Students Love our School. Parents Love Our Results.

Creative Learning Academy is an accredited, independent school for students ranging from three years old through the eighth grade. Our mission is to nurture and strengthen each child’s foundation of academic excellence, creativity, independence, and integrity in a culturally-enriched community.

Creative Learning Academy was founded in 1972 by Mary Lee Porter-Hanson. She was determined to create a happy place where every child was free and happy to learn through discovery. She wanted it to be a school where when children left at the end of the day, they couldn’t wait to return in the morning. Today, nearly five decades later, CLA is still that kind of school. We challenge students and expect them to challenge themselves, but we do so in an environment that is nurturing, supportive, and reflective of our belief that learning at its best is a joyful process.

Creative Learning Academy’s student-centered, whole-child approach to education, with a very intentional emphasis to be a happy place of learning, creates an environment where each child is nurtured, supported and challenged as an individual. That is why music and art are so important and are integrated throughout the curriculum at CLA. It is also why P.E. and recess are a huge part of the student experience, along with our emphasis on character education. As a result, our students love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are and feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, ignited by our guiding principles, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth-grade year, our graduates leave CLA exceptionally well prepared for high school and, as the problem solvers of the future, are empowered to make positive contributions to the world.

School Hours

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for Preprimary

(PP3 Half-day Option: 8:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.)

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade

K-8thstudents may arrive to class between 7:50a.m. and 8:00a.m. All students should be in their classrooms by 8:00a.m.

Early morning care from 7:20 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. in the gym (complimentary supervision – No Fee)

After-School Program is available each day until 6:00p.m. ($8.00per hour fee or a choice a monthly rate option for regular attendance)

Summer Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30a.m.-2:30p.m. Closed July 3rd & 4th.


We are proud of our long and distinguished role as an academically challenging program that has contributed to the success of our community. We highly encourage you to look over the website and schedule your individual tour or join us for a group tour. Upon receipt of an application, a candidate for admission is scheduled for a class visit to experience CLA (when possible).

CLA adheres to enrollment limits in order to maintain an effective teacher to student ratio. Need-based, tuition assistance is available to families in order to provide opportunities for academically qualified students to benefit from a CLA educational experience.

We invite you to visit our campus and discover the difference a CLA education will make in the life of your child! Please visit our Admissions page and contact our Director of Admissions at 850.432.1768 or by email.

We are CLA!