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.

Celebration of Learning – December 21 at 4:00PM

December 6, 2017

Everyone is invited to the 2017 CLA-EAST Winter Celebration of Learning. Come see and hear about the amazing work that our scholars have done.

Thursday, December 21, 2017, at 4:00 PM. There will also be light refreshments.


Citizens Leadership Academy (CLA) Celebration of Learning 2017

Every year, middle schoolers at Citizens Leadership Academy (and now Citizens Leadership Academy East!!) bring together the community for a "Celebration of Learning" -- a culmination of the year's real-world learning and community engagement. #CLA #CLAE #CityIsOurClassroom

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Welcome to Citizens Leadership Academy East (CLAE), our second middle school in Cleveland!

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.

Citizens Leadership Academy

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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This weeks community award recipients. #IAMCLAE #TigerPride

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Shout out to DJ Ro Digga from Z107.9 Thank you for coming to speak to our scholars about ways they can make their PSA’s about heathy living,..

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A little bit of fun in the snow after visiting the science center. #IAMCLAE

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After studying cells, organs and organ systems, CLAE scholars had a chance to put their learning and skills to work. Our scholars traveled to..

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"Cleveland charter school looks at how leadership makes a difference in the world"

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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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