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Eden: “The Citizen Academy Way” — Why a Cleveland Charter Succeeds in a Failure Zone

By Terrance Reynolds | January 31, 2017

When Staci Pratt, a math instruction specialist, came to Citizens Academy in 2003, the one proficient math student had just transferred out. But after more than a decade of hard work by Pratt and her colleagues, CA now boasts an 88 percent proficiency rate, serves more than 400 students and has spun off two sister…

Vote For Issue 108

Support Issue 108 and High Quality Education in Cleveland

By Breakthrough Schools | October 2, 2016

As recently reported on, we wanted to share about Issue 108 and why it’s important not only for Breakthrough Schools, but for quality public education in Cleveland. CLEVELAND.COM Here’s why it’s in every Cleveland citizen’s interest to vote “Yes” on Issue 108 to renew the Cleveland school-reform levy: *School reforms are working. Just a few years into…

Breakthrough Schools, Menlo Park Academy land $10M in state grants for West Side expansion

By Breakthrough Schools | August 22, 2016

Originally printed in on August 19, 2016 CLEVELAND, Ohio – Menlo Park Academy and theBreakthrough charter schools will receive the largest grants from the state from a new $25 million fund to help charters rehabilitate or build schools. Menlo Park’s gifted program, now located in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland, will receive $4.6 million for…

Students visit PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff at NPR’s Ideastream!

By Breakthrough Schools | July 20, 2016

Two students from Breakthrough Schools visited PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff at NPR’s Ideastream – thanks to NPR, Ideastream, NewsHour, and Judy for taking the time! What a great experience for our students.

Breakthrough Schools earns Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2016!

By Breakthrough Schools | June 13, 2016

Breakthrough Schools is so honored to receive the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year Award for Northeast Ohio. Alan Rosskamm and John Zitzner accepted the award on behalf of all the students, staff, teachers, leaders, parents, families, board members, and supporters of our organization. Congrats to everyone on such on honor!

My Hope Is That All Cleveland Kids Can Benefit From a Quality Education Like I Did

By Terrance Reynolds | May 14, 2016

LETTERS FROM ALUMNI SERIES, 2016 TERRANCE REYNOLDS, E PREP CLIFFS ALUMNI I am writing to tell you a little bit about where I am in life now thanks to the education I received at Breakthrough Schools. I was born and raised in Cleveland. Before going to Breakthrough, I attended several other primary schools but did…

New Campus coming to Cudell neighborhood coming soon!

By Breakthrough Schools | February 16, 2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The highly successful Breakthrough charter school partnership plans to open new versions of its Village Prep and E-Prep schools on the West Side over the next two years. The Cleveland school board gave initial approval last week for a new Village Prep to start in the fall at the old Willard school at…

Cleveland Browns owners pledge $10M donation to Breakthrough Schools!

By Breakthrough Schools | December 30, 2015

VIA CLEVELAND.COM CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are giving $10 million to the Breakthrough charter schools to add more schools in the city. The donation is the largest in the history of the 11-school partnership that is widely considered to be the strongest charter school network in the state. It’s…

Alumni Blog: Why I Fell in Love With Tokyo, Japan

By Terrance Reynolds | November 12, 2015

FROM OUR ALUMNI SERIES, Terrance Reynolds Last weekend I visited Tokyo, Japan and I immediately fell in love with the city, it’s people, and their culture. There is no other place in the world I rather visit. For those five days, it was like I was living a dream. It’s a place that inspired my childhood,…