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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 with the ability to be leaders by promoting unity, acceptance, and knowing the potential of their voice. We meet each student’s different needs, learning rates and styles through media-rich content, direct instruction, and differentiated groupings.

What Sets Us Apart:

• Full-day Kindergarten with EK option for students turning five before Jan. 1st

• College prep program using hands-on, project-based learning & STEM

• Nurturing teachers & staff

• Before and after school tutoring

• Cafeteria, community garden, gym, MPR, media lab

• 1:1 Chromebooks, classroom iPads & smartboards

• Sports, clubs, field trips, seasonal family celebrations and more!

Dominique Fishback, Principal

With a wealth of experience and a passion for education, Mr. Fishback brings a fresh perspective and a commitment to fostering an environment of academic excellence and personal growth for our students. Mr. Fishback has an extensive background in education, having served as a dedicated educator for over 10 years. His expertise spans various leadership roles, including Vice Principal and Dean of Students at Euclid Preparatory Academy. Read full bio »

Heather Stevens, Regional Vice President

Heather Stevens joined ACCEL Schools in 2017 with over 17 years of experience as a K-12 educator, principal, and superintendent. As Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools, she oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for multiple schools in Northeast Ohio. Prior to ACCEL Schools, Ms. Stevens worked as a regional leader of public charter schools at ICAN Schools. Ms. Stevens holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of Education.  She earned her B.S.Ed. from Ohio University and her M.Ed. from Cleveland State University.

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Community School

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.

Educational Approach

Mission Statement: Cleveland Preparatory Academy mission is to prepare students with the ability to be leaders by promoting unity, acceptance, and knowing the potential of their voice.


Pillars: Leadership, Unity, Voice, and Grit

Founded in 2014, ACCEL Schools is a K-12 public charter school management organization (CMO) serving students across the United States in brick-and-mortar, virtual, and hybrid school settings. We focus on improving academic outcomes of students regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic factors. The leadership team at ACCEL Schools has a combined 1000+ years of experience as global school management operators with expertise in curriculum research and design, assessment, student support services, and education consulting. Our entire team fundamentally believes that all children deserve a great education and students should be supported as they pursue a wide variety of post-secondary options. Our robust technology increases engagement, access to resources, efficiencies, and academic results helping our students become productive global citizens.