Charter school company defends its poor record in other states
West Virginia’s first charter schools are set to open next school year, and at least two of the schools will be run by for-profit company ACCEL Schools.
ACCEL will operate the only brick-and-mortar charter school in our region, the Nitro Preparatory Academy, that will be opened as a K-8 school in the former Nitro high school building.
A WSAZ investigation into the company’s operations in Ohio found that more than half of the 33 ACCEL run school in the state received a failing grade from the Ohio Department of Education School Report Card., according to the more recent data from 2018-2019. Grades were not published in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.