October CLA2HS

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

 

September 26th, 2014

 

Dear CLA Students, Parents, Guardians and Families,

I can hardly believe it is already October!  Please read the following updates and reminders regarding open houses, shadow days, entrance exams, and financial aid forms.   Attached is a calendar showing most of the high school open house dates that are scheduled in October.

Open-houses:  Attending an open house is a great way to determine if your scholar wants to take a “deeper dive” and shadow the school.  Visit the open houses at schools where your student is interested in attending high school.  It is a great way to see if you think that the school is a “good fit” for your scholar.  I have attached a calendar of events but also check to confirm open house dates and times on the individual school websites.

Shadowing: Blank shadow forms are available in the officeStudents will be able to shadow at 1-2 schools.  Shadowing is a great opportunity to see what it really “feels” like to be a student at the school, so help your scholar pick his/her shadow schools.   Students need to submit a completed shadow form one week prior to the already scheduled shadow date.  Students will have to make arrangements with their teachers for missed work prior to the shadow date.  Upon their return to school, students must submit the shadow formed signed by the high school so that the absence will not be counted against the students. Students may not shadow on the day of an interim.  John Hay does not offer shadow days.  This year we have a Fall Break, October 8-13, so the students will be out of school for 3 free days which would be a great opportunity to shadow a high school.

Applications: For those scholars applying to schools requiring applications, scholars need to begin working on their applications.  Ask individual teachers (usually one math and one English teacher) to complete the necessary forms or materials to support your application.  Once the teacher has completed the form, he or she will turn it into Mrs. Durr.  Turn-in completed applications to Mrs. Durr.  We will send all necessary documents together in one envelope to the schools.

Entrance Exams:

Parochial Schools- Check the dates for the admissions exams for the Parochial (Catholic) Schools, remember each school has its own test and test date.  Visit the specific school website for details.  Make plans to take your student to the school the date of the admissions exam.  Students can prepare for the entrance exams using practice tests.  Please ask Mrs. Durr for a copy of the practice tests if you do not already have one.  Entrance exams are usually tied to scholarship money.  It is better to take the test on one of the earlier dates before dollars have been distributed.

 

Independent Schools-  Students can prepare for the ISEE using practice tests.  Please ask Mrs. Durr for a copy of the practice tests if you do not already have one.  The ISEE is usually tied to scholarship money.  It is better to take the test on one of the earlier dates before dollars have been distributed.  You can visit the school website to register for the test.

Financial Aid: CLA will be hosting a financial aid night on Wednesday October 22nd at 6:00 pm for parents of students that are applying to parochial or independent schools.  We will have Christina Townsend-Hartz, Director of Financial Aid at University School, reviewing the financial aid forms and answering individual questions.  The financial aid form for independent schools is on the individual schools website.  The financial aid forms for parochial schools is on the individual school website or ask Mrs. Durr for a copy.  One form can be filled out and used for similar schools (for example: If you are applying to Hawken and Gilmour you can use the same form and submit it to both schools.  If you are applying to Beaumont and Villa Angela Saint Joseph you can use the same form and share with both schools.)

CLA & Breakthrough Website: Please visit http://citizensleadership.org/cla2hs/ and http://breakthroughcommons.org/college/ for future newsletters, calendars and helpful information about the high school process.

If you have any further questions about the high school placement process, please contact me at erica.durr@citizensleadership.org  or 216-229-8185.

Sincerely,

 

Erica Durr

High School Placement Advisor

Cc:  Shelly Saltzman, Head of School

 

 

 

September

~ October 2014 ~

November

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

     

 

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2

 

 

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4

Test Prep-

St. Ignatius 1-4 pm

Admissions Test-

St. Edwards 9 am

5

Open houses-

St. Edward 11:30-3 pm

Beaumont 12-2 pm

Gilmour 12 pm

University School

1:30-4 pm

6

 

7

Information Session:

Bard School  5 pm

8

Admissions test-

St. Edward 5:30

Information night-

St. Martin de Porres

4-6 pm

9

Open house-

St. Ignatius 5-8 pm

10

 

11

Admission test-

St. Ignatius 8:30- noon

St. Edward 9 am

Benedictine 9-noon

 

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13

 

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15

 

16

 

17

Visit Day-

Laurel 8-3 pm

Admissions test-

Beaumont 4-7 pm

 

18

Open house-

Cleveland Central

Catholic 10:30-1 pm

Admissions test-

Beaumont 9-noon

Gilmour 8:30-11:30 am

19

 

 

20

 

21 22 23

Open house-

Benedictine 6-7:30 pm

 

24

Admissions test-

Beaumont 4-7 pm

25

Admissions test-

St. Ignatius 8:30-noon

Beaumont 9-noon

26

Open houses-

Hawken 1-3 pm

St. Joseph’s 1-4 pm

Benedictine 12-2:30 pm

27

 

28

 

29

Open House-

St. Ignatius 6-8 pm

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31

 

 

September CLA2HS Letter

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

 

 

 

September 2, 2014

 

Dear CLA Parents, Guardians and Families,

I hope that your student has had a great start to their eighth grade year at Citizens Leadership Academy.  In order to ensure that we are all on the same page, I will send home monthly letters and calendars to keep you up to speed on important dates and deadlines concerning your student and his/her high school placement.  Below you will find important information about the high school process.

One-on-One High School Meetings: If you have not yet scheduled a time to meet with me to discuss high school options for your student, please contact me as soon as possible. I would like to meet with all families before the high school fair.

Breakthrough High School Fair: This event will take place Thursday, September 4th from 5:30-7:30pm at The Intergenerational School (TIS).  I have included a flyer with specific information.  Attendance is strongly encouraged for all eighth graders and their families.  This is an opportunity for students to learn more about our partner high schools and to meet representatives from the schools.

Open-houses: Take time with your student to research the dates and times of open houses at the schools your student is interested in attending.  Before attending the open houses take some time to research the schools.

CLA & Breakthrough Website: Please visit http://citizensleadership.org/cla2hs/  and http://breakthroughcommons.org/college/ for future newsletters, calendars and helpful information about the high school process.

Again, welcome back and get ready for a busy and exciting year!

If you have any further questions about the high school placement process, please contact me at erica.durr@citizensleadership.org or 216-229-8185.

Sincerely,

 

Erica Durr

High School Placement Coordinator

 

Cc:  Shelly Saltzman, Head of School

 

 

 

State Report Card

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

September 11, 2014

Dear Citizens Leadership Academy Families,

Tomorrow, Ohio will release the report cards for all public schools, and I wanted to be sure that you heard our results from me. While we did considerably better than Cleveland Metropolitan District Schools (CMSD) and also other local schools in various tests, we didn’t reach the 80% passage rate that we needed to reach – in several cases, we were in the high 70’s, but because we didn’t reach that 80% mark, our report card was negatively impacted.  Seventh and eighth grade math achievement showed solid improvement from 2013.  Citizens Leadership Academy earned a C in Performance Index Score, measuring overall student achievement.  We also earned F’s in gap closing and – because Ohio increased the state standards this year — in indicators met.  Here are our specific scores:

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Performance Index Score

Reading

Math

Reading

Math

Reading

Math

Science

76.8%

62.2%

89.5%

81.4%

91.5%

79.8%

61.7%

93.2

  • We earned an 89.5% in seventh grade reading and an 91.5% passage in eighth grade reading, but that was slightly lower than the previous year, resulting in a negative score.
  • Our reading scores in seventh and eighth grade were almost twice as high passage rates as CMSD, and higher than Cleveland Heights, Euclid, and South Euclid, all suburbs from where we draw our students, as well as other large Breakthrough middle schools.
  • Our math score for eighth grade (79.8% passage rate) was failing because it was below 80% but higher than that of Shaker Heights, South Euclid, Mayfield Heights, Euclid, and Cleveland Heights, not to mention CMSD that was a 40.0% passage rate.

We know that families like you expect excellence in education, and although these tests are important and valid, they are just one measure of excellence, and they are not the sole measure by which we assess success.  CLA is a school committed to excellence in everything we do for every scholar every day, not just on how we perform on these high stake tests.  With that said, there are lessons to be learned, as these are important tests, and we need to strive to improve on these tests so our excellence is reflected on them.

I recently met with Cortez Hawthorne, a founding CLA graduate who now attends University School.  I was so proud of his maturity and his leadership at one of Northeast Ohio’s top high schools. Cortez talked about how CLA prepare him academically and exposed him to a new world of opportunity.  He is not alone.  More than half of our graduates earned places in highly selective high schools.

Citizens Leadership Academy makes dreams possible for students because of the support of our entire community: families, staff, and partners.  We are preparing our students to excel in high school, college, and beyond.  Thank you for your continued support of our students and our mission.

Most Sincerely,

Shelly Saltzman
Founder and Model Leader