Our Story

The Citizens of the World Charter Schools team has been in Cincinnati speaking with community members since 2016. Before we made the decision to apply to open a school, we spent 18 months speaking with over 50 community stakeholders in Cincinnati and hosting community members at our schools in Los Angeles and Kansas City. What we heard from many folks in Cincinnati was that our school’s approach to education–an intentionally diverse community with an emphasis on rigorous academics and social emotional development–was much needed in the city.

In January 2020, our charter application was approved by The Fordham Institute, one of the highest rated sponsors in Ohio.

CWC Cincinnati will be part of a national network of charter schools. Its flagship school opened in Hollywood, California in 2010 and has consistently been ranked as one of the top performing elementary schools in the district and state. Since its launch, CWC Los Angeles has opened up additional schools, currently serving over 2,000 students in grades K-8, with plans to open two additional schools over the next two years. In 2016, CWC Kansas City launched with grades K-1 in Kansas City, Missouri. Growing to grades K-8, it will serve grades K-7 in the 2020-2021 school year.

As a high performing network of schools, Citizens of the World has been featured in numerous publications, including a recent report by The Century Foundation. Other organizations have highlighted our approach to family engagement and our emphasis on mindfulness as a part of social emotional learning.