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ACCEL Schools, the largest operator of community schools in Ohio, is proud to announce the opening of Lorain Bilingual Academy. Lorain Bilingual Academy (LBA) opened its doors August 22nd to Kindergarten through six grade students and will add a grade level each year to become a full K-8 by the 2020-2021 school year.

The location of the new school was a strategic choice made by ACCEL’s leadership team. “Last year we looked around Lorain and realized that the need is there for a bilingual school” says Dr. Erik Thorson, Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools.

Dr. Thorson, Principal of Monroe Preparatory Academy and Regional Vice President of Lorain Bilingual Academy, Lorain Preparatory Academy, Steam of Warren, and Youngstown Academy of Excellence is bringing the same academic model to Lorain that made his other schools a success, with the addition of teaching the Spanish Language.   

“I am proud to have Jay Saez as principal of LBA,” says Thorson, “Saez was a top administrator in prior to receiving this opportunity to serve as our Principal. Saez is joined by another top administrator Nino Lopez (Assistant Principal, LBA) and top 3rd Grade teacher Rachel Blackshire (Academic Director). Top teachers such as Kaleena Sinclair (4th Grade) and Kelli Gregory (5th Grade) lead an enthusiastic group, ready to teach the children of Lorain! Daniel Lewis (TESOL)  and Ginnelle Morley (Spanish) who are considered top educators in their field round out the bilingual staff. This is an incredible line up of teachers, and we have added additional all stars and rising stars to the roster to finish out our founding staff,” says Thorson.

Lorain Bilingual Academy is conveniently located in downtown Lorain and occupies the old St. Mary’s School Building.

“This school is going to be incredible!” says Thorson. “Parents should enroll their children while they can because this school will have a waiting list very soon.  LBA will be one of the top schools in the state in a few years.  I invite you to join the Academic Revolution!”

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