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Returning Families – Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year

Dear returning CLA families, It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through July and that the school year will be starting in just five weeks! Enrollment is going well this summer; we have very few openings in seventh and eighth grade, but we do have a number of openings in sixth grade, so…

Important Dates

New Family Parent Orientation

Tuesday, July 18 at 5:30

New Family Parent Orientation

Saturday, July 27 at 11:00

New Family Parent Orientation

Tuesday, July 30 at 5:30

Before School Conferences (call to schedule)

Wednesday, August 7 from 7:00 to 2:00

Thursday, August 8 from 11:00 to 6:00

First Day of School

Monday, August 12

Important Links

Past Updates & Announcements

CLA Students Create "Lock In" Field Trip — At CLA!

“We have to admit, one of the best days we have ever had at school was our LOCK-IN at CLA! Our day started with classes as usual, but then our school transformed. It wasn’t just a day of learning, we had fun! We turned our classrooms into PS3 game rooms, movie theaters, Xbox challenges on…

CLA students at the Cleveland Art Museum

On Tuesday November 15th my class went to the Cleveland Art Museum for our social studies class. Instead of sitting down looking at textbooks, we actually went out and learned real facts for ourselves. The most memorable experience I have was seeing the hand crafted amulets from ancient Egypt that were very detailed in every…

Cleveland Expeditionary School First in Area – WKYC

WKYC visited Citizens Leadership Academy Wednesday to learn more about the Expeditionary Learning Model featured in this school and championed by Shelly Saltzman. Please view the video above and view the article

Box Tops for Education

Citizens Leadership Academy is happy to partner with Box Tops for Education, a program which has given nearly $400 million since 1996. Citizens Leadership Academy families and students are encouraged to clip Box Top coupons from the hundreds of participating products and bring it to the school office.

Bike Riding on Lamont

Thanks to the Ohio City Bike Coop, the students are able to enjoy the beautiful day and learn proper bike safety, bike maintenance and bike mechanics.

September Update from Head of School

Update from the Head of School September 1, 2011 Dear CLA Families, It’s hard to believe that September is here! The CLA community has settled into routines and students and teachers have delved into rigorous academics. The overarching question for this Fall Expedition is, “What makes a community thrive?” In English, the students are reading…

Opening Day at CLA

Citizens Leadership Academy opened its doors this August 2011 to our founding class of 6th graders. Congratulations to the incredibly hard-working staff, leadership, volunteers, and community members who helped make CLA a reality! We are very excited about this year and what will come next. We will try and add at least a monthly blog…


Citizens Leadership Academy – WDOK 102.1 – December 5, 2010 – by Jim McIntyre A new public charter school opens next August for sixth graders in Cleveland. Principal Shelly Saltzman says Citizens Leadership Academy will offer expeditionary learning. She was joined by fifth-grader Justise Porter, who will be among the first students to attend Citizens Leadership Academy.…