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Dear Families,

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.

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.