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March 17, 2021

Ohio State Testing Information and Important Dates


Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s):

We would like to first thank you for your admiration and perseverance as we all have championed our efforts to make this the best school year possible during a pandemic. Facing challenge, after challenge, we move forward to our next hurdle presented; the Ohio State Test. Beginning the week of April 5th, scholars in grades 3-8 will be completing the in-person Ohio State Test. The assessments will contain a variety of multiple choice questions, extended response questions, and short answer questions that the state of Ohio does not permit schools to administer virtually.

Using a number of various safety practices to keep students and staff safe, assessments will begin promptly at 8:30 am. It is imperative your son/daughter:

  1. Gets plenty of rest during assessment week
  2. Attends school every day, on time.

Attendance is imperative during the month of April.  Any scholars who are absent or tardy on their testing date must make-up the missed assessment. Students entering the building after 8:20 am are considered tardy and will impact their ability to assess on their assigned date. Please ensure your student is dropped off by 8:15 am on their assigned testing date (pick-up is at 1:00 pm). Please see below and save your child’s testing date as a reminder:


UCP OST Testing Hours

Arrival/Drop-Off:  8:00-8:15 a.m.
Pick-Up:  1:00 p.m.

Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th Reading Testing Date: 4/14/21
Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th Math Testing Date: 4/28/21
Grades 6th, 7th, 8th  Reading Testing Date: 4/7/21
Grades 6th, 7th, 8th  Math Testing Date: 4/21/21
Grade 5 and Grade 8 Science Testing Date (Online Students only): 5/5/21


Please have conversations with your scholar about the importance of trying your best on rigorous exams such as the OST Assessment.  Please stress the importance of these assessments to your scholar.  If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the school at (216) 361-9720.


Mr. Penn


October 21, 2020

Third Grade Reading Guarantee Video


Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee is a requirement imposed by the Ohio Department of Education to identify students from kindergarten through grade 3 that are behind in reading. Schools will provide help and support to make sure students are on track for reading success by the end of third grade. Watch the video below to learn about the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and the upcoming reading assessment for your scholar.




October 7, 2020
July 9, 2020

20-21 Learning Options for Students

We are happy to announce that our students will have learning options for the 20-21 school year:

  • Online At-home learning supported by teachers, technology, and curriculum specifically built for online learning.
  • Hybrid A mix of Traditional and Online learning with in-person and at-home components.

Over the coming weeks we will be releasing more detailed information. Please:

  1. Check your email, school website & Facebook page the Week of July 13 for further description of these models including logistical details like safety protocols, technology, and transportation.
  2. Plan to attend our upcoming Online 20-21 School Year Information Session—date and time will be announced soon!
  3. After attending the info session, please select the option for your student(s) by Friday, July 31st.

Thank you. We look forward to educating your student this school year!

June 30, 2020

Free School Meals

We offer free breakfast and lunch to students through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a federally-assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, USDA-compliant meals to students each school day.

June 12, 2020

Statement Regarding the Death of George Floyd

Dear ACCEL Staff & Community,

The horrific death of George Floyd coupled with other events that recently occurred in this country are heartbreaking. The video of his death is one of the most horrifying things we have seen in our lives. We grieve. We also acknowledge that many of our employees and students have experienced racism firsthand. This tragedy serves as a grim reminder that as a society, we still have a long way to go to stomp out racism. We want to make it clear that we are committed to fighting against racism and discrimination, and want to assure you that it has no place in our company or at our schools, and it will not be tolerated. We must strive to be inclusive in every way, and we will be planning professional development programs on this topic which will be delivered this summer to our entire school and corporate staff.

We also believe we have an obligation beyond what most companies have. We have consciously chosen to manage schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country and the world. While many school operators avoid these areas, we seek them out. To our surprise and dismay, we are often asked why. The answer is simple. We want to help the children who need it most. Maria and I set out to do this when we founded the company and we have never wavered. If our company does not provide our most vulnerable students with a quality education, they may not have a chance at economic success. A society that does not give every child this chance is, by definition, unjust. The opportunity to succeed must exist regardless of a child’s skin color or economic situation. Unfortunately, far too many children do not have this opportunity.

As we all mourn the death of Mr. Floyd, let us look inward and outward to make sure we are inclusive in our work environments and in our schools. Let us also do our part to end the senseless racism that exists in our society, empower all our students with the belief that they can succeed in the world, and give our students the knowledge and skills they need. Most of all, let us hope and pray they will experience a society in their lifetime where these tragedies no longer occur, and human beings are judged as Dr. King hoped they would be judged someday: “by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.”

Ron Packard

April 30, 2020

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.