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Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School, Home of the Knights!

Now Enrolling Grades EK-12 in Cleveland, Ohio

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Tuition-Free, Public Community School

Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School also offers FREE Breakfast, Lunch & Bus Transportation

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Northeast Ohio College Prep—Home of the Knights! Since opening our doors in 2010, we have served the Tremont and downtown Cleveland neighborhoods with a safe & secure learning environment where students are expected and able to succeed. As a learning community we set high expectations for academics and behavior and are rewarded with high ratings from the Ohio Department of Education, high Third Grade literacy rates, 100% graduation rates, and more!

NEO staff embraces students, families, and community to develop well-rounded individuals who are independent thinkers. The pillars of NEO Knight success are: Knowledgeable, Noble actions, Integrity, Greatness, Honesty & Tolerance.

We encourage all parents, caretakers & guardians to communicate regularly with teachers to be involved in the learning and development of their child. Check our calendar, website & Facebook page for events and activities.



The NEO Principals & Admin Team

Dr. Veda Giles-Weeks, Upper Campus Principal (9-12)

Dr. Giles-Weeks joined NEO in 2014 with over 20 years of experience as a principal and educator. She graduated from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision, and her Principal Licensure from John Carroll. She went on to receive her Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. She has dedicated her career to improving education in urban areas.

Ms. Kristen Smajdek, Interim Assistant Principal (K-8)

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Community School

Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by the Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) 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.

Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School is a proud partner of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. For more information about the partnership, please visit http://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/Page/6142.

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.