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Posted March 4, 2014

This school is very unprofessional and will do anything they can to your child once they are found in the wrong. Once they were advised on an incorrect grade for one of my children they began to harass and accuse my child for anything. They gave my child an in school suspension for the teacher asking him to pick up computers and the teacher left out the class with no supervision just kids, so a child refused to turn off the computer and give to my child to he turned it off for him and got the computer. The other child decided to push my son and my son pushed back. Luckily a child ran for help and they came but because the other child had family in the school they tried to say my son did everything. My child had never been a behavior problem any where including here, until I challenge citizens Academy. It is hard to find someone to have come and challenge them on there unprofessionalism. This is ridiculous my son was a straight A student until this year when they place him in this behavior class this year and new teacher to the school who can't control her class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

My grandchildren attended Citizens Academy and I was not pleased with them at all. My grandson has ADHD and was treated horribly at this school. He was constantly suspended and did not learn anything the whole year. They constantly called myself and his mother to pick him up because they could not deal with him. They knew before he came to the school of his condition but they acted as if they didn't. They said they could handle children with special needs but they certainly could not handle him. I know he can be a handful at times but he is actually a very sweet child and very intelligent. He often said his teacher did not like him. At first I was skeptical of what he was saying but I think he knew what he was talking about because he was sent to the office every day. No one ever took the time to know who he is and that maybe he was frustrated being thrown out of the classroom every day, being teased by the other children and often not taken on field trips. I would not recommend this school if your child has special needs or needs special help because they are not equipped to handle them and constantly penalize them because they do.


Posted February 13, 2011

My child attended CA 2005-08, the staff and teachers were great in meeting with me and my child about our concerns. However, they did not value the fact that children are individuals and have different personalities. The staff called me at work almost daily for trivial things such as my child took someone else's pencil and used it. My child was challenged in reading but not so much in math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

This is my daughter's first year at CA and she's on her third homeroom teacher and her math and literacy teacher is going on maternity leave until May. The school has great potential but some of the challenges are disconcerting. Additionally, computer is listed as a class but most weeks they don't have it but we can give computer instruction at home but they shouldn't list it if they aren't eqipped to truly offer the instruction. These inconsistencies are troubling but we're 'hanging in' for now. Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

My daughter go's to C.A.E and so does everyone of my little cousins, that equals up to seven. C.A.E is a school you have to everyone you know about it, all the kids are so advanced, there's no fighting, you can see the respect with the teachers and the kids. I do agree with(Extracurricular Activities).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

my daughter has went to Citizens Academy for three years now. I love the staff and teachers her grades have not dropped since her transfer and she is much happier in this environment. The school focuses on teaching them what they need to go to college and skills for the rest of their lives, not just to pass the state tests. I have a child in the Cleveland School Systen and others in another charter school, I wish that Citizens Academy went farther than the 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

I am a parent of a former CA student. My son attended the 2006-2007 shcool year there in grade K. We relocated away from the Cleveland area where he of course attended that areas local school. What a major difference between the things he learned at CA compared to what he wasn't learning at the new school. Things he'd done in his kindergarden class at CA were unheard of at the new school. They (the new school), were teaching the children as if they were in head start. I took it upon myself to take some of his class work I'd saved from CA to show the new teacher. Her comment was that 'their curriculm didn't call for advanced work. Advanced! hum. This was regular everyday work for CA. Quality, FREE, education, on the level of a tuition based curriculm! An exceptional example of what education should be. Barbb Davis
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

Last year, I was contracted to teach W. African Dance classes at Citizen's. I was so impressed with the discipline, respect, focus and exceptional commitment of both the students and the parents, that I enrolled my two children in the school this year- K and 5th. My son left a suburban school to enter this one with his little sister. They both love it, and so do I. The school is the epitome of what education in the US should be, I should know, as I am an educator as well. I am a proud CA parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

I am a proud member of the Citizen's Academy family. My fourth grader has attended C.A. since kindergarten. She has had highly effective, caring teachers, who care for the individual child as well as the collective student body. The staff, which includes a full time psychologist & social workers, go to great lengths to ensure each child has a chance to reach his/her full potential. With changes in curriculum & a new commitment from everyone, proficiency scores have risen & can compare with some suburban schools. Yes, we have a uniform policy. Marva Collins, the great educator, subscribed to the idea that formality establishes a tone & decorum that encourages students to see a school, regardless of it's setting, as hallowed ground, a place for learning. My child proudly dons her uniform daily, and her creativity has not been stifled one bit. It's also more economical for me!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2004

Having only attended an open house, I was pleased with the physical appearances of the classrooms and the curriculum. However, I was terribly disappointed that while they claim to promote character and citizenship, they force children to wear uniforms in a public school. As an American, freedom of expression does not warrant stifling my child's creativity by being required to look like everyone else in order to learn. Sadly, this school (and some other charters) believe and instill that it's really what's on the outside that counts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2004

Citizens' Academy is a wonderful family-oriented school! Our school truly puts education first. We just implemented a new math and reading program. Next year, we will begin the new science program. Proficiency scores are on the rise. I'm excited and delighted to be a part of the teaching staff here at C.A. -Staci McDaniel, Math & Science Coordinator, K-5
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted March 8, 2004

Citizens Academy is a breath of fresh air compared to most other choices in Cleveland, OH. They are very organized, they allow parents to participate at every level. My child is proud of his school and I am proud of him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2004

Citizens' Academy is an excellent choice for your children. I have two children (1st and 4th grade) who attend C.A. and they have both been provided with a safe and challenging academic environment. My 4th grader passed the 4th grade proficiency test and my 1st grader is reading at at a second grade reading level. They both participate in Spanish lessons and tutoring once a week. Their teachers are always approachable and willing to work above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that your child succeeds. I have been at C.A. for 5 years and would not trade the experience for the world.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 68% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
Female87%
Male90%
Black, non-Hispanic88%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female>=95%
Male93%
Black, non-Hispanic95%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled94%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students92%
Female89%
Male94%
Black, non-Hispanic92%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabled90%
Non-disabled92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students97%
Female94%
Male>=95%
Black, non-Hispanic>=95%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged>=95%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabled>=95%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students77%
Female79%
Male74%
Black, non-Hispanic76%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabled73%
Non-disabled78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
Black, non-Hispanic86%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabled91%
Non-disabled84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students78%
Female73%
Male85%
Black, non-Hispanic78%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabled55%
Non-disabled84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

In 2010-2011, this school received an Overall Rating of "Met Expected Growth".

Math

Reading

Grade 4MetMet
Grade 5MetMet

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
103 (2011)
 
103 (2010)
 
100 (2009)
 
91 (2008)

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120

About the tests


Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value-added estimates from the state of Ohio.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 95% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 2%
Hispanic N/A 4%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 4%
White N/A 74%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95%N/A47%
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 9%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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