Returning CLA Families

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

July 10, 2015



Dear returning CLA families,


It’s hard to believe that it is already July, and we are more than halfway through the summer!  Enrollment has gone well this summer – we are just about fully enrolled in sixth grade and have very few open positions in seventh and eighth grade. If you have any friends or family members who are interested in sending their child to CLA, please reach out to us immediately! Our new teachers start next week, and we are excited to have them dive into the CLA culture and Expeditionary Learning.


The week before school begins we will be hosting multiple “Meet & Greets.” The purpose behind hosting Meet & Greets is to provide you the opportunity to meet the new members of the CLA community, and to meet all of your child’s teachers as well as the specials teachers. During the Meet & Greet, you will be informed of the updated school protocols and our slightly revised progressive discipline system.  You will also be able to purchase new CLA polo shirts and “I AM CLA” shirts if you are interested.


It is essential that you call and reserve your space for your Meet & Greet! Select one of the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, August 11, at 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 12, at 5-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 13, at 8:30-10:30 a.m.


Lastly, just a few quick reminders:

  • Remind your scholar to complete his or her summer reading assignment and math stretch packet — details of the assignments are on our website!
  • If your scholar is entering seventh grade, be sure to get the needed immunization booster and return that paperwork to the main office (see enclosed paperwork).


As mentioned above, I am incredibly excited for the start of the upcoming year, and I am eager to share the exciting changes with you and your scholar. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call.




Sydney Gruhin




New Parent Orientation

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

June 18, 2015


Dear new CLA family,


We look forward to getting to know you and your scholar as we prepare for your first year at Citizens Leadership Academy.  For your next step during the summer, you need to sign up for a mandatory New Parent Orientation session.  Your choices for this are:

    • Thursday, July 14, at 5:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, July 28, at 5:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 1, at 10:30 a.m.
    • Thursday, August 5, at 5:30 p.m.


Please call Ms. Pratt at 216-229-8185 by June 30 to RSVP for one of these important sessions!  Also, be sure to bring your student’s immunization record to the Parent Orientation you select. Additionally, during this orientation, you will have the opportunity to purchase CLA polo shirts (part of the required uniform) for $7.25 each. We will also be distributing summer work for students to get them prepared to become a member of our community.


Just a few weeks ago we celebrated our second CLA eighth-grade graduation. It is with great pride that we share that, having completed three years of Citizens Leadership Academy middle school education, our CLA scholars matriculated to some of the most selective and prestigious high schools in the region: University School, Hawken, John Hay School of Science and Medicine, St. Edward High School, Beaumont, Benedictine, John Hay School of Architecture and Design, St. Martin de Porres, Montessori High School, and John Hay Early College, as well as high-performing and innovative CMSD schools including Mc2STEM School and the Cleveland Digital Arts Academy.  Many of our scholars earned scholarships to these schools, and these schools will help them earn scholarships to college! We will help coach your scholar to make an informed choice in terms of high-school selection, and we will help your whole family in the high-school preparation process starting early on in seventh grade.


Lastly, our CLA community garden is in full swing, and at parent orientation we will be offering some light refreshments made from our school-grown crops. We are looking forward to seeing you and your scholar over the next few weeks!




Shelly Saltzman           Sydney Gruhin       Ricardo Franklin

Head of School                                 Principal                                             Dean of Students


Summer Packets

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

All rising 7th and 8th grade scholars are required to complete a math packet and read a novel (provided by CLA) and complete the associated packet for English. Students must complete the packets in their entirety (every question should be answered and every blank should be filled in, including the extended response and essays at the end). These packets are due on the first day of school as the first mastery grades in English and math class. Students who read the most do the best in all of their classes; accordingly, students should read every day of the summer. Please contact the office at 216-229-8185 or e-mail for questions about math or for questions about English. Have a wonderful summer!

Reading packet for rising 7th graders: Grade7SummerReadingPacket

Reading packet for rising 8th graders: Grade8SummerReadingPacket

Math packet for rising 7th graders:  STEM Summer Stretch 6B Packet

Math packet for rising 8th graders: STEM Summer Stretch 7B Packet