CLA is a middle school serving students in grades 6-8.
Citizens Leadership Academy was founded in 2011 by Shelly Saltzman, bringing Expeditionary Learning to Northeast Ohio for the first time. Citizens Leadership Academy seeks to build on the successes of the K-5 Citizens Academy schools, as members of Breakthrough Schools.
Board of Directors
Our school has an an all-volunteer Board of Directors.
View our Board Meeting Calendar & Dates
CLA East Board Meeting Calendar and Dates
Phone: 216-229-8185 ext. 2498
Cynthia Tancer, Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Reggie Novak, Treasurer Ciuni & Panichi, Senior Manager
Art Lundberg, Secretary Baker Hostetler, Partner
Amonica Davis, Nordson Corporation Foundation
Lolita Hines, Case Western University, Assistant VP for Finance, Administration and Strategic Planning Alignment
Karen Mozenter, Fund for our Economic Future, Director of Funder Engagement
Phil Robinson City Year of Cleveland, Executive Director
David Stein, Arnold J. Eisenberg, Inc., Commercial Real Estate Agent
Shelly Saltzman, CLA Founder and honorary board member
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to prepare our middle school students to lead in academics, service, and civic engagement during high school, college, and beyond.
Our vision is to add a highly effective middle school model to the mix of current school offerings available to Citizens Academy graduates and other regional students.
Innovative Academic Program
Core Skill Building and Learning Expeditions
The Citizens Leadership Academy curriculum is designed to prepare our students to succeed in rigorous college prep high schools, and then in college and in the 21st century job market. The curriculum is a synergistic approach based on two discrete learning models: Core Skill Building and Expeditionary Learning. Through this two-pronged educational model, CLA students will be well prepared for the Ohio state tests, and they will also be well grounded in the critical 21st century skills framework.
We are proud of our students' most recent accomplishments on the Ohio state tests. Our school earned an "A" for Student Growth in 2016! (Ohio Department of Education). You can find our full school report card on the ODE website here.
It is always our goal to reach the whole child, and we strive for a balance of athletic and non-athletic after school extracurriculars. For example, extracurriculars include:
- Boys/Girls Basketball
- Math Hoops
- Lego Robotics
- Drama Club
- Service Club
- Chess Club
We have after school tutoring for students looking for extra support with reading and math, as well as Homework Club for those who need a quiet place to finish homework. Additionally, we have an after school partnership with the Boys & Girls Club on Broadway, and provide transportation there after school every day.