Considering CLA for your middle schooler?

We're honored you're considering our school for your child. Citizens Leadership Academy is not your typical middle school. 

We are an Expeditionary Learning school – the first in Northeast Ohio. EL Education is a network of about 175 schools across the nation that are grounded in interdisciplinary, long-term projects that make learning engaging and relevant. Expeditionary Learning brings learning to life and makes core skill building much more relevant.

We are a tuition-free non-profit public charter school, with the full support of our mayor and CMSD CEO. We are a member of Breakthrough Schools, the #1 rated network of public charter schools in Cleveland (and all of Ohio). And, most importantly, we're a challenging, rigorous, safe, and exciting place for your child to learn and grow.


"I like CLA's hands-on curriculum, and this year I LOVE the strong communication between the parent and teachers."

- Natoya Finley, mother of a CLA sixth grader and two students at Citizens Academy

We're bringing middle school back.

Get To Know 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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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.

Start Application

Ready to start your child's application? Great! Get started here. You can save your account as you go, and always contact us with any questions.