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January 24, 2024

Shoutout to our Amazing School Board!

It’s School Board Appreciation Month, and we’re taking a moment to thank the dedicated volunteers who guide our schools and shape the future of our students.

Their tireless work, often behind the scenes, makes a world of difference. Let’s show them some love! #SchoolBoardAppreciationMonth #ThankYouBoardMembers

December 15, 2023

It’s Time for Re-Enrollment 2024

As we start looking forward to the 24/25 school year, please review the re-enrollment process infographic.

Your early decision and response helps us plan effectively for the upcoming year. Thank you for being a part of our school family! 


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Respond to our text message with your Intent to Return Complete the Re-Enrollment Form & Provide updated Proof of ResidencyConnect with us by phone to confirm your re-enrollment & Free School-Branded Shirt Size Check the mail for our Back to School Welcome Kit & Event InformationBegin the 2024-25 School Year & receive your student’s School-Branded Shirt
November 18, 2022

Join the Wellness Committee!

The Local Wellness Policy is a written document that guides a local educational agency’s (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. The Wellness Policy Committee has been created as an effort to manage and develop our school’s healthy habits.

» A Wellness Committee will be appointed to each school

» The committee may include parents and guardians, students, representatives of the school nutrition program, physical education teachers, or any other interested stakeholder that is aligned with the goals of the policy

» The committee shall meet a minimum of four times per year

This is a great opportunity to help promote and support student health and wellness, and create a positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environment. Please contact mealcounts@accelschools.com for more information.

We want to hear from you. Please contact us at: mealcounts@accelschools.com


Download Wellness Committee Flyer (PDF) »

August 17, 2022
March 23, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Opening in Fall 2022, Lorain Preparatory High School is a member of the ACCEL Schools network of highly acclaimed charter schools. The tuition-free, public high school serves families in Lorain and surrounding areas by providing an accredited, college prep curriculum where individualized instruction and small class sizes are combined with opportunities to participate in competitive sports such as Basketball, Cross Country, Track & Field, and Cheerleading. Teachers, staff, students, and parents embrace a culture of high expectations for both academics and behavior, creating a thriving learning community where students can mature into young adults prepared for college and career success. In addition to a safe and supportive campus environment, students can access an extended course catalog of online electives to further personalize their studies.

1. What grades will be offered for the 2022-23 school year?

We will offer 9-10 and add an additional grade each year.

2. When is the first day of school?

August 8th for teachers
August 17th for students

3. What are the school hours?  

Building Hours: 7:15 am – 4:00 pm
Classroom Hours: 7:45 am – 3:15 pm
Breakfast Begins: 7:15 am

4. Will transportation be offered?  If yes, what is the process to receive transportation?  Who is eligible?

Bus Passes can be purchased directly from first student: https://www.lorainschools.org/BUSPASSES

5.  Will there be sports and extra-curricular opportunities for the students? Which grades can participate?

Sports and extracurricular will be offered to families. As we start the school year, we will assess the interest of students.

6. What is the dress code? 


  • Any solid-colored polo shirt (long or short sleeve); undergarments must also be solid colored (e.g., t-shirts).
  • Black, navy, or khaki skirts, skorts, jumpers, or slacks. NO COLORED DENIM may be worn. Skirts, skorts, and jumpers must be knee length. No floor length dresses, jeans, sweatpants, overalls, leggings, or jeggings. Uniform shorts may be worn during the months of April through September only; Uniform shorts are black, navy, or khaki and must be knee length
  • Black or brown belts must be worn with slacks with belt loops.
  • Dress shoes or plain white or black tennis shoes may be worn. – No, moccasins, sandals, or boots; shoes must be closed toed shoes. Girls may not wear high heels


  • Any solid-colored polo shirt (long or short sleeve); undergarments must also be solid colored (e.g., t-shirts);
  • Black, navy, or khaki slacks. NO COLORED DENIM may be worn. No jeans or sweatpants. Uniform shorts may be worn during the months of April through September only.
  • Black or brown belts must be worn around the waist (no “sagging”).
  • Dress shoes or plain white tennis shoes may be worn. – No deck shoes, moccasins, sandals, or boots; shoes must be closed toed shoes.
7.  Who is the principal and can you share a little about his/her background?

Michael Williston has been selected to be the Principal of Lorain Preparatory High School. For the 21/22 School Year, he has been Assistant Principal at Lorain Preparatory Academy and prior to that has been in administration for 4 years. Before working in administration, Mr. Williston was a Social Studies teacher for 10 years.

8. What is the academic model for Lorain Preparatory High School?  

Lorain Prep High School will follow the ACCEL Instructional Model (AIM) and offer online electives for high school students. This will give them a variety of options and the ability to choose what interests them for a future career. We will have a strong focus on college and career readiness for students.  

Our instructional model is accredited by Cognia™ and provides the foundation of academic achievement for all students. AIM has eight key components to achieve strong academic results:

  • Curricula aligned with state standards
  • More Time on Task & double the instructional minutes for ELA and Math each day
  • Short Cycle Assessments to track student mastery of learning standards
  • Individualized Instruction differentiated to each student & driven by assessment data
  • State Testing Overview & Onboarding Activities that generate excitement and reduce anxiety by acquainting teachers and students with the structure and methodology of state exams
  • Academic Support including education technology, interventional specialists, and instructional aides during the school day, as well as after school tutoring, summer school, and Saturday school programs
  • Extracurricular Courses & Activities that focus on social-emotional learning, athletics, arts & more
  • Certified & Licensed Teachers and student-centered staff united in executing our mission to help students
9.  What is the student: teacher ratio?

The number of students in each classroom will depend on the enrollment.

10.  Will you offer full services for students with an IEP or special needs?  What is the process?

Yes, please indicate there is an IEP on the student’s application and the principal will review and determine your student’s action plan.

11.  What are your school colors?

Gold and Blue.

12. What is your school mascot?

The Lorain Preparatory High School Admirals

13. How do I enroll my child?
14.  What documents are required to enroll my child/student? 
  • Proof of Student Identity & Guardianship
  • Proof of Residency
  • Parent/Guardian Photo ID
  • Immunization/Vaccine/Shot Records
15.  How can I submit the required documents needed to enroll?  
16.  Will you offer college credit plus classes?  

Students could be eligible for Early College and Credit College Plus.

17.  Will you offer breakfast and lunch and is there a fee?

Breakfast and lunch will be served daily. Families may be eligible for free meals.

18.  What is a charter school?

Charter schools are publicly funded, tuition-free, and generally open to all students—in this way they are similar to traditional public schools. However, charter schools have their own “charter” to operate independently, outside of the local school district. This gives charter schools more freedom in how they allocate their budgets and develop their educational offerings. For example, charter schools can model their programs around educational philosophies such as Montessori or create programs geared to athletics, STEM education, or performing arts. While charter schools have additional flexibility, they are still accountable to educational outcomes and can have their charter revoked if they do not meet the appropriate standards. Charter schools are strengthening our public education system by ensuring that more students, especially those from underserved communities, receive the high-quality education and services they need to thrive. Working together, charter and traditional public schools can improve learning for all students. 

March 3, 2022

How We Individualize Instruction

At Lorain Preparatory High School, we implement the ACCEL Instructional Model (AIM) which starts with an Ohio Standards-based curriculum taught by properly certified and licensed teachers. We frequently assess students (on a bi-weekly schedule) to know if a student is working ahead, falling behind, or right on track when it comes to mastering the learning standards for their grade level.

We review the data from these regular assessments and tailor instruction to each student’s needs. While many schools formally assess students at the end of the quarter, we believe that assessing students in shorter cycles gives our teachers early and regular insight into student progress.

Our teachers utilize a variety of learning activities and tools each day to individualize instruction in each subject area. Students receive whole-class instruction, small group instruction, and one-on-one instruction. Our teachers additionally utilize Education Technology and other adaptive curricular tools to maximize learning in each school day.

March 2, 2022

All Teachers Properly Certified & Licensed

All teachers meet the educator qualification requirements outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Ohio Revised Code: Bachelor’s degree, grade-level teaching license/certificate & ability to demonstrate subject area expertise.

August 6, 2021

The ACCEL Schools Difference

We are a proud member of ACCEL Schools—a public charter school network serving thousands of PK-12 students throughout the United States. ACCEL was founded in 2012 by the early pioneers of online learning. Our leadership believes that all children, regardless of location or socio-economic background, deserve a quality education that prepares them to succeed in school and become productive global citizens.  

ACCEL Schools Instructional Model provides: 

  • Aligned Academics meet or exceed state standards ensuring your child is on track for rigorous college and career opportunities.    
  • Certified, Licensed Teachers and a student-centered staff are united in executing our mission to make a difference in the life trajectory of each student.    
  • More Time on Task and double the instructional minutes for ELA and Math maximizes learning in your child’s school day.   
  • Short Cycle Assessments keep track of how students are progressing in the program, giving teachers ongoing feedback so they can tailor instruction to your student’s needs.    
  • Individualized Instruction driven by assessment data means we are familiar with the needs of each child and set students up for success in each course of study.    
  • State Testing Preparation reduces the anxiety often associated with high stakes tests, helping our teachers and students feel confident with the structure and methodology of state exams.    
  • Academic Support including education technology, interventional specialists, and instructional aides assist students during the school day. After school tutoring, summer school, and Saturday school programs extend support services beyond the traditional school day and year.   
  • Extracurricular Courses & Activities round out our educational offerings providing students social-emotional learning, athletics, arts, service learning & more.   
April 22, 2020