Welcome To Citizens Leadership Academy

Welcome to Citizens Leadership Academy, Cleveland's first expeditionary learning middle school. Located in the Hough / University Circle neighborhood, we serve students grades 6-8 through an innovative combination of real-world learning, community engagement, and academic excellence. We'd love to have you as part of the CLA family!

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 2017, 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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Catch CLA on the news this week as our scholars and teachers share the incredible story of how their iPads are making a difference in their learning..

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CLA 7th and 8th-grade families, see you this evening for our high-school financial aid workshop from 5-6:30! See the images for more details..

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CLA 8th graders and families, do you have questions about the high-school application process? Visit https://www.smore.com/uhadt for more information..

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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.