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Welcome to Breakthrough.

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).

We accept new students and transfer students in grades K-8 all year round. If you have any questions: call us (216) 367-5720 or email us here.

Breakthrough ranked #1 in Ohio by Stanford University 2017 study

Where Are They Now?

Creative Filmmakers followed four of our students (now alumni!) for ten years. Watch this short video to see where they are now. #ClassOf2017



Our students' results speak for themselves - our schools are the #1 rated network of K-8 public schools in Cleveland and all of Ohio.


Distinct Approaches

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


Free & Public

Our schools are 100% free, public, and open to all students and families.

11 Schools

We started in Cleveland and are committed to Cleveland. Our schools are located in Glenville, St Clair Superior, Hough, University Circle, Lee Harvard, Union Miles, and Cudell.

Breakthrough Schools Ohio Department of Education Test Results for Cleveland and "Big 8" 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-4
17900 Harvard Avenue in Lee-Harvard
Near E. 183rd & Harvard

CLA Southeast

Will Serve Grades 6-8
Planned to open 2019/20, 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-2
2220 West 95th St
Cleveland 44102

E Prep Willard

Openings in 5-6
2220 West 95th St
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.

Haven't heard enough?

Secure your child's spot.

Last year, all of our schools ended up with a waiting list in multiple grades. If you are interested in one of our schools, don't delay. Secure your child's spot by visiting a school and starting your child's application online.

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