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.

Preparing a Community of Civically Engaged Citizens

We offer our students a hands-on approach to learning, whether in the classroom or in the community.

Our partnerships with local businesses, 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

The mission of Citizens Academy 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.

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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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.


The Basics

Grades: 6-8
Phone: (216) 791-4195
Fax: (216) 791-3013

9711 Lamont Ave
Cleveland OH 44106

Sydney Gruhin

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A Student at CLA

Hear from CLA 8th Grader, Adrionna, to discover what she loves most about Citizens Leadership Academy, 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 for middle schoolers such as our highschool readiness program, after-school activities, and enrichment programming.

See Citizens Leadership Academy in Action!