Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average class size? The average class size is 19 students.

Does Urban have a registration fee? Yes. The registration fee is $75 annually, with a family maximum of $200. All students have an opportunity to waive the registration fee by completion of academic work outside of school between September 1 - February 1. Children in Kindergarten and older who complete 1,000 minutes of time on the Edgenuity* program during non-school hours will have their registration fee waived. Children in Pre-Kindergarten and younger who view a required number of Ready Rosie videos with their parents will have the registration fee waived. (*Make sure to write URBANCS in the school field)

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Do you have to live in Cleveland to attend UCS? Yes. Urban is focused on serving children who live in eight specific neighborhoods surrounding the school: Ohio City, Detroit Shoreway, Clark Fulton, Stockyards, Cudell, West Boulevard, Tremont, and Brooklyn Centre.

Is Urban a religious school? Yes. Urban was founded by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland over 50 years ago. We are a faith-based school with a religious curriculum rooted in Catholic social justice principles. All children attend religion class, the school day begins and ends with prayer, and we host several all-school prayers services throughout the year.

Does UCS have a dress code? Yes. The dress code asks for students to wear solid-color shirts with a collar. The shirts must be dark green, navy, white, or grey. Students must wear khaki, navy, or black pants, or nice jeans. Shoes must be school shoes or tennis shoes.

What special classes do you provide? We provide art class, garden class, library, music class, physical education, and Spanish. Middle school students have academies (electives) each trimester. The offerings vary and previous offerings have included lacrosse, rowing, bike shop, and jewelry design.

Do you have sports at UCS? Yes. We participate in CYO athletics for cross country (levels 1 - 8), girls volleyball (levels 4 - 8), boys and girls basketball (levels 3 - 8), and boys and girls lacrosse (levels 6-8). We also have a close relationship with the Near West Recreation Program. Please view the Athletics Page for more information.

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Do you provide breakfast and lunch? Yes. Approximately 75% of our students qualify for the National School Lunch Program. Those students receive a tasty breakfast and lunch for free or reduced costs. Students who do not qualify can pack their own meals or buy school breakfast or lunch.

Do you have before care or after care? Yes and No. We do not have a formal before care program. However, the school doors open for all students at 7:35am. We do have an after care program that begins when the school day ends and it runs until 6:00pm. For more information or to register your child, please view the Aftercare Page.

What about bullying? Urban has always promoted an anti-bullying environment for our students. We utilize peer mediators, restorative circles, and other methods to ensure that all students feel safe and accepted.

How can I learn more? You may contact our Director of Enrollment, Pattie Skrha, for any questions at 216.939.8330, pskrha@urbancommunityschool.org, or complete the inquiry form here.