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

CLA Families

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

September 5, 2014,

 

Dear CLA Families,

It is hard to believe that we are in September already and finishing up the third week of school! This week had a lot of exciting events taking place; our 8th grade students attended the Breakthrough High School Fair, eighth graders completed fieldwork about Cleveland bridges, and we launched our after -school clubs. We know it was a busy week, and next week is looking to be just as busy and exciting.

With this letter, your scholars are receiving their first progress reports. We appreciate your patience as we have worked through a number of challenges with the new grade book system. On the progress report you will see the subject at the top, followed by the overall grade. Below that you will see the list of assignments entered and the specific grade. At the bottom of the page, you will see the breakdown grade percentage between Mastery (75%) and Habits of Scholarship (25%).  As you review your scholar’s grades, if you have any questions you are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher who is your main touch-stone.

Certain classes piloted the MAP test this past week; the rest of the classes will be taking them this coming week. This is a nationally normed assessment that the students will take in the fall, winter, and spring. We will be tracking individual student growth, as well as growth as a school. This assessment is very similar to the Next Generation Assessment (that replaces the OAA) and will also provide the students with practice taking assessments on the computer. Please ensure that your scholar is receiving plenty of sleep at night and eats a good breakfast!

Lastly, just a friendly reminder about some upcoming events:

  • Curriculum Night –      Wednesday, September 10th at 5:30 (please see purple flyer for      details)
  • Spirit and Pride Orders DUE – The first shipment will be mailed on Wednesday, September 10th.      Orders will arrive in October and we will have a FREE CLA Spirit Day      (specific date TBD).
  • Friday, September 12, Infiniti      of Beachwood will be hosting our Community      Meeting and will have a guest speaker along with giveaways. Please      join us in this celebration at 12:45.

 

I hope you have a great weekend and look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night!

Best,

 

 

Sydney S. Gruhin

Principal

CLA Families

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

September 8, 2014,

 

Dear CLA Families,

It is hard to believe that we are in September already and are beginning the fourth week of school! Last week had a lot of exciting events taking place; our 8th grade students attended the Breakthrough High School Fair, eighth graders completed fieldwork about Cleveland bridges, and we launched our after -school clubs. We know it was a busy week, and this week is looking to be just as busy and exciting.

With this letter, your scholars are receiving or have received their first progress reports. We appreciate your patience as we have worked through a number of challenges with the new gradebook system. On the progress report you will see the subject at the top, followed by the overall grade. Below that you will see the list of assignments entered and the specific grade. At the bottom of the page, you will see the breakdown grade percentage between Mastery (75%) and Habits of Scholarship (25%).  As you review your scholar’s grades, if you have any questions you are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher who is your main touchstone.

Certain classes piloted the MAP test this past week; the rest of the classes will be taking them this coming week. This is a nationally normed assessment that the students will take in the fall, winter, and spring. We will be tracking individual student growth, as well as growth as a school. This assessment is very similar to the Next Generation Assessment (that replaces the OAA) and will also provide the students with practice taking assessments on the computer. Please ensure that your scholar is receiving plenty of sleep at night and eats a good breakfast!

Lastly, just a friendly reminder about some upcoming events:

  • Curriculum Night –      Wednesday, September 10th at 5:30 (please see purple flyer for      details)
  • Spirit and Pride Orders DUE – The first shipment will be mailed on Wednesday, September 10th.      Orders will arrive in October and we will have a FREE CLA Spirit Day      (specific date TBD).
  • Next Friday, September 12,      Infiniti of Beachwood will be hosting our Community Meeting and will have a guest speaker along with      giveaways. Please join us in this celebration at 12:45.

 

I look forward to seeing you next week at Curriculum Night!

Best,

 

 

Sydney S. Gruhin

Principal