Education & Culture | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Education & Culture

Provide lifelong educational opportunities for our residents and promote a community identity rooted in our cultural heritage


Where we are today

Lakewood City Schools, with a student enrollment of 5,600, offers excellence in programming from preschool through high school. From its 5-star rated early childhood programs to its generous selection of Advanced Placement and college credit courses in high school, every student is well-served in an opportunity-rich environment. By 2017, the district’s seven elementary schools, two middle schools and high school will all have been rebuilt or fully renovated in the last 10 years. The district also sponsors a community charter school.

In addition to excellent public schools, Lakewood is home to a number of private and parochial schools such as Lakewood Catholic Academy and St. Edward High School, a private International Baccalaureate school. With 830 students and a 17:1 student-teacher ratio, St. Ed’s has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

Other community partners offering educational opportunities include:

  • University of Akron Lakewood offers degree options in Organization Supervision, Nursing, Social Work and Business Administration.
  • Beck Center for the Arts serves 50,000 annually through professional theatrical productions, creative arts therapies, and comprehensive curriculum-based arts education in dance, music, theater, and visual arts.
  • Lakewood Recreation offers adult courses in basic computing, personal finance, homecare, arts and languages.
  • Lakewood Public Library maintains main and Madison Avenue branches.

From major festivals to block parties, community gatherings are an important part of local culture. The city offers eight summer festivals, which include Meet the Trucks, Bike Rodeo, 4th of July Parade and Celebration, Lakewood Street Party, Lakewood Arts Festival,  and the Lakewood Community Festival. Beyond these city-sponsored events, LakewoodAlive hosts a number of downtown gatherings such as the Summer Meltdown, Light Up Lakewood, and the Spooky Pooch Parade.

Want more information about these events? Call the office of community relations at 216-529-6650, or send an email to commrel@lakewoodoh.net.

  • Special event, block party permits+-

    Block parties are something of a tradition in Lakewood. If your street is interested in having a block party, you must first obtain a permit from the Division of Streets. Download Block Party Permit Application.

    Block Party Rules & Regulations

    • A Block Party permit must be obtained at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Click here for block party permit application.
    • Permits are issued on a first come, first serve basis. Permits may be limited to a maximum number per weekend.
    • The Block Party Chairperson is responsible for setting up, taking down and securing of block party barricades.
    • All barricades must be removed by sunset.
    • Street must always be accessible to safety forces.
    • No permits will be issued for Main and Secondary Main streets (i.e. Madison, Franklin, Hilliard, Detroit, Clifton, Bunts, Warren, etc.)
    • If your street has not had a block party in past 3 years, a Block Party Survey is required. 75% of all residences on the street must sign the survey in favor of a block party. After verification of survey, a permit will be issued.
      Download Block Party Survey
    • No alcohol is permitted on public property (street, tree lawn and sidewalk).
    • Any further questions or concerns should be directed to Division of Streets/Forestry at (216) 529-6810.

    Interested in having a special event? Send an email, or call the police department at 216-521-6773.

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  • Public Art Task Force+-

    Public Art has the ability to provide aesthetic beauty, to educate and inspire, to stimulate commerce and increase real estate values, to build better citizens and provide for cultural interpretation, to increase tourism and provide other benefits.

    To learn more about the Lakewood Public Art Task Force, click here.