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 131 students in grades K-8. YAE is staffed with twelve 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

Community School

Community schools offer an alternative to the local public school. They are tuition-free and open to all students. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation.

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Educational Approach

Our educational approach has five principles at its core. These principles provide a strong foundation for learning and include: 1) Individualized Learning Plan for all scholars, 2) High expectations for student achievement, 3) Safe and secure learning environment, 4) Integrated technology to advance achievement, 5) Collaborative relationships with parents and community members.

Individualized Learning

Individualized Learning

We care about every student and are committed to preparing children for lifelong success. Our Individualized Learning Plans start with a unique baseline for each student and analyze performance data at regular, short intervals. Teachers and staff tailor lessons and provide support accordingly. Individual Learning Plans are reviewed by teachers, parents, and guardians at least one time each quarter.
Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence

As part of the ACCEL Schools network, we strategically apply best practices to our curriculum design, teacher training, and integrated technology to drive continuous gains in academic performance.
Safe and Caring

Safe and Caring

We care about the well-being and development of each child. We insist on a secure and orderly school. We address every aspect of security, from building codes and safety procedures to codes of conduct and character education. Youngstown Academy of Excellence has a state of the art camera system, employs a full-time security officer, and extensively trains staff to ensure the safest learning environment for all students.
Accessible to All

Accessible to All

We foster a culture that is reflective of community values and interests, and we are open to all students.
Community Partnership

Community Partnership

We are not just located in your community – we are part of it. We partner with local and government leaders and parents.


Our small class size and dedication to a well-rounded education with a specialized focus on core academics and technology make Youngstown Academy of Excellence a great educational environment.


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After School Program

Our school is part of ACCEL Schools, an established network of more than 40 charter and community schools located throughout the U.S. We serve more than 11,500 students nationwide.
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