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.


April 24, 2019

Join tens of thousands of EL Education students and teachers as they take civic action to make the world a safer, stronger, and more just place locally and globally. See how EL Education students put their learning to work for their communities on Better World Day and every day. The CLA-EAST school community will take…

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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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Congratulations to the CLA-EAST Gold Star Students of the month for the month of March!

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The CLA-EAST 7th grade girls took part in an amazing experience today. Girl Power! is a local initiative created to empower young ladies to step..

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With a staff like this…almost anything is possible. #EducationIsUrgent #CLA-EAST

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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!

Visit Our School

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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