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Dear Community,

LPHS is a new, public charter high school serving the Lorain community. We are an extension of the safe, accredited, and academically strong school system offered by ACCEL Schools’ K-8 programs in Lorain and Elyria. We are opening Fall 2022 for Grades 9-10 and will graduate our first class of seniors in 2025.

What set us apart from other high schools:

• Free tuition, breakfast & lunch
• Safe learning environment
• Small class sizes
• Personalized instruction
• Accredited academic program focused on college and career preparation
• Future opportunities to participate in in-person and e-sports such as Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country & Track
• Flexible, extensive course catalog including online electives

Mr. Michael Williston - Principal

Michael A. Williston is an outcomes-oriented school leader with an unyielding belief that all young people can be successful learners in an engaging environment. He is the founding Principal of Lorain Preparatory High School, joining ACCEL Schools in 2021. His career in education began in 2003 as a middle school teacher in Charleston County, South Carolina. He taught in middle and high school for many years before entering leadership as Principal of Summit Academy Lorain Secondary. He received his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Notre Dame College and his BS in Secondary Education and Comprehensive Social Studies from the University of Akron. Williston is committed to transformational leadership where teachers, students, families, and the community work together to change lives.

Ms. Megan Wilson - Regional Vice President

Ms. Wilson has been with ACCEL Schools since 2013 and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in K-8 Education from Western Governors’ University. She also holds a K-12 Reading Endorsement from Ashland University.

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Community School

Lorain Preparatory High School is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by the St. Aloysius Orphanage (Charter School Specialists) 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. Read more about charter schools.

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.