Get To Know Citizens Academy

School Leadership


Kimberly Peterlin, Principal

Mrs. Kimberly Peterlin is the principal of Citizens Academy.  Before assuming this role, Mrs. Peterlin had been a 3rd grade teacher and Special Education Coordinator at CA for the past 5 years.  She is dedicated to the Citizens Academy culture and high expectations for all students.  While she enjoyed being a Spartan and received her B.S. from Michigan State University, she came back to Cleveland to attend Cleveland State University for her education degree. When not at Citizens, Mrs. Peterlin enjoys visiting her daughter in Chicago, traveling to watching her son play college baseball and walking her dog, Mackenzie.

Grades Served

Citizens Academy is serving students in grades K-5. 

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.


Thanks to all the parents and family members that make up our PAC. All families welcome.

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:

  • Jennifer Howard, Board Chair
  • John Dunn, Governance Chair
  • Seku Shabazz, Finance Chair
  • Tanisha Council
  • Merry McCreary
  • Sophia Onwuzulike
  • Kevin Slesh
  • Linda Zucca
  • Joy Johnson
  • Justin Younker

Board Meeting Calendar 2018/2019

  • August 6th at CAS
  • September 24th at CA
  • October 29th at CAE
  • December 17th at CAS
  • January 28th at CA
  • February 25th at CAE
  • March 18th at CAS
  • April 22th at CA
  • May 20th at CAE
  • June 24th at CAS

All Board Meetings are at 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted

For any questions, you can contact our Board here:

[email protected]

Mission & Vision

The mission of Citizens Academy 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.

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.

After School

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. Additionally, we have an after school partnership with the Boys & Girls Club on Broadway, and provide transportation there after school every day.

Dress Code & School Uniforms

CA students wear an uniform with shoes tied, shirt tails in and collars.