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September 23, 2022
September 20, 2022

Meet Our Arts Teachers

Courtney Hamlett
Visual Arts

My name is Courtney Hamlett (Miss C) I’m an alum of the Cleveland School of the Arts and have studied at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. I’m teaching Visual Arts this year at HANW. The Visual Arts program will be working with students to strengthen their skills as young, growing artists. They will be taught different drawing and painting techniques, how to build their portfolio, and also how to critique their artwork. The children will also learn some fashion design and jewelry design, and we’re going to incorporate different tools using technology to learn more ways to create art. Some of the benefits of Visual Arts are improving artistic abilities, portfolio building, building confidence skills and freedom to visually express their selves, and to possibly continue their artistic growth at Cleveland School of the Arts and other art based schools in the future.

Kenneth Manns

The Band Program at Northwest Academy provides a professional, uplifting, and fun environment for students to experience music and develop as a musician. A positive and supportive environment is key to a student’s development as a musician, so we maintain a fully inclusive environment that provides an opportunity for students’ self-expression and personality. We strive for artistic and academic excellence for all members.

Frederick Taylor
Vocal music

My name is Frederick Taylor. A little background on myself. I am a graduate of Central State University, with a perforce degree in voice. I have traveled the world singing on my different stages, with many different orchestras.
Hope Academy Northwest choir is a choral ensemble that will focus on the development of comprehensive choral musicianship through performance experience. Students will be exposed to different musical genres, literature, and practices. The goal of this course is to help develop the students’ voice, foster their love of music, become confident singers/performers, and develop an appreciation for music from many areas. This will not only give them a sense of responsibility but also improve their self-esteem while teaching them how to work as a team.

Nehemiah Spencer

The purpose for this class is to develop cognitive, intuitive, physical and performance skills. To move to the next level, you must achieve the objectives listed

  1. Coordination: The ability to efficiently link movement patterning.
  2. Alignment: The Ability to maintain correct muscle skeletal positioning in movement
    or stillness.
  3. Conditioning: The ability to demonstrate balanced flexibility, strength and endurance.
  4. Clarity: The ability to accurately and consistently execute intended movements.
  5. Adaptability: The ability to employ physical and performance skills for a variety of
    choreographic intentions.
  6. Artistry: The ability to integrate technical skills with intuition and personal presence.

Austin Hopson
Theatre / Performing Arts

Students learn all aspects of theatre from the actors on stage to the technicians that bring it all together. Theatre helps students learn the social skills needed in many aspects of life including confidence, organization, and creativity.

April 22, 2022

Meet Our Dance Teacher!

Meet Nehemiah Spencer, our dance teacher, at Northwest Academy!

Mr. Spencer is a Cleveland Native, where he trained at the Cleveland School of the Arts. It was at Cleveland School of the Arts where Mr. Spencer discovered his passion for dance and pursued it as a career choice.

Mr. Spencer is a Juilliard School graduate where he received a wide range of classical ballet, modern dance, and contemporary dance training. He had the privilege to perform works by Dwight Rhoden, Antonio Brown, Robert Battle, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon and Kyle Abraham.

In the summer of 2012 Mr. Spencer created a summer arts enrichment program called the Nehemiah Project. With this project he wants to share the new awareness that he has gained while studying at The Juilliard School with other aspiring artists who are not afraid to dream big. Mr. Spencer plans on restoring the dance community in the city of Cleveland by creating a positive environment for young people to learn from teaching artists who are evolving in their practice.

Mr. Spencer is excited to share his talents with his community while giving back to the inner city youth. He has taught in various places such as Foluke Cultural Arts Center, an after school program for at-risk youth in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood, as well as guest teaching at Cleveland School of the Arts, Onaway Elementary School, Ohio Conservatory of Ballet and Verb Ballets.

We are so excited to have Mr. Spencer at our school!!

March 9, 2022
July 20, 2021

Welcome Letter – July 2021

Dear Northwest Family,

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer break and looking forward to the upcoming school year! In this letter, you will find important dates leading up to our first day of school August 17, 2021 for all K-8th grade students.

School hours:
7:30 am to 8:00 am – Breakfast
8:05 am – Students are considered tardy after this time
2:50 pm – School doors are closed to begin preparation for dismissal. At this time no one will be allowed into the building for student pick up unless you have called the front office prior to this time.
3:00 pm – Dismissal begins

We are planning some exciting events over the next two months. Please keep the following dates in mind and we look forward to seeing you this school year.

  • Back to school event will be August 11, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

On the Resources page you will find the following information:

  • New Health and Safety guidelines
  • Dress Code policy and letter
  • Supply list for your child’s grade
  • Lunch income application (please complete and return to school with your child on first day of school or at the back to school event)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 216-226-6800.


Dr. Rodney Bly
Regional Vice President
Hope Academy Northwest

May 7, 2021

2021 Summer School Program


Northwest Academy is happily announcing the return of summer school. This will be offered for grades Kindergarten through Seventh Grade for a period of five weeks. Additional details are located below. If interested, please either call the main office at (216) 226-6800 or complete and return the form located below by Friday, May 21st.

  • Grade Levels: Open from Kindergarten to Seventh Grade
  • Dates: Monday to Thursday from June 14th to July 15th
  • Times: 9am to 2pm
  • Doors do not open till 9am
  • Breakfast and Lunch are provided
  • Transportation is NOT provided
  • Open to Virtual and traditional scholars (this will only occur in the traditional format however)


Download Letter and Registration Form (PDF) »


September 2, 2020

Hope Academy’s Superintendent Interviewed on Channel 19 WOIO


Dr. Rodney Bly, Superintendent of Hope Academy, was interviewed by Channel 19’s Cleveland Now to discuss school reopening plans during the pandemic. In the segment he discusses what a public charter school is and the three learning options being offered at ACCEL charter schools this fall:  Traditional (5 days at school), Online (5 days at home), and Hybrid (mixed). Watch the full segment below or on YouTube: https://youtu.be/07DF2ljaXoQ


August 17, 2020

A Day in the Life: Your Plan for Successful Online Learning


New to online learning? Worried about preparing for fall? Want to make sure your child can stay on track?  Don’t worry, we have you covered!


We have created a plan that is simple to follow no matter what grade your student is in!

  • Every day, make sure your student is logged in by 8:00am
  • Every day, your student will meet online with their teachers. You will be provided with a schedule the first week of school.
  • Not all learning will happen online. There will be time every day to students to practice what they have learned independently offline.
  • Your school will give you a schedule to help keep you on track and prepped for success.

You and your student have a login. You have a schedule. You have great teachers.

We just need a couple of things from you to help make this a great year.

  • Set up a work area for your student that is quiet and free of distractions.
  • Log in to Canvas every day with your observer account to help your student stay on track.
  • Take the parent orientation course to teach you about all the great tools that Canvas has to keep you and your student on track.

Get school updates, learning resources, tech support, and more in the tabs on our dedicated COVID-19 page.

Ready for the school year? You’ve got this!


July 9, 2020

20-21 Learning Options for Students

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

  • Traditional  In-person learning at the school building with added safety protocols and procedures.
  • 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. Your student will be enrolled in the Traditional Cohort unless we hear a different selection from you by 7/31. To select your options, visit: www.accelschools.com/Fall2020

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

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