Where academic excellence meets responsible citizenship.

John Oliver, meet Xavier.

Last Week Tonight, hosted by John Oliver, is a favorite show of one of our students. But when John took on charter schools in Ohio on a recent episode, we wanted to respond! Check out Xavier's video response here, "BACK OFF CAE!"

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Academic Excellence, Responsible Citizenship

Welcome to Citizens Academy East! CAE was founded in 2011 due to community support for more high-quality schools like our flagship Citizens Academy. Here is a video of our Founding Assistant Principal (and former Citizens Academy Teacher) working with students on one of our core skills: Thinking Aloud.

Serving Grades K-5

Citizens Academy East serves students in grades K-5, and offers middle school options at Citizens Leadership Academy and our other partner schools. 

Top-Rated, Tuition-Free

Citizens Academy East is the second campus of Citizens Academy, our nationally-recognized flagship elementary school. Want to learn more?

For Middle School

After graduating from Citizens Academy, Citizens Leadership Academy is our 6-8th grade middle school, located in the University Circle neighborhood. 

Our Citizenship Approach

Virtues like responsibility and perseverance are key to our students' success. We work toward academic excellence while learning to become responsible citizens.


A Community Built On Virtues

The mission of Citizens Academy East is to produce learners who exemplify academic excellence and responsible citizenship. Our vision is for every student to graduate from college and become a productive and civically engaged member of society.

We get there by what we call The Citizens Academy Way. We're proud of this transformative school culture that is the foundation of our success. The Citizens Academy Way (The CA Way) is a set of high academic and behavioral expectations that promote a sense of ambition, personal responsibility, and a ‘no excuses’ attitude in all of our students.

Ready to Take The Next Step?

Our school is public and open to all families, but we do have limited spaces due to our very small class sizes. If you are interested in securing your child's spot, please consider taking action sooner than later. Thanks for your interest!

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Attend an Info Session

Attending one of our Information Sessions is the best way to see if CAE is right for you and your child. Tour our school, meet staff and families, and get to know our school. 

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Ready to start your child's application? Great! Get started here. You can save your account as you go, and always contact us with any questions.