Welcome to CLA-EAST.

Welcome to Cleveland's newest middle school, Citizens Leadership Academy East. We combine real-world learning with community engagement to achieve middle school excellence.

School Supply Giveaway

July 30, 2018

In support of the Community Garden in the District Garden, operated by the Acy Family, CLA-EAST families and friends are invited to attend their annual School Supply Giveaway. Stop by for free school supplies, fresh vegetables, haircuts, and hair stylists. There will be a live DJ as well as a guest speaker and the famous…

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Preparing civically engaged leaders

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.


A new middle school

CLA East is a new campus of the award-winning CLA middle school. We have limited openings in 6th grade.

Real World Learning

Our hands-on, expeditionary approach to learning has changed the way our students learn and interact with our city.

Community Engagement

Our approach includes a serious commitment to community engagement, including one time and ongoing projects.


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6th grade scholars creating their “All About Me T-Shirts” in Ms.Townsend’s art class.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 7th Grade Homework Science: “Hot Hands” STEM Connection ELA: Nobel Peace Prize Article & Annotations (in Annotations..

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 6th Grade Homework Math: Writing Ratios Worksheet Science: Scientific Method Graphic Organizer Social Studies: “Farewell..

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Station Rotations in Ms. Stickel and Mr. Thompson’s 6th grade math class. #EducationIsUrgent

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A community of civically engaged citizens

CLAE offers high academic and behavioral expectations that promote a sense of ambition, personal responsibility, and a “no excuses” attitude in our students.

At CLAE there is a strong emphasis on student ownership of academic achievement and habits of leadership. The resulting school culture makes school a joyful place, rooted in consistency and positivity. The CLAE school culture also lays a strong academic and leadership foundation for our students to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

Citizens East Campus

Citizens Academy East and Citizens Leadership Academy East
12523 Woodside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44108

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Our school is public and open to all families, but we do have limited spaces due to our small class sizes. To secure your child's spot for next year, consider taking action sooner rather than later. Thanks for your interest!

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Visiting our school is the best way to see if CLAE is right for you and your child. Get to know us by touring our school and meeting staff and families.

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