Welcome To Citizens Leadership Academy

If you are interested in learning about our innovative academic approach, our "Enrolling Your Child" session is a perfect opportunity. Dinner is included. This is also the best way to secure your child's spot at CLA and CLA East for next year. If you cannot make the session dates available, call us today! (216) 229-8185.

Sign up for a fall student-led conference – Oct. 5 and 6

September 6, 2017

Click on the crew leader’s name to open the form: 6th grade crews Brown Mackey Selig-Addiss Shifley Smemo Spade 7th grade crews Baker Battaglia Clarke Haffey Hargis Morikis Valentine 8th grade crews Bogard Craine/Barton Jebelean O’Hara Palumbo Summers Wells/Terrell

Citizens Leadership Academy (CLA) Celebration of Learning 2017

Every year, middle schoolers at Citizens Leadership Academy (and now Citizens Leadership Academy East!!) bring together the community for a "Celebration of Learning" -- a culmination of the year's real-world learning and community engagement. #CLA #CLAE #CityIsOurClassroom

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Ranked in the top 1% of all schools in Ohio for student growth! #WeAreCLA

We're proud to report our students and school earned an "A" for Student Growth in 2016, as well as the statewide Momentum Award for school-wide progress and academic excellence (Ohio Department of Education). Congratulations to all our students, staff, family, and entire CLA community!


Preparing civically engaged leaders

Citizens Leadership Academy is Northeast Ohio's first Expeditionary Learning middle school. In and out of the classroom, hands-on learning is an essential part of our curriculum. Every year, we focus on "essential questions" and dig deep into issues that matter to our community. Our mission is to prepare our students to lead in academics, service, and civic engagement during high school, college, and beyond.

Citizens Leadership Academy

Serving Grades 6-8

Citizens Leadership Academy serves middle school students in grades 6-8. Learn more about enrollment opportunities for the upcoming school year.

Highly Rated, Tuition-Free

Citizens Leadership Academy is a top-rated, tuition-free public charter school. Want to learn more?

In University Circle

We are located in the University Circle / Hough neighborhoods, near E 97th & Chester. Come in for our next Open House to see the school!

Expeditionary Approach

Our hands-on, expeditionary approach to learning has changed the way our students learn and interact with our city.

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As part of their “Migration and the Search for Human Rights” case study, CLA sixth graders interviewed students at International Newcomers Academy..

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CLA families, here is a reminder about the homework this evening. Also, tomorrow students participating in Spirit Week should wear all white,..

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Getting into the holiday spirit in Ms. Craine’s room during dismissal!

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"Cleveland charter school looks at how leadership makes a difference in the world"

Citizens Leadership Academy

A community of civically engaged citizens

CLA has high academic and behavioral expectations that promote a sense of ambition, personal responsibility, and a “no excuses” attitude in our students. 

At CLA, there is a strong emphasis on student ownership of academic achievement and habits of leadership. The resulting school culture makes school a joyful place, rooted in consistency and positivity. The CLA school culture also lays a strong academic and leadership foundation for our students to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Our school is public and open to all families, but we do have limited spaces due to our small class sizes. To secure your child's spot for next year, consider taking action sooner rather than later. Thanks for your interest!

Attend an Info Session

Attending one of our Information Sessions is the best way to see if CLA is right for you and your child. Get to know us by touring our school and meeting staff and families.

Start Application

Ready to start your child's application? Great! Get started here. You can save your account as you go, and always contact us with any questions.