WELCOME TO

CITIZENS ACADEMY EAST

Welcome to Citizens Academy East, one of the highest-performing non-profit, tuition-free elementary schools in Cleveland. As a second campus of Citizens Academy, we have collectively been serving our community since 1999. Our school is free, public, and open to all students and families.

Academic Excellence, Responsible Citizenship

Together, our Citizens schools have developed a national reputation for their commitment to academic excellence and responsible citizenship. Our remarkable faculty and staff, board, parents, families, community members, and students work hard every day to make Citizens Academy East among the best places in Cleveland to learn and grow as young students and citizens. If you have any questions or would like to come in for a visit, let us know!

Our Mission

The mission of Citizens Academy East is to produce learners who exemplify academic excellence and responsible citizenship.

Our Values

Our seven virtues are responsibility, respect, perseverance, honesty, generosity, courage, and loyalty.

Our Approach

Virtues like responsibility and perseverance are key to our students’ success. They achieve academic excellence while learning to become responsible citizens.

Innovative Academics & School Culture

Citizens Academy has developed a transformative school culture that is the foundation of our success. The Citizens Academy Way (The CA Way) is a set of high academic and behavioral expectations that promote a sense of ambition, personal responsibility, and a ‘no excuses’ attitude in all of our students. Students are expected to come to school on time, in uniform, and prepared to learn, and to treat themselves and others with respect at all times. We teach students that their behavior is their choice and that all choices have consequences. Positive choices earn positive consequences and negative choices earn negative consequences.

We give consequences in a nurturing manner to teach each student that we want them to succeed and are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that they succeed. Monthly citizenship assemblies culminate in the Citizen of the Month awards ceremony, where students who have exemplified good citizenship are recognized. The CA Way lays a strong foundation for our students to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

Our Results

We are proud of our students' most recent accomplishments on the Ohio Department of Education exams. You can find our full school report card on the ODE website here.

Exceptional Student Education

Everyone learns here! We celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion of all types of learners and we work hard to make sure that our schools are brave spaces where exceptional learners are supported and have all the resources needed to reach their full potential. Learn more about Exceptional Student Education at Breakthrough here

Engaging, Interactive Remote Learning

We know that remote learning takes a major commitment from families and scholars, and we’re here to make it as easy as possible while continuing to provide an excellent education.

We provide all of the technology, wifi accessibility, and tech-support needed to facilitate remote learning and we also offer grab-and-go meal kits each week to all scholars.

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Extracurriculars

Citizens Academy Schools offer a variety of programs to students in our higher math and literacy blocks to extend their creative and critical thinking skills.  Such programs have included:

  • C.S.I. – Students solve a mystery by conducting a series of forensic tests.  Students learn about genetics, the judicial system, and a variety of math and science skills.

Parent Comittee

Thanks to all the parents and family members that make up our PAC. All families welcome.

School Calendar

Dress Code & School Uniforms

Citizens Academy East| Breakthrough Public Schools

The Basics

Grades: K-5
Phone: (216) 367-9392
Fax: (216) 761-7398

12523 Woodside Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44108

Principal
Agnes Aleobua

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Agnes Aleobua | Breakthrough Public Schools

MEET THE PRINCIPAL!

About Agnes Aleouba

Agnes began her career in education with Teach for America in the Miami-Dade area. In 2009, she returned to her hometown of Detroit to serve as the founding principal of University YES Academy, a new charter school serving scholars in one of Detroit’s most impoverished neighborhoods. In 2012, Agnes was selected by TFA Indianapolis as a distinguished Principal Fellow.  Through the fellowship she completed her Masters in Educational Leadership through Columbia University’s Teachers College.  Her specialty has been leading teams in efforts to turn around previously under-served schools.  

Among several areas of expertise, Agnes has been recognized specifically for her work bringing together teams to drive transformational school-level change. She is most proud of the work her team did in 2015, moving Indianapolis Public School 103, later renamed Phalen Leadership Academy @ 103 from a state grade of F to an A in two years. Since then, Phalen Leadership has maintained its A rating three years in a row. 

MEET EMMARY!

A Student at CAE

Hear from CAE Kindergartener, Emmary, to discover what she loves most about Citizens Academy East, her favorite things about school, and a glimpse into what makes Breakthrough Public Schools such a special place!

We offer an innovative and engaging curriculum for all scholars, including support for all learners, and unique programs such as our kindergarten readiness summer program, after-school activities, and enrichment programming.

See Citizens Academy East In Action!