Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School is PAX School! At CFIS, our motto is "We better our world; we better ourselves!"  Everyday, we are committed to being respectful, responsible, and safe.

The Intermediate School houses approximately 375 students in grades four through six. Academic classes at each grade level are departmentalized and range from 80 to 120 minutes long.  Our teachers provide students with rich and meaningful educational experiences and are skilled at differentiating instruction in order to meet the individual needs of every learner. Opportunities for academic growth are developed through tiered instruction, including advanced courses in language arts and math.  Additional special classes are offered through our Encore Rotation, where students can take library, music, physical education, art, Spanish, and Project Lead the Way. Monthly guidance classes focus on drug and alcohol prevention, safety, mental health issues, bullying, and peer pressure.

Opportunities for intervention and enrichment are provided through our innovative and daily Personalized Learning Time, or PLT.  Personalized Learning is at the root of our district mission and vision.  It is defined as helping students to achieve their potential through a wide range of resources, strategies, and opportunities that match their learning styles, abilities, and interests.  At the Intermediate School, we personalize learning through targeted intervention, leveled classes, gifted programming, interest-based extracurriculars, and student choice. Enrichment classes include STRETCH, Mathletics, and Invention Convention.

We have a wide variety of after school programs at the Intermediate School.  These clubs have been wonderful avenues for team building, community awareness, and friendship.  They have also helped students to form strong school spirit. Our children can participate in Select Choir, Student Council, P.A.W.S. (our student service organization), Rocket Club, Art Club, and Destination Imagination.  


We were honored to be named a "Hall of Fame School" in 2005 by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators.  In recognition of our hard work and high student achievement, we were also named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2009. None of this would be possible without the commitment and dedication of our talented staff and the collaboration between our schools, families, and supportive community.  


Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.


Sarah Read, Principal 




Sarah Read was named principal of Chagrin Falls Intermediate School in 2015. Prior to taking this position, Sarah was a classroom teacher in the building for 17 years. Throughout her career, Sarah has been passionate about instruction and the development of young people.  She has remained committed to their growth, to maximizing individual student performance, inspiring interest, and instilling a sense of self-worth and engagement. 


During her tenure, the Intermediate School has been recognized for increased overall student performance, for meeting growth targets in reading, math, and science, and for decreasing the gap between general education students and students with disabilities, as evidenced by 2017-2018 State Report Card, achieving Ohio’s State Board of Education Overall A Award.


Passionate about service learning, Sarah created P.A.W.S., the Intermediate School’s student service club. She also established and facilitated the CFIS Book Club. Sarah has been recognized as a Jennings Scholar, and was named Chagrin Valley Rotary Club Today’s Teacher in 2010. She was nominated twice for the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Math Education.


Sarah received her B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Hiram College and her M.A. in Educational Administration from Ashland University.  She also studied for her Endorsement in Gifted Intervention.  She resides in Chagrin Falls with her husband, Mike, and their two sons, AJ and Will, who attend Chagrin Falls Schools. Sarah is an avid reader and loves to travel.



Helpful Web Sites Mentioned

PAX and The Good Behavior Game:

Ohio Department of Education:

State Report Cards
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