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Dear Community,

Welcome to Youngstown Academy of Excellence. YAE is a learning community which values high expectations for both academics and behavior. Youngstown Academy of Excellence’s staff encourages students, families, and community members to be part of the educational process to ensure that all of our students are high school ready and able to pursue any educational path they choose. All students can learn, and our staff strives to make a difference in every child that enters our building.

The teachers and staff at YAE are committed to providing a quality education for all students in a safe, secure, and nurturing learning environment. We are committed to ensuring that each child reaches his/her full potential.

Currently, YAE has a student population of approximately 200 students in grades K-8. YAE is staffed with eighteen certified members of the teaching staff. In addition to core academic subjects, students have the benefit of a daily art course. Special services available to students include: special education, title I support, English as a second language, occupational therapy, speech and language, and counseling through our community partnerships. School hours are 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

We encourage all parents/guardians to maintain regular communications with their child’s teachers and be actively involved in the school community. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office by calling (330) 746-3970. We look forward to meeting your child and helping foster a love of learning.

Heather Knapp
Head of School

Miss Heather Knapp, Head of School

Miss Heather Knapp joined Youngstown Academy of Excellence in 2011. She started teaching first grade and was moved to third grade the following year. She taught in third grade for two years and was the Director of Academics before accepting the Head of School position. Miss Knapp holds a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in Educational Administration, and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Natalee M. Long, Regional Vice President

Dr. Natalee Long joined ACCEL Schools in 2015 with over 15 years of classroom teaching and K-12 school leadership experience. As Senior Vice President of Operations at ACCEL Schools, Dr. Long leads a team of Regional Vice Presidents that oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for over 45 public charter schools. Dr. Long is a licensed Ohio School Superintendent. She earned a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lee University, a M. Ed. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University and a Doctorate in Education in 2020 from The Ohio State University.

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Youngstown 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.

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.