Orlando Fire Department helps raise flag on Veterans Day!!

The Orlando Fire department helped CFLA “rescue” its broken flag pole rope just in time for Veterans’ Day!!!!

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New School Leader Joanne Goubourn Joins CFLA

Joanne Goubourn

In its seventh year of operation, the Leadership Academy welcomes new school leader Joanne Goubourn. For the past eight years, Mrs. Goubourn has been the Executive Director of the Hyde Foundation, which oversees all of the Hyde public schools, and will continue to lead the Hyde Foundation from Orlando.  She has 28 years of educational experience, including the Principalship of the Hyde Leadership Charter School in Bronx, New York.  She has her B.A. from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, her Masters Degree from American International University, a graduate certificate in Educational Leadership from Connecticut Southern State University and has completed her doctoral coursework at Howard University.

Mrs. Goubourn’s first year goal is to improve the level of excellence in the delivery of the academic curriculum while maintaining the school’s strong commitment to incorporating character development in every part of the school day.  Mrs. Goubourn is excited to start the year with a strong team of both new and returning faculty and staff, each of whom is dedicated to helping each student discover and develop his or her unique potential.

The students and families of the Leadership Academy are excited to welcome Mrs. Goubourn!!


100% Graduation Rate for the Class of 2016!


Keaton J. addresses his fellow students, families and guests at CFLA’s first graduation ceremony.


The inaugural graduating class of the Leadership Academy, the Class of 2016!, achieved a 100% graduation rate, with all graduates planning to attend college or pursue a career in the military.  Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan delivered the commencement address and each student receiving a degree or diploma gave brief remarks chronicling his or her high school journey and personal growth.  Congratulations to this outstanding group of young adults!

Seniors visit Florida Colleges

Thanks to a grant from the City of Orlando, CFLA seniors were able to visit Stetson University, Flagler College, the University of South Florida and Florida Southern College.  All CFLA students take a field trip to a different school each year (with different grades visiting FIEA, UCF, Valencia College, Rollins College, Seminole State College and the University of Florida) in furtherance of the school’s college preparatory emphasis.  These trips give students the opportunity to compare small schools versus large campuses and both private and public schools to better understand school options.  “Picturing themselves” on campus and meeting with admissions staff at each school helps make the college decisions more manageable.

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