Doug Mead & David Gierke - Toledo School for the Arts

Dave Gierke, Development Director and Doug Mead, Director of the Toledo School for the Arts will explore the scope and purpose of the school, how the school has grown and developed since its inception in 1999, and what the future holds as they look to further define modern artistic development.

Toledo School for the Arts is a public “community” or charter school focused on providing Ohio residents a college preparatory academic curriculum and an intense visual and performing arts environment. TSA opened in 1999 and is located at 333 14th Street in downtown Toledo, Ohio. TSA welcomes any student who is an Ohio resident through our enrollment lottery.  TSA is sponsored by Bowling Green State University.

In addition to core academic subjects, classes are offered in music, dance, theatre and visual arts. TSA provides students opportunities to work with professional artists to expand their arts experiences and knowledge base. TSA has ARTnerships with our area’s community and cultural institutions including the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Symphony, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, the Toledo Zoo and others.

Toledo School for the Arts has been rated Excellent by the Ohio Department of Education and has received national attention as a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School, a Bronze level recognition by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top high schools and Charter School of the Year by the Center for Education Reform. The Ohio Superintendent of Education, Susan Zelman, named TSA a School of Promise. TSA was also twice rated the top charter school in Ohio by Niche, an online school rating system.

TSA graduates earn admission to our nation’s finest institutions of higher education and win outstanding academic and arts scholarships.