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Four Students Earn Prestigious Academic Talent Search Honors at Northwestern University

October 12, 2016

Arman Berard and Zayd Haufe were invited to Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) ceremony in Evanston, Illinois in September along with the highest performing students in grades 3 through 6 in the region. Both Berard and Haufe, along with classmates Praveen Kumar and James Mamone were also honored by the Center for Talent Development (CTD) at an award ceremony on September 10 to recognize Ohio’s top performers.

NUMATS is a research-validated program that utilizes above grade-level testing to help parents and educators understand the educational needs of the top 10 percent of students in grades 3 through 9. Fewer than 3 percent of the almost 15,000 gifted students nationwide who participate in the program each year qualify for this selective ceremony. Remarkably, top-scoring NUMATS students in middle school score as well as top-scoring high school seniors nationally.  >> MORE


Hawken School Announces Merger with Birchwood: Phase 1 of a 2-Phase Plan to Expand Westward

October 11, 2016

Hawken School has announced that it is expanding westward into Cleveland in a 2-phase process, with Phase I representing a merger with Birchwood School and Phase II focusing on the development of an early childhood center in Gordon Square.

Phase I of this project, the Hawken-Birchwood merger, goes into effect immediately, and Birchwood will now be formally named Birchwood School of Hawken. The merger aims to strengthen the future of both institutions without changing the essential qualities or character of either school. In addition to having very closely aligned missions that focus on the development of character and intellect, the two schools share similar visions for the future of education and a common commitment to Cleveland.  >> MORE


Three Birchwood Students Receive Honor at National History Day Contest

June 24, 2016

In June, 12 Birchwood students traveled to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland to compete against the top one percent of participants in the nation. Three Birchwood students received awards at this prestigious contest.

National History Day is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary students. Each year, more than half a million students nationwide participate in the contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. The theme for 2016 was “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.”  >> MORE 


Team of Six Write Their Way to the Top

June 1, 2016

Birchwood students–Isabella Issa, Dharma Nautiyal, Nadia Ibrahim, Zuha Jaffar, Jane Nilson, Tejal Pendekanti and Shruthi Ravichandran received a second place at the 2016 Ohio Power of the Pen (POP) competition held May 27. The writing team achieved this honor as a result of their cumulative writing and placements at the district, regional and state levels. Birchwood’s seventh grade team finished second at the district and first at the regional and the eighth grade team was third at the district.  >> MORE