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Dear Parents,

Welcome to Case Preparatory Academy! We look forward to opening our doors for the 2020-21 school year to provide a safe, secure learning environment for K-8 students in Akron. We have big plans for STEM education and experiences for our students, and we are excited that you are joining us in founding this very special community school.

As principal, I believe that education is a journey, not a race. That childhood is a journey, not a race. And that my purpose is to make a difference in each child’s life.

Thank you for choosing Case Prep!



Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson

Principal Johnson joined Case Preparatory Academy as founding principal with over 20 years of K-12 teaching and leadership experience. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Kent State University and a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Ashland University. She is fully credentialed as a teacher and administrator by the State of Ohio and licensed as a principal and superintendent by Ashland University.

Dr. Rodney Bly, Superintendent

Dr. Bly joined ACCEL Schools as Regional Vice President in 2018 with over 20 years of experience as an educator, principal, administrator, and educational consultant in the Midwest. Dr. Bly holds an Ed.D. in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois, a Master’s degree in Science Education from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Wisconsin as well as additional certifications.

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Community School

Case Preparatory Academy is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by 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.