Welcome to Julie Billiart Schools, a family of K-8 coeducational, independent day schools for children with learning differences.


Meet Principal Evers

Hello and welcome to JB Westlake. We’re so excited to bring Julie Billiart Schools’ award-winning, transformative education model and services to the West Side. For years, we’ve heard from families in Lakewood, Rocky River, Bay, and other communities.

They shared that there’s nothing like Julie Billiart Schools on the West Side. After careful modeling and consideration, we felt called to bring JB to the West Side.

We know that families love JB Akron and JB Lyndhurst. Years of experience and research demonstrate that we can replicate the essence of JB in a new location, while still developing unique and authentic ties in the community.

With our eyes on Westlake, we planned and prepared for how we could responsibly open a school in the midst of a pandemic. At times, we wondered if it was the right thing to do. We kept coming back to our mission of empowering and educating children with learning differences. Our heritage - almost 70 years of fulfilling this mission - guided us to this moment. God divined this building, this community, and this plan. We’re ready to fulfill it.

As a new Principal, surrounded by supportive board members, administrators, and teachers, I’m thrilled to spend the next year planning every detail before we open in August of 2021. I look forward to meeting interested families and connecting with our new community. It’s truly an honor to open a school that will change the lives of families on the West Side.

I would love to get to know your child more to find out if Julie Billiart School Westlake could be the right place for him or her. If you’re interested in learning more about JB Westlake or taking a tour, I invite you to reach out today.

Thank you,

Samantha Evers, M.Ed. 
Principal and Director of Admissions, JB Westlake

About Principal Evers

Samantha Evers graduated from the University of Dayton in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in education as an intervention specialist. She joined Teach for America as a corps member for two years and worked as an intervention specialist at Collinwood High School in various settings and grade levels. While earning her masters in education from Johns Hopkins University, she became the intervention specialist in an elementary cross-categorical unit in the Willoughby-Eastlake School District.

While there, she completed a second master's degree in educational administration from Ursuline College. Samantha was drawn to the opportunity to work at Julie Billiart Schools after learning more about the incredible mission and values that she aligns with. “ I am so blessed to be joining Julie Billiart Schools and opening a new location on the West Side of Cleveland,” she said. “The field of special education has been my drive and passion for many years, and I am thrilled to belong to a network of schools that celebrates and empowers the diversity of students with learning differences.”

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open-quote My kids love everything about JB and look forward to going to school every day and seeing their friends and teachers. JB is truly a one of a kind school enriching young lives everyday. close-quote

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open-quote They have all the resources necessary, specialized to the individual learning of each child, and the heart that goes with it. I don't think we would have stayed in Ohio if it wasn't for JB! close-quote

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open-quote I don’t think I will ever be able to put into words how grateful I am that you saw my daughter for all that she is today and all that she is yet to become. close-quote

Tammie Sommer

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools has helped my child become a better version of himself. The teachers and therapists at JB really know and understand how to reach children who learn differently. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote All of the teachers and staff at JB are patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we, as parents, understand and are comfortable. close-quote

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open-quote Julie Billiart Schools gave us hope after our daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability. At JB, she thrived in the small classes, received necessary therapies, and developed the self-confidence to ask for help when she needed it. close-quote

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