A Message From Our Principal
Our school is led by Principal Lachelle Dixon-Harris.
Citizens Academy Southeast is tuition-free, providing its students with a safe and nurturing environment. We offer smaller class sizes for literacy and math, personalized learning activities, and a focus on citizenship as well as academic excellence. CAS has an extended school day along with an after care enrichment program. The Citizens Academy model has a national reputation for quality, earning 4 consecutive “Excellent” and “Excellent with Distinction” ratings from the Ohio Department of Education, has been named a Blue Ribbon School from the United States Department of Education, and named an ODE “School of Honor”.
Lachelle Dixon-Harris, Principal
Citizens Academy Southeast
Mrs. Lachelle Dixon-Harris is the principal of Citizens Academy Southeast. She received a BA in Elementary Education from Ursuline College as well as an MA from the Ashland Theological Seminary. She had extensive experience both as a teacher and administrator in early childhood settings prior to spending 12 ½ years as a teacher at Citizens Academy. While at CA, she developed her leadership skills by serving as Grade Level Team Leader and Resident Educator Mentor. During the 2014-15 school year, Mrs. Dixon-Harris participated as the first Breakthrough Leadership Institute School Leader Resident and completed an intensive year long program aimed at developing skills and competencies to successfully fulfill the role of principal. Mrs. Dixon-Harris has two other children who attend Citizens Academy schools.
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:
- Brian Roof, Interim Board Chair
- John Dunn
- Seku Shabazz
- Enid Rosenberg
- Sophia Onwuzulike
- Merry McCreary
- Kevin Slesh
- Jennifer Howard
- Tanisha Council
- Linda Zucca
Board Contact Information
Phone: 216-791-4195 x2698
Mission & Vision
The mission of Citizens Academy Southeast 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.
Citizens Academy Southeast is an elementary school growing to serve students in grades K-5.
Innovative Academic Program
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:
We are proud of our students' most recent accomplishments on the Ohio Department of Education exams. Our school earned an "A" for Student Growth in 2015! (Ohio Department of Education). 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.
We have after school tutoring for students looking for extra support with reading and math, as well as Homework Club for those who need a quiet place to finish homework.