Welcome to Citizens Academy, Citizens Academy East & Citizens Academy Southeast

Welcome! Citizens Academy was founded in 1999 by Perry White in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, it has become one of the top-performing elementary schools in Cleveland (and in the entire state of Ohio!).

Welcome to Citizens Academy, one of the highest-rated public charter schools in Cleveland!

Due to high demand and community interest, we opened our second campus in 2012, Citizens Academy East, and our third campus in 2015, Citizens Academy Southeast.  Together, our schools have developed a national reputation for their commitment to academic excellence and responsible citizenship. Our remarkable faculty and staff, board, parents, families, community members, and students work hard every day to make Citizens Academy Schools among the best places in Cleveland to learn and grow as young students and citizens.

In 2011, Citizens Academy earned one of the nation’s top honors: it was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education. This prestigious honor awards schools with exemplary student outcomes in both suburban and urban schools.   In the 2012-2013 school year, CA was named a High Performing School of Honor and a High Progress School of Honor.  Through Ohio’s new Schools Of Honor program, the Ohio Department of Education has recognized 90 schools that have sustained high academic achievement and has made substantial gains.  Citizens Academy is one of only two schools in the entire state to win BOTH awards!  In 2014, CA was again recognized as a High Performing School of Honor.  Learn more about our students’ remarkable results here.

Our top-performing elementary schools are FREE, public, and open to all students and families. However, we do have limited space in all our grades.

If you are interested in securing a spot for your child or children for the upcoming 2015/16 school year, please contact us as soon as possible — we will soon have a wait list for next year!

Click here to start the enrollment process.

E-Rate Information For Vendors As Follows

Please visit our network website, Breakthrough Schools, for all E-Rate Vendor Information. Thanks!

Enroll Your Child

Citizens Academy is one of highest-performing free, public charter schools in Cleveland and spaces are very limited! Click here to learn more about enrolling & to enroll your child today!

Teach With Us!

We are proud of our amazing, dedicated teachers and leaders. Interested in teaching in a safe, positive, high-performing urban school? Click here to learn more about careers at Citizens Academy.