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Breakthrough Charter Schools
Breakthrough Charter Schools is a unique charter management organization started by three of the highest performing urban public charter school models in Cleveland. To date, we serve more than 1,000 students across six elementary and middle school campuses:

Breakthrough was formed by three individual founding schools with their own unique, equally effective educational models. The diversity of our school models allows us to offer real school choice to our community, including students, families and educators.

Citizens Academy (CA) was opened in 1999 to prove that inner-city students can excel. Since then, it has developed a national reputation for excellence. Our success stems from a deep commitment to continuous improvement, which helped Citizens Academy become one of only two schools in Ohio to go from Academic Emergency to consecutive ratings of Excellent. In addition to the high expectations school culture, extended student learning and data-driven approach CA features: a virtue-centered culture with an integrated citizenship curriculum, a parent engagement program, featuring teacher home visits for every student at the beginning of each year, and a history of building community partnerships to help meet our students’ needs. In 2011, we opened our first middle school, Citizens Leadership Academy (CLA), which boasts a hands-on innovative approach to learning, a partnership with Expeditionary Learning Schools and Facing History and Ourselves.

Entrepreneurship Preparatory School (E Prep) opened in 2006 in response to the pressing need for more educational options for Cleveland’s families and children. Founded by proven local entrepreneurs, the school model features a highly disciplined school culture and academic curriculum which embraces the values hallmark to an entrepreneurial spirit, including: perseverance, responsibility, self-discipline, courage, respect and choosing to see obstacles as opportunities. While E Prep is unique in Cleveland, it is not an experiment. It is modeled after many very successful high performing urban charter schools in cities such as Boston, New York, Newark, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. The features that make E Prep unique are actually the best-practices used at those high-performing schools. E Prep has already replicated its school model, opening Village Preparatory School in 2008, currently serving K-1 students, growing to serve K-5.

The Intergenerational School (TIS), recognized by the US Department of Education for using true educational innovation to close the achievement gap, the K-8 charter school currently has an Excellent with Distinction rating. The school’s philosophy is based on two mainstay ideas: learning occurs through relationships and learning is a lifelong process. The innovative model incorporates a developmental curriculum and multi-age classrooms, in addition to a variety of regular learning activities with other community members, many of whom are senior citizens. TIS has been approached nationally and internationally by schools and organizations compelled by their unique, innovative model, and has received international grants to explore continued development of the intergenerational program. Near West Intergenerational School (NWIS) was founded on the same principles as TIS and opened in 2011. NWIS currently serves students in grades K-4, and is growing to grades K-8.

For more information on the Breakthrough Charter Schools please contact Diana Harrison, Breakthrough Director of Human Resources, at careers@breakthroughcleveland.org.

For more information about Cleveland Urban Teacher Residency Placement (CUTR) click here.