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The City is Our Classroom

Welcome to Citizens Leadership Academy, the first Expeditionary Learning middle school in northeast Ohio. Our free public community school opened its doors in August 2011 with 97 sixth graders and is now fully enrolled with grades 6-8. We offer our students a hands-on approach to learning, whether in the classroom or in the community.

Our partnerships with local business, artists, hospitals, and non-profit organizations help to enliven and broaden our students’ middle school experience. If you have any questions about CLA, don't hesitate to contact us. Look forward to hearing from you soon!

Our Mission

CLA will prepare its urban middle school students to lead in academics, service, and civic engagement during high school, college, and beyond.

Our Values

To add a highly effective middle school model to the mix of current school offerings available to Citizens Academy graduates and other regional students.

Our Approach

Learning is hands-on, and the city is our lab. Building on the Citizens elementary approach, scholars focus on academic rigor and civic engagement.


The Basics

Phone: (216) 229-8185
Fax: (216) 229-8516

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9711 Lamont Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Sydney Gruhin

Grades 6-8

Meet a CLA scholar!

Information for Parents & Families

School Day & Year

Citizens Leadership Academy starts at 7:45am and ends at 3:30pm (Fridays until 1pm).

Before & After School

At Citizens Leadership Academy, we offer Before & After School care, including extracurriculars and much more.

Music & Art

We offer music and arts activities for students to creatively express themselves.


We offer a variety of extracurricular activities such as basketball and cheerleading.

Getting Here

Citizens Leadership Academy is located at 9711 Lamont Ave in Cleveland. We are near E.97th.