Providing an educational experience empowering students to maximize their potential

Chagrin Falls

Exempted Village Schools

Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message


Dear Community,

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools are an integral part of the community of Chagrin Falls. There is strong support of our students’ education from residents, teachers, parents, and the students themselves. Chagrin Falls Schools has high academic standards and student excellence, reflected in our consistent top state rankings and numerous local and national accolades. Our district has ranked in the top three percent of the 611 school districts in Ohio time and time again. Our school system and community exhibit a common strength–we work together to maintain and develop excellence in education. It is my honor to be a part of this tradition as the superintendent of the Chagrin Falls Schools. Our mission is to provide an educational experience empowering students to maximize their potential. We will strive to meet the needs of the present, while constantly looking to the future so that we are setting the standard for public education.

The Chagrin Falls School District is one of the highest-achieving districts in the state. After maintaining a rating of “Excellent with Distinction” by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for numerous years, our district has continued to reflect ongoing excellence in performance. The district engaged the community in a comprehensive strategic planning process throughout the 2013-2014 school year. Together, our community set the vision of obtaining a personalized learning experience for all students within the next five years. The attainment of this vision is only accomplished through a well-rounded academic and extra-curricular program providing a variety of options for our students to develop and grow. We encourage you to read the district’s Quality Profile report. This report is a result of work completed by a committee that included parents, community members, teachers, administrators and board members. The information within is what this group felt answered one key question, what information does the community of Chagrin Falls need to assess the progress of the school district? You will find information on the district’s commitment to improvement, academics, digital learning, art/music, fiscal stewardship, student leadership and activities, parent and community involvement, and our contact information.

The school district has earned several honors. Among the most recent are:

• Gurney Elementary Principal Dr. Rachel Jones was named as the 2014 Distinguished Principal of the Year by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators

• Gurney Elementary received a grant from the Life Time Foundation’s Back 2 Basics school lunch program

• In 2014, The Daily Beast named Chagrin Falls High School to its list once again

• In the 2013-14 school year, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools was nominated in three categories for the first-ever #BestEdTechAwards sponsored by the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OTEC); categories were Ed Leader Innovator, Technology Coordinator Innovator Award, and Program, winning the Innovator Award and Program awards.

• Chagrin Falls High School’s Advanced Placement Computer Science teacher Carolyn Petite was named as a 2013 Plain Dealer Crystal Apple Winner

• Chagrin Falls School District’s Tracie Guggenheim was awarded the Ohio School Speech Language Pathologist and Educational Audiologist Coalition (OSSPEAC) “Honors of OSSPEAC” award for 2013 at their convention.

• Gurney Elementary and Chagrin Falls High School have been named Schools of Distinction by the State Department of Education

• In 2014, Jeff Womack, Social Studies Teacher/Speech and Debate Coach at Chagrin Falls High School was named a Diamond Coach by the National Speech and Debate Association

• Chagrin Falls High School consistently achieves ratings as one of the top schools nationally in US News & World Report, The Washington Post, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

• The district received Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year 2015

Tradition is also very apparent in the wide number and variety of community groups that have always supported our schools and are a vital part of our district’s ability to fund educational programs. What sets our district apart from others is the unique aspect of the constant and positive involvement of our parents and community members. This involvement, coupled with a dynamic staff and a desire to honor what has come before, provides a recipe for success for all of the students in the Chagrin Falls School District.

Please click here to read our district brochure that highlights our four schools.


Robert Hunt was hired to be the new Superintendent of the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools in June 2012. Prior to that, he was the Superintendent of Streetsboro City Schools. Previously, he was the Assistant Superintendent of Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools. In this role, he served as the instructional leader overseeing all of the district’s curriculum and instructional planning including courses, programming and gifted education. He served on the districts strategic planning team as well as the districts leadership team for levy campaigns. He created a district professional development committee to plan and evaluate all professional development within the district. Mr. Hunt also managed the district outsourcing contract for technology and was responsible for Human Resources for certified and classified.

Previously, Robert served as the High School Principal of Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools, Middle School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Kenston Schools and also was a teacher at Kenston Middle School.

In addition, Robert has served as an Adjunct Professor for Ursuline College and Notre Dame College, teaching graduate courses in educational administration, evaluation/supervision, school law and finance.

Robert served on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators for seven years and was President of the organization in 2009-2010. In 2007, he received the NASSP State of Ohio Principal of the Year award and the Ohio Educational of Library and Media Association, Administrator of the Year award.

Robert holds a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Ursuline College and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Kent State University. Mr. Hunt is currently pursuing his doctorate at Kent State University.

Robert W. Hunt
Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools

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