Cleveland Preparatory Academy, Home of the Panthers!
Serving elementary & middle school in Cleveland & Cuyahoga County
K-8 Community School Managed by ACCEL Schools
ACCEL Schools is a high-performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States
Cleveland Preparatory Academy is built on a strong foundation of high expectations for academic and social achievement for all K-8 students. Our mission is to prepare students for a college preparatory high school that will ensure success and graduation from a four-year college. We meet each students’ different needs, learning rates and styles through media-rich content, direct instruction, and differentiated groupings.
What Sets Us Apart:
• After-School Tutoring for the entire school year
• Consistent practice assessments built to help support Academic Growth and Spring State Testing Development
• Strong Student Culture – Homecoming Dance, Community Celebrations, Monthly Student Recognition, Anti-Bullying Accountability
• Weekly Boys & Girls Mentoring Programs – community based vendors that provide mentorship that focuses on social skill, emotional, and age-appropriate development
• Positive Behavior Intervention System (Panther Store) – for students to earn incentives for positivity, growth, and overall successes
• Open House activities, e.g. Parent Orientation, Take the Test events, Awards Assemblies, etc., encouraging and promoting parent involvement and volunteerism.
Iteisha Bankston joined ACCEL Schools in 2020 with over 20 years of experience as a K-12 educator and principal. As Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools, she oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for multiple schools in Northeast Ohio. Ms. Bankston is a school turnaround specialist with a proven track record in successfully transitioning underperforming schools by implementing research-based instructional strategies and facilitating professional development. Ms. Bankston holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Talladega College, an MBA from The University of Phoenix, and Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Cleveland State University, and a School Administration Certificate from Cleveland State University.
Yolanda WilsonOffice Manager
Lumar VargasDirector of Academics , firstname.lastname@example.org
Rylie BoodjehGeneral Education Teacher , Grade Grades EK-1 email@example.com
Emily ViskocilGeneral Education Teacher , Grade Grades 2-3 firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle HovanVirtual General Education Teacher , Grade Grade 3 email@example.com
Heather RibisGeneral Education Teacher , Grade Grades 4-5 firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony CaserioMath & Science Teacher , Grade Grades 6-8 email@example.com
Trent HerrnsteinELA & Social Studies Teacher , Grade Grades 6-8 firstname.lastname@example.org
Maura WeselingIntervention Specialist , Grade Grades K-8 email@example.com
Jillene PruiettInstructional Aide , Grade Grades K-8 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirstyn BakerPhysical Education , Grade Grades K-8 email@example.com
Cleveland Preparatory Academy is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by the Ohio Council of Charter Schools (OCCS), which provides oversight and enforces academic, fiscal, and legal accountability. We are managed by ACCEL Schools, a high performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States.
Community Schools (Charter Schools) offer families an alternative to the local public school. Community schools are tuition-free, open to all students in the county, and focused on meeting student needs for success. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation. Learn more about community schools.