDCATS!

  • (6 years ago)

    my daughter has been going to NDB for almost 5 years now and I am so glad we were able to get her into this school she is excited about learning and focused on her goals of becoming a dancer. Between all her regular classes she is in art club dance club and conflict mediation and has begged me to never take her out of this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has went to NDB for 4 years now. We are getting ready to move out of the city and I will certainly miss NDB. It has been a wonderful experience for her the teachers and staff are wonderful. She was able to take Dance Drama Violin and Art club. This is one of the best if not the best school in CMSD.

  • (7 years ago)

    Two of my children attend N.D.B. and they very much like their teachers. The academic quality of teaching is outstanding. My only worry is the security at the school where all kinds of people be it parents or other are allowed to enter the building with what seems to be little supervision. This is a great concern for me. The security in the school should be re-evaluated.

  • (8 years ago)

    We have two children at Newton D. Baker School of Arts. The staff and the programs are excellent. I would highly recommend that anyone in the CMSD consider sending their children to this magnet school in the Westpark neighborhood.

  • (9 years ago)

    The quality of teachers at Newton D. Baker is outstanding. Our Daughter is happy and excited about going to school each day. She is learning so much! We are so pleased!

  • (10 years ago)

    This was my children first year at N.D.B. kindergarten and first grades. The teachers are the best. With my first gader attending another school for his kindergarten year I had the chance to compare teachers from two schools and I have to say the teachers at N.D.B. are excellent their caring patient and kind. They always strive to make sure the students are learning a variety of subjects that can be carried on even into adulthood. They make sure no child is left behind (like I experienced at another school). Parents from other schools (some private) are amazed at the knowledge my children have at their young ages and how well they adjust to other cultures. I tell them it's all because of N.D.B. I wouldn't have it any other way! The entire staff parents principal are all wonderful. -Peacenlyn (V.P.)

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter just completed kindergarten. We are moving out of state and NDB is what we will miss most. NDB is wonderful! She has flourished this year. Her school experience this year was very positive and has given her confidence that she can succeed. Academically she is far ahead of her old friends from the suburbs who attended kindergarten half days. This school is wonderful.

  • (10 years ago)

    I love this school! I currently have two children here and one that graduated from here and I can attest to the fact that NDB is one of the best schools in the district if not the best! If it were not for NDB going to K-8 I was considering homeschooling my son now it is not even a consideration. When my daughter left NDB and went to the school of science her new teachers were so impressed with the education that she had already recieved and commented on how much more advanced she was than some of her other peers that did not attend NDB. So believe me when I say that the children of NDB really do learn more! -Alicia

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