Eleanor Gerson School is a coeducational alternative day school for students in grades 6 through 12 who benefit from a personal and therapeutic environment that affects positive growth according to individual need and ability.
Approved by the Ohio Department of Education, the school serves a variety of students including those with emotional or behavioral difficulties, who have been bullied or have poor social skills/peer relationships. Eleanor Gerson School offers an alternative school experience for youth who have not been successful in standard educational settings. The school offers a unique educational environment focused on ensuring the success of our students. Our individual learning plans enable each student to reach his or her maximum potential in a supportive, caring environment. And, importantly, our curriculum closely mirrors that of most home districts so academic standards are not compromised.
The school has a long tradition in northeast Ohio dating back to its start in 1970 by the Society of Friends. With its move to Applewood Centers, the school blends the strengths of behavioral health and special needs education, enabling our graduates to achieve academic and personal goals. Applewood offers many programs to help children and teens who are struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, have suffered from trauma or abuse, or are having behavioral difficulties at home or in school. Services include: counseling; psychological testing and assessment; psychiatry; foster care; residential services; and the Eleanor Gerson School Programs; two schools offering an alternative education experience for students. Applewood has on its staff full-time child and adolescent psychiatrists and nurses.