Welcome to Chagrin,
Chagrin Falls Schools is an integral part of the community of Chagrin Falls. There is strong support of our students’ education from residents, teachers, parents and the students themselves. Chagrin Falls Schools has high academic standards and student excellence, reflected in our consistent top state rankings and numerous local and national accolades. Our school system and community exhibit a common strength–we work together to maintain and develop excellence in education. It is my honor to be a part of this tradition as the superintendent of the Chagrin Falls Schools. Our mission is to provide an educational experience empowering students to maximize their potential. We will strive to meet the needs of the present, while constantly looking to the future so that we are setting the standard for public education.
Chagrin Falls Schools is one of the highest-achieving districts in the state. The District recently completed a five-year strategic plan that focused on how to better the educational experience for every student, as well as improving student achievement. There have been multiple student achievement indicators that have indicated significant growth. Below are just a few:
- District Report Card Performance Index Score: 103.7 (2016) to 109.2 (2019)
- 1 of 4 districts in Ohio to receive “All A” and “Overall A” recognition from the state of Ohio
- Increased student access to Advanced Placement Courses: 42% (2016) to 50% (2019)
- Increased student passage rate on Advanced Placement Courses: 83% (2016) to 88% (2019)
However, we understand that test scores are only one indication of a successful school district. We encourage you to read the District’s Quality Profile. You will find information on the District’s commitment to improvement, academics, digital learning, art/music, fiscal stewardship, student leadership and activities and parent and community involvement. The Quality Profile, as well as the other District communications, can be found here www.chagrinschools.org/Communications.aspx.
Tradition also is apparent in the wide number and variety of community groups that have always supported our schools and are a vital part of our District’s ability to fund educational programs. What sets our District apart from others is the unique aspect of the constant and positive involvement of our parents and community members. This involvement, coupled with a dynamic staff and a desire to honor what has come before, provides a recipe for success for all of our students.
The 2019-2020 school year will be exciting. We will engage a number of District stakeholders in a Design Team focused on creating a “Profile of a Learner.” This will be a defined set of core competencies we aspire to develop in our students. This will serve as the guide post and lens for our next strategic plan which will be completed by August 2020.
Dr. Robert Hunt was hired as superintendent of Chagrin Falls Schools in June 2012 after serving one year as superintendent in Streetsboro City Schools. Previously, he served Chagrin Falls Schools in a variety of roles including high school assistant principal, high school principal and assistant superintendent. His career began as a middle school English teacher and eventually assistant principal and athletic director at Kenston Schools. In addition, Dr. Hunt has served as an adjunct professor for Ursuline College and Notre Dame College, teaching graduate courses in educational administration, evaluation/supervision, school law and finance.
Dr. Hunt served on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators for seven years and was president of the organization in 2009-2010. In 2007, he received the NASSP State of Ohio Principal of the Year award and the Ohio Educational of Library and Media Association, Administrator of the Year award. In 2020, Dr. Hunt received the prestigious Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Ohio Superintendent Outstanding Performance Award recognizing exceptional leadership with a commitment to deep learning and excellent teaching.
Currently, Dr. Hunt serves on the executive committee for the Alliance and the Lake Geauga Computer Network. Additionally, he is a member of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators Legislative and State Department Committee. Locally, Dr. Hunt serves as the Vice President Chagrin Falls Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. Recently Dr. Hunt received the prestigious Martha Holden Jennings Superintendent Outstanding Achievement award for his dedication to deep teaching and continuous growth.
Dr. Hunt holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kent State University and a master’s degree in education administration from Ursuline College. He obtained his Ph.D. from Kent State University in k-12 educational leadership. His dissertation, The Depth of Sacrifice: Case Study of Educational Administrators Who Have Led in the Aftermath of a Rampage School Shooting, has led to presentations focused on recovery and crisis leadership at the state and national level. Dr. Hunt resides in the Chagrin Falls School District with his wife Shannon and four children Hawken, Emerson, Braden and Ashton.
Robert W. Hunt, Ph.D.
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