Where big dreams start young.

Welcome to Breakthrough Schools -- we're a new kind of nonprofit public school network pioneered in Cleveland. We have seven 100% tuition-free campuses throughout the city with distinct culture & curriculum led by top educators and dedicated staff. 3,250 students and families already attend our schools, and we have expanded to make room for at least 300 more!


Re-Enrollment is open for all current families to secure your spot(s) for next year. Please complete your re-enrollment by February 28th.

Mid-Year Transfers

We welcome new students year-round. We have limited openings in grades K-8 at each campus, but please contact us if you are interested because we would love to welcome you to our schools!

Early Enrollment

Early Enrollment deadline for the 2019/20 school year is March 7th. This is the best way to secure your child's spot for next year and avoid wait lists. If you have more than one child to enroll, we strongly recommend enrolling early so they can both get a spot.

Our next event is Enrollment Night on February 21.

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)

About Our Schools

We started in Cleveland and are committed to Cleveland. Our schools are located in Glenville, Hough / University Circle, Union Miles, St Clair-Superior / Asiatown, Lee Harvard, Union Miles, and Cudell. Just last year, our students and teachers ranked #11 nationally in reading, #16 nationally in math, and #1 overall in Ohio (Stanford University CREDO Study 2017).

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Breakthrough ranked #1 in Ohio by Stanford University 2017 study

Our Campuses


Citizens Academy

Grades Enrolling: K-5
10118 Hampden Ave
in Glenville


Citizens Leadership Academy

Grades Enrolling: 6-8
9711 Lamont Ave
in Hough / University Circle


Citizens East Campus

Grades Enrolling: K-5 & 6-7
CA East Elementary & CLA East Middle School
12523 Woodside Ave
in Glenville


Citizens Southeast Campus

Grades Enrolling: K-6
CA Southeast Elementary & CLA Southeast Middle School
15700 Lotus Dr
in Lee Harvard


E Prep & Village Prep Cliffs

Grades Enrolling: K-8
1417 East 36th Street
in St Clair - Superior / Asiatown


E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills

Grades Enrolling: K-8
9201 Crane Ave
in Union Miles


E Prep & Village Prep Willard

Grades Enrolling: K-8
9401 Willard Ave.
in Cudell

Interested in learning more?

We are free, public, and open to all students. You can schedule a tour at any of our schools or attend one of our upcoming Open Houses or Enrollment Nights.

Meet our graduates

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

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What can you expect in our schools?

While each of our schools has a distinct culture and curriculum, you can expect certain things to be true at every campus:

  • We believe in our students' potential and we work with them, and you, to achieve -- and exceed! -- their goals
  • We have high expectations for everyone: students, teachers, leaders, families, board members, and everyone else in our schools
  • We offer a citywide community of support to our scholars and our families, during school and after graduation

Principal Ricardo Franklin Sr, founding school leader at Citizens Leadership Academy East.

We're proud of our students' hard work & results.

Breakthrough Schools Ohio Department of Education Test Results for Cleveland and "Big 8" in Ohio
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We'd love to have you in our schools. If you have any questions at all, give us a call at (216) 367-5720. We look forward to hearing from you!