Enrolling Your Child

We're a 100% nonprofit network of K-8 public schools in Cleveland, Ohio. All the elementary and middle schools in our network are 100% free and open to all students. Our students and teachers ranked #11 nationally in reading, #16 nationally in math, and #1 in Ohio (CREDO at Stanford University Study 2017).

If you have any questions: call us (216) 367-5720 or email us here.

Currently Accepting Mid-Year Transfers

We accept new students year-round. If you would like to enroll your child in one of our K-8 schools, complete your child's application and call us at (216) 367-5720 with any questions. We do have wait lists in several grades, but encourage you to contact us because we do have at least a few openings at each campus!

Our Enrollment Process

Enrolling in our schools involves two steps: visiting a school & completing an application. You can complete these steps in any order. Many families choose to start their application first and then sign up for a visit.

Questions? Call us M-F (216) 367-5720, email usor fill out this brief form and we will contact you right away by phone, email, or text.

Visit a School

Visiting a school is one of the best ways to decide if it will be right for your and your child/ren. Click below to see upcoming events and/or setup a personal tour.

Complete Your Application

A completed application includes four components:

  • The Application (Complete Online)
  • Proof of Residency (w/in last 90 days)
  • Copy of Child's Birth Certificate
  • Child's shot records (due 1st day of school)
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Top Rated Nationally

Our schools are the #11 nationally in reading, #16 nationally in math, and #1 in Ohio overall.


Free. Public. Open to All.

Our top-rated, non-profit public schools are completely tuition-free, and open to all.


Distinct Approaches

Our schools offer multiple educational approaches - which will be best for your child?

Statewide Results

In addition to our national rankings, we're proud of our results on the Ohio Department of Education state exams, as well. Our students and teachers outperformed all major cities in Ohio.



Our Citizens founding schools include our National Blue Ribbon Award-Winning elementary school Citizens Academy and our MOMENTUM Award-Winning middle school Citizens Leadership Academy. A very short drive between elementary and middle school, our founding schools provide a space for your child to thrive from pre-K through 8th grade.

Citizens Academy

Openings in K-5
10118 Hampden Ave. in Glenville
Near East Blvd. & Superior

Citizens Leadership Academy

Openings in 6-8
9711 Lamont Ave in University Circle
Near E 97 & Chester


We opened our Citizens East Campus due to strong community demand and support. Here, both our elementary school Citizens Academy East (CAE) and our middle school Citizens Leadership Academy East (CLAE) are located in the same building.

CA East

Openings in K-5
12523 Woodside Ave. in Glenville
Near E. 125th & Eddy

CLA East

Openings in 6-8
12523 Woodside Ave in Glenville
Near E. 125th & Eddy


Our Citizens Southeast Campus is our newest Citizens Campus, currently serving grades K-4. Our CA Southeast Campus is growing to serve student grades K-8, and will be featuring a Citizens Leadership Academy Southeast when we open for middle school.

CA Southeast

Openings in K-5
15700 Lotus Drive
Near Lee & Harvard

CLA Southeast

Will Serve Grades 6-8
Planned to open 2020, stay tuned for updates during our planning.


Our founding E Prep & Village Prep Cliffs campus opened in 2006, and serves students in grades K-8. Our "Preparatory" schools feature a highly structured, joyful environment with energizing routines and tremendous rigor. "Every second matters" is what we say about out Preparatory campuses.

Village Prep Cliffs

Openings in K-4
1417 E. 36th St in Asiatown
Between Superior & St Clair

E Prep Cliffs

Openings in 5-8
1417 E. 36th St in Asiatown
Between Superior & St Clair


Our founding E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills is our second Preparatory campus, serving students in grades K-8. Our "Preparatory" schools feature a highly structured, joyful environment with energizing routines and tremendous rigor. Woodland Hills is especially helpful in students make multiple years of academic progress in just one year.

Village Prep Woodland Hills

Openings in K-4
9201 Crane Avenue
E 93rd & Union

E Prep Woodland Hills

Openings in 5-8
9201 Crane Avenue
E 93rd & Union


Preps Willard is our newest E Prep & Village Prep campus, growing to serve students in grades K-8. Our first west side Preparatory Campus, Preps Willard is an exciting, diverse, multicultural learning environment featuring high structure, high energy, and academic rigor.

Village Prep Willard

Openings in K-3
9401 Willard Ave.
Cleveland 44102

E Prep Willard

Openings in 5-7
9401 Willard Ave.
Cleveland 44102

Meet two of our students

Our Graduates Are Going Places


Top High Schools

Our graduates attend top public and private high schools in Cleveland, often earning significant or full scholarships for their achievements.


Outstanding Colleges

Alumni like Laquanna are attending some of the nations top colleges (on a full-ride, as well!).


And Far Beyond...

Alumni like Terrance Reynolds are traveling the world, as college graduates and global citizens.

Ready to Get Started?

Start your child's application today. Don't end up on the wait list!