Family Resources & Family Partnership Office

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Citizens Academy Southeast is an elementary school in the Lee-Harvard neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. We offer students and families a unique educational approach built on what we call the Citizens Way.

Academic Excellence, Responsible Citizenship

Welcome to Citizens Academy Southeast, the third Citizens Academy in Cleveland! We opened our Southeast campus due to community support and demand for more high-quality schools like our founding Citizens Academy.

Citizens Academy Southeast is tuition-free and provides its students with a safe and nurturing environment.  We offer smaller class sizes for literacy and math, personalized learning activities, and a focus on citizenship as well as academic excellence.  CAS has an extended school day along with an after care enrichment program. The Citizens Academy model has a national reputation for quality, earning 4 consecutive “Excellent” and “Excellent with Distinction” ratings from the Ohio Department of Education, has been named a Blue Ribbon School from the United States Department of Education, and named an ODE “School of Honor”.

Our Mission

The mission of Citizens Academy Southeast 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.


The Basics

Grades: K-5
Phone: (216) 586-3887
Fax: (216) 561-1121

15700 Lotus Dr.
Cleveland, Ohio 44128

Principal: Leah Martello


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Programs & Support

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.

We provide the following student-focused and goal-driven support services:

  • ESE teachers who provide both push-in and pull-out support for students with IEPs.
  • Counseling
  • English as a New Language (ENL) support
  • Speech therapy, Physical therapy, Occupational therapy, Hearing services
  • Gifted education acceleration
  • We offer ESE Extension Rooms settings for students with IEPs who need more specially designed instruction and a small-group, self-contained setting.

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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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.

After School

We have after school tutoring for students looking for extra support with reading and math, as well as Homework Club for those who need a quiet place to finish homework. Additionally, we have an after school partnership with the Boys & Girls Club on Broadway, and provide transportation there after school every day.

Parent Committee

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

Family Resources

Important Links

Dress Code & School Uniforms

For more information, visit our Uniform page.

Policies + Notices

Please find a list of our school’s policies below. If you have any questions, just let us know!

View All Other School Policies Here

General Notice of Non-Discrimination

The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or age in its programs and activities.

Board List & Calendar

Board List & Calendar

We're so thankful to our all-volunteer Board of Directors. Please find our latest board member list & calendars here:

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A Student at CAS

Hear from CAS scholar, Kayla, to discover what she loves most about Citizens Academy Southeast, 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 Southeast In Action!