Experience a different approach to middle school.

Welcome to Citizens Leadership Academy middle schools, Cleveland’s first expeditionary learning middle schools. We serve students grades 6-8 through an innovative combination of real-world learning, community engagement, and academic excellence.

Citizens Leadership Academy middle schools are tuition free, highly rated, and conveniently located in 3 Cleveland neighborhoods.

What is expeditionary learning?

In and out of the classroom, hands-on learning is an essential part of our curriculum. Every year, we focus on “essential questions” and dig deep into issues that matter to our community. Our mission is to prepare our students to lead in academics, service, and civic engagement during high school, college, and beyond through hands-on learning that takes place both in the classroom and in the world. Miles beyond just books, the expeditionary approach offers a rigorous and highly engaging course of study intended to shape scholars into future leaders.

“Citizens Leadership Academy middle schools afford their students the ability to learn hands on by applying what they learn to real- life situations."

- Tracey Spencer Benson, parent

Choose your Citizens Leadership Academy location:

CLA University Circle

9711 Lamont Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106 (map)

Principal: Sydney Gruhin

Citizens Leadership Academy

“Middle schoolers learn
through experience.
Get them into the world!”
— Sydney Gruhin, CLA Principal

CLA East

12523 Woodside Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44108 (map)

Principal: Ricardo Franklin, Sr.


“This is a completely different
experience for our middle
school kids.”
—Ricardo Franklin, CLA East Principal

CLA Southeast

15700 Lotus Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44128 (map)

Principal: Sophia Roy


“Our students work with the
professionals that they may
one day become.”
—Sophia Roy, CLA Southeast Principal