September 2015 – CLA2HS Newsletter

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

August 27, 2015


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 17th from 5:30-7:30pm at Citizens Leadership Academy (CLA).  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  and 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 or 216-229-8185.



Erica Durr

High School Placement Coordinator


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Breakthrough High School Fair 2015

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

You are Invited to:


Breakthrough Schools High School Fair 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

5:30-7:30 p.m.

At Citizens Leadership Academy

9711 Lamont Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106

(2 blocks north of Chester on E. 97th Street; near Cleveland Clinic Main Campus)



This invitation is extended to 8th grade students from Citizens Leadership Academy, E Prep Cliffs, E Prep Woodland Hills, The Intergenerational School and Near West Intergenerational School, and their parents/guardians

Important details:

  • From 5:30-7:30 the event will be “convention style” meaning you flow freely to the various high schools speak with high school representatives, pick-up literature from the table, etc…
  • Please plan ahead- come knowing which schools you plan to visit.
  • All of the schools on the reverse side of this invitation have been invited to attend and we expect most to be there. A final list will be given to you upon arrival at the fair.

Please respect our high school admissions presenters by being on time and staying for the duration of their presentations.

Also: when you arrive, be sure to sign in at your middle school’s table

so we know you are there.

No need to R.S.V.P., but if you have questions please contact:

Mr. Ivery




The following high schools have been invited to participate in the 2015 High School Fair:



These are free schools

CMSD Schools:

John Hay- School of Science & Medicine*

(3.0 gpa, Accelerated & Advanced on OAAs)

John Hay- School of Architecture & Design*

(3.0 gpa, Accelerated & Advanced on OAAs)

John Hay- Early College*

(3.5 gpa, Accelerated & Advanced on OAAs)

Cleveland School of the Arts

(must audition)


(open enrollment; no gpa requirement)

Facing History New Tech High School

(open enrollment; no gpa requirement)

Digital Arts

(open enrollment; no gpa requirement)

Bard High School Early College

                (requires a completed application)


Public Charter Schools:

Horizon Science Academy

(open enrollment; no gpa requirement)



These are Catholic schools; charge tuition

Each school has its own entrance exam


Beaumont- GIRLS*

Benedictine- BOYS

Cleveland Central Catholic

Magnificat- GIRLS*

Saint Edward- BOYS*

Saint Ignatius- BOYS*

Saint Joseph Academy- GIRLS

Saint Martin de Porres

(unique work/study program)

Trinity (pre-professional internship program)*

Villa Angela-Saint Joseph


These are private schools; charge tuition

These schools require the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam)


Gilmour Academy (Catholic)*

Hathaway Brown- GIRLS*

Hawken School*

Montessori High School*

Laurel School- GIRLS*

University School- BOYS*

Western Reserve Academy*

(boarding is an option)




*= very selective schools



CLA Scholars invited to participate in NEO Regional Sewer District Program

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

Citizens Leadership Academy students have been invited to participate in the STEP program with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the Cleveland Division of Water, have served as sponsors for the STEP program (Student Technical Enrichment Program (STEP) for over twenty (20) years.

It is a program for 7th – 8th  grade students (in the greater Cleveland area) interested in STEM fields. STEP’s primary goal is to develop and strengthen the future Cleveland area work force in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, “STEM.”

If interested in participating, please complete the application or visit their website at NEORSD Step Program.


CLA Community Meeting with Steve Sanders!

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Former Cleveland Browns player Steve Sanders joined CLA for our first community meeting of the year! He also donated and signed copies of his book, Training Camp for Life, for CLA scholars. This visit and a generous donation of school supplies was coordinated by Infiniti of Beachwood and 107.3 The Wave.