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About Us

César Chávez Academy began its journey in 1996 as a single elementary school educating students in grades K-5 with enrollment of approximately 200 students. Since then, CCA has expanded its campuses to four locations; CCA-Lower- K-2, CCA-Upper 3-5, CCA-Middle 6-8, and CCA-High 9-12.

The enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year reached 2,100 and waiting lists are maintained at virtually every grade level. The academy is over 90% Hispanic, 94% free and reduced lunch, and 74% of its students are English language learners.

Here at CCA Lower Elementary we have capped our enrollment with 462 students.  Our population consists 92% Hispanic, 95% free/reduced lunch, and 90% English Language Learners. 

We take great pride in servicing the Southwest Detroit community and its surrounding areas.  It is our mission to provide an opportunity for all students to learn in a safe atmosphere of academic excellence.  

The district leadership, staff, community members and stakeholders, along with committed support from The Leona Group, LLC, and Saginaw Valley State University, have also contributed to the success of the CCA district.



César Chávez Academy opened in 1996 and is a free, public charter school district educating more than 2,000 students grades K-12 on five campuses in Detroit, making it the largest charter school in Michigan. César Chávez Academy is Michigan’s first NCA AdvancED accredited multi-campus charter school district in the state of Michigan. The academy has a 75% ELL student enrollment making it one of the highest ELL districts in Michigan. Bridge, news and analysis from The Center for Michigan named César Chávez Academy in their January 2014 Academic State Champs Top Ten Lists: Top Ten Charter Schools in Michigan. César Chávez Academy was the second-highest ranked high school on the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s High School Context and Performance report card; CCA elementary and middle school students also scores in the top 10 percent of Michigan students on the elementary and middle school report card, receiving “A” letter grade report card scores from the Mackinac Center. César Chávez Academy High School earned two back-to-back bronze rankings by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” list in 2012 and 2013. César Chávez Academy is managed by The Leona Group, L.L.C. and chartered by Saginaw Valley State University. For more information, visit


The Leona Group was founded in 1996 by Dr. William Coats, a national leader in education reform. TLG currently manages over 60 school sites in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio and is among the largest education service providers in the United States.

Foundational to The Leona Group is the belief that all children, regardless of ethnicity or economic status, can learn and achieve. This belief permeates throughout the organization and is vibrant in each Leona-managed school. For this reason, Leona Group schools are located in primarily urban communities where there is the greatest need for educational choice and opportunity. Leona delivers a quality choice in public school education, focusing on excellence in education in safe, caring environments. Each school program is tailored to the specific needs of its community and demonstrates continual improvement, as measured by increasing student academic achievement in concert with social, behavioral and emotional development. For more information, visit

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