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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!"

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.

Current Events

Special activities with your child *Updated

By jtaylor | September 20, 2017

Stay tuned for details about upcoming events this year! Grandparents Day on September 13th was a huge success! Over 50 Grandparents of students in grades Kindergarten through 5th came to school and participated in classroom activities. Thank you for actively supporting the students of CAE! Fathers / male relatives walk your child to school day on…

Penguin Patch

By jtaylor | September 12, 2017

  Stay tuned for this year’s Penguin Patch Shop coming in December

Citizens Academy East Book Fair

By CA East | September 12, 2017

Stay tuned for this year’s Book Fair dates coming in both the fall and the spring!

Curriculum Night

By jtaylor | September 5, 2017

Please join us for Curriculum Night ! Discover what your child will be learning this year as you visit their classroom 4:00 – 5:00 PM September 19, 2017 Followed by the 1st Parent Advisory Committee meeting of the year from 5:15 – 6:00 PM

School Picture Day

By jtaylor | August 21, 2017

School pictures will be taken on Monday, September 25th during the school day. To order prints please follow the Ripcho Studio school photos link:  

Upcoming Assessment Dates

By jtaylor | August 18, 2017

Beginning of the Year Assessments NWEA 3rd-5th grades – week of August 21 – Reading and Math K-2nd grades – week of September 5th – Reading K-2nd grades – week of September 11th – Math   iReady K-5th grades – week of August 28th – Reading and Math   ELA AIR – Ohio Department of Education 3rd…

Back to School Carnival

By jtaylor | August 9, 2017

Join us for the Citizens East Campus Back to School Carnival Friday, August 11, 2017 4 – 6 pm We will have music, a bouncy house, giant slide, face painting, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones and more. We look forward to seeing you there!

Drop off and Pick up Routes

By jtaylor | August 2, 2017

Below is the new drop off and dismissal map for the 2017-2018 school year This year Citizens Academy East K-5 welcomes to the campus Citizens Leadership Academy East for 6th graders. To ensure the safety of all students during the busy traffic times of drop off and dismissal the routes on the map will be…

Ohio Tax Free Holiday Weekend

By jtaylor | July 23, 2017

Plan your back-to-school shopping for the tax free holiday weekend.   The holiday starts on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax: Clothing priced at $75 per item or less; School supplies…

Summer Events

By jtaylor | July 19, 2017

New and returning families! Please join the staff for the CAE ice cream social and story time Glenville Library 11900 St. Clair Ave. July 26th between 2:00-4:00 pm

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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