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Elevating Scholars & Athletes!


The 2021-2022 school year was incredible for East Academy! Our academic performance rose 14 points this year. Our basketball team took home the championship. And we continue to add enrichments, like our STEM program offering Robotics and Coding, that give our Eagles opportunities to Take Flight.

Our teachers and staff are committed to providing a safe and nurturing place where every student can feel at home. We set high expectations for our scholars–academically, socially, and behaviorally. We partner with parents, caregivers, and our community to support students as they strive for their best. At East Academy, we believe in the unique potential of every child and are proud to be a part of helping our students achieve success.

Ashley Hall-Green, Principal

Ashley Hall-Green has served in the field of education for over 14 years at all grade levels, K-12. As a Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and Principal in traditional and charter public schools, she has transformed school culture, climate, and student performance. She holds a BA from University of Toledo in Communication/African American Studies and a Master of Education in School Administration from Indiana Wesleyan. In her early years as teacher in elementary and middle schools, Hall-Green discovered that issues with student behavior often stemmed from misconceptions of the curriculum, poor pedagogical practices, and low engagement. She was compelled to enter leadership in order to work with teachers, students, families, and the community to support all areas of student achievement—turning around failing schools and empowering continuous improvement. She believes that effective and relevant instructional best practices, data and growth monitoring, and parent participation are all paramount to school and student success.

Denecia Dillard, Executive Principal

D Dillard joined ACCEL Schools in 2017 with over 12 years of experience in a variety of roles in education. Prior to joining ACCEL Schools, Ms. Dillard worked for ICAN Schools. Ms. Dillard is a proud graduate of the Cleveland public school system and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. In 2008 she was recognized as a “Rainmaker of Tomorrow” by Northern Ohio Live. Under her leadership, Lake Erie Prep has become one of the top-performing schools in Cleveland and decorated with multiple A-ratings from the Ohio Department of Education.

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Community School

East Academy 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.