Lake Erie Bilingual Academy (LEBA) is a new public charter school in Painesville, Ohio, emphasizing Spanish language and cultural studies. Our well-rounded program provides rigorous, accredited academics for elementary students (EK-5). We provide Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and at least 45 minutes of daily Spanish instruction. At LEBA, we maintain high standards of behavior with a positive behavior program and student uniform policy. Families can rely on our safe, secure campus and nurturing teachers and staff, many of whom are bilingual.

We offer nutritious breakfast & lunch (free or reduced for qualifying students), free tutoring and summer programs, and before & afterschool care to support busy families. Our elementary program is currently enrolling EK-5 students, with full-day Kindergarten with EK entrance for students turning 5 before Jan 1.

Thank you for your interest in our tuition-free charter school. All of us at Lake Erie Bilingual Academy look forward to welcoming you on campus for one of our many family-friendly activities and Latino cultural celebrations held throughout the year. Go Phoenix!

Dr. Chad Carr, Executive Vice President

Dr. Chad Carr is the creator of the Blitz™ Academic Model and Huron Sports Academy’s Executive Vice President. Dr. Carr joined ACCEL Schools in 2015 with over 27 years of experience as a K-12 educator, coach, principal, and superintendent of schools in Ohio and Kentucky. Prior to joining ACCEL Schools, Dr. Carr served as Executive Vice President of Mosaica Education, where he turned around failing charter schools in Ohio. His turnaround achievements include Columbus Preparatory Academy which became the top-performing school in the state of Ohio under his principalship from 2011 to 2018. In addition to top academic ratings from the Ohio Department of Education, Dr. Carr and Columbus Preparatory Academy received numerous awards such as National Blue Ribbon School, National Title 1 School of the Year, School Leader of the Year, and School of the Year multiple years in a row from the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and Academic Hall of Fame. Dr. Carr holds a Ph.D. in Education from Morehead State University and three Master’s degrees in Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and Administration from the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University.

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  • Dr. Chad Carr

    Executive Vice President

Community School

Lake Erie Bilingual Academy 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 80 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.