Lorain Bilingual Academy, Home of the Coquis!
Serving elementary and middle school students in Lorain, Ohio
EK-8 Community School Managed by ACCEL Schools
ACCEL Schools is a high-performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States
Welcome to Lorain Bilingual Academy—Home of the Coquis! LBA is a small, EK-8 learning community with high expectations for student academics and behavior. Our staff embraces students, families, and community to develop well-rounded individuals who are independent, critical thinkers and intrinsically motivated to be life-long learners.
We opened our doors in 2018 as the first bilingual school in Lorain, and we continue to be the only bilingual school in the area. All of our students participate in one hour of Spanish instruction daily, as well as in celebrations of Latino culture throughout the year. Additionally, we are proud to support English Language Learners with five times the support they would typically receive at surrounding schools.
We are committed to providing a quality education for all students in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment. We encourage parents and guardians to communicate regularly with teachers and to be involved in our school community. We believe that all children can learn and we seek to make a difference in the lives of our students!
Mr. Jay Saez, Head of School
Mr. Jay Saez, Head of School
Jay Saez joined Lorain Bilingual Academy as founding Head of School in 2018 with over 20 years of education and leadership experience. Prior to becoming an educator, he served as an Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. Mr. Saez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University as well as several certificates in Educational Development and Organizational Management.
Ms. Megan Wilson, Superintendent
Megan Wilson joined ACCEL Schools in 2015 with over 10 years of experience as a K-12 educator and administrator. As Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools, she oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for multiple schools in Lorain, Ohio. Prior to ACCEL Ms. Wilson worked for Mosaica Education and Amherst School District serving as a teacher, mental health skills trainer, and Title 1 reading interventionist. Ms. Wilson holds a Bachelor’s degree in K-8 Interdisciplinary Education from Western Governor’s University, a K-12 Reading Endorsement from Ashland University, and a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from Western Governor’s University.
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Lorain Bilingual Academy is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by the Richland Academy of the Arts, 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.
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