Our family loves the small-town feel of Cleveland. Friendships are formed across languages and cultures. Parents are encouraged to get involved, and the PTA is very active. The expectations for students are high, both in academics and social-emotional learning. We feel like we've found the best possible public education at this inclusive, high-performing Title I school. English learners progress quickly at Cleveland, and white and Asian students excel academically. Latino/a students also seem to do well. But the class sizes are just too big, and there aren't enough resources to support gifted students or those with emotional or behavioral challenges (this is true all across OUSD).Through third grade, the equity goals seem mostly to be met. But then the demographic groups begin to branch off. African American students, especially boys, struggle in the upper grades. In our child's cohort a number of affluent students departed for private school in fourth grade. It's impossible for a school to meet the needs of every student. And it's incredibly difficult for teachers to effectively differentiate instruction for 32 students with a wide range of needs and abilities. But Cleveland teachers take on this challenge every day. The school is not perfect, but it offers a stellar public education for richly diverse community.