Get To Know Citizens Academy East

Mission & Vision

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.


Jennifer Taylor, Principal
Citizens Academy East

Jennifer Taylor is the principal of Citizens Academy East. She has been with the Citizens Academy Model of schools for 10 years. She began with Citizens Academy as a teacher, then as the Citizens Academy principal and most recently the Director of Special Education for all three Citizens Academy Schools. Mrs. Taylor has worked in both traditional public and public charter schools in Cincinnati, Oh and Detroit, Mi prior to coming to Cleveland. She has a B.S. from Xavier University in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. from Wright State University in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Taylor is committed to doing what is best for children and supporting the mission and vision of the Citizens Academy schools. Mrs. Taylor also enjoys visiting her children and grandchildren, quilting, reading and traveling with her husband on their motorcycles.

School History

Our very first Citizens Academy campus opened in 1999 and is currently one of the highest-rated elementary schools in the state of Ohio. Named a Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education in 2011, Citizens Academy is a proud leader in high-quality public school education.

Central to our success is our high expectations for everyone in our school: students, staff, leaders, board members, and everyone else in the Citizens community. Our no-excuses, virtues-centered school culture affords students the opportunity to excel, not only as students but as citizens.

Board of Directors

Citizens Academy, Citizens Academy East and Citizens Academy Southeast are non-profit, public schools, and each has a Board of dedicated community members who help make our schools outstanding places for our students, families, and community. Many thanks to our Boards for volunteering their time, energy, and effort to our schools:

  • John Dunn
  • Seku Shabazz
  • Enid Rosenberg
  • Brian Roof
  • Kareemah Williams
  • Sophia Onwuzulike
  • Merry McCreary
  • Kevin Slesh
  • Jennifer Howard
  • Tanisha Council

Board Contact Information

Phone: 216-791-4195

Grades Served

Citizens Academy East is an elementary school serving students in grades K-5. 

Innovative Academic Program

School Culture

Citizens Academy has developed a 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. Students are expected to come to school on time, in uniform, and prepared to learn, and to treat themselves and others with respect at all times. We teach students that their behavior is their choice and that all choices have consequences. Positive choices earn positive consequences and negative choices earn negative consequences. We give consequences in a nurturing manner to teach each student that we want them to succeed and are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that they succeed. Monthly citizenship assemblies culminate in the Citizen of the Month awards ceremony, where students who have exemplified good citizenship are recognized.  The CA Way lays a strong foundation for our students to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

Watch this video to learn more about our school culture:


Academic Results

We are proud of our students' most recent accomplishments on the Ohio Department of Education exams. You can find our full school report card on the ODE website here.


Citizens Academy Schools offer a variety of programs to students in our higher math and literacy blocks to extend their creative and critical thinking skills.  Such programs have included:

  • C.S.I. – Students solve a mystery by conducting a series of forensic tests.  Students learn about genetics, the judicial system, and a variety of math and science skills.

Dress Code & School Uniforms

CA students are in uniform with shoes tied, shirt tails in and collars