Welcome to Wright Preparatory Academy. Wright Prep is a learning community which values high expectations for both academics and behavior. Our school staff embraces students, families, and communities to build and develop well-rounded individuals who are independent critical thinkers and intrinsically motivated to be life-long learners. We believe that all children can learn as we seek to make a difference in the lives of our students.
The teachers and staff at Wright Preparatory Academy are committed to providing a quality education for all students in a safe, secure, and nurturing learning environment. We are committed to ensuring that each child reaches his/her full potential.
Currently, Wright Prep has a student population of approximately 108 students in grades K-8. In addition to core academic subjects, students have the benefit of daily physical education classes. Special services available to students include: special education, literacy support, and counseling. School hours are 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.
We encourage all parents/guardians to maintain regular communications with their child’s teachers and be actively involved in the school community. Checking the school calendar, website, and our Facebook page for events and activities will help keep you informed.
If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the office by calling (234) 207-5455. We are looking forward to meeting your child and helping foster a love of learning.
Willie Banks, Interim Principal
Principal Willie Banks began his journey in education nearly 20 years ago. He is a graduate of Stillman College class of 1989. Mr. Banks received his BA in English/Education. He taught for three years in the East Cleveland City School District as a third-grade teacher. He left East Cleveland SD to join the charter school movement in Cleveland. Since 1999, he has served in the capacity of a school Principal throughout the city of Cleveland. Mr. Banks states that he loves the school environment because he is a lifelong learner. He admits that there is not a day that goes by that he does not make an effort to learn something new. Principal Banks received a Master of Education, specializing in leadership and curriculum from Grand Canyon University. Mr. Banks is in the process of obtaining his doctoral degree as a promise he made to his mother years ago
Iteisha Jefferson-Bankston, Superintendent
Iteisha Bankston joined ACCEL Schools in 2020 with over 20 years of experience as a K-12 educator and principal. As Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools, she oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for multiple schools in Northeast Ohio. Ms. Bankston is a school turnaround specialist with a proven track record in successfully transitioning underperforming schools by implementing research-based instructional strategies and facilitating professional development. Ms. Bankston holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Talladega College, an MBA from The University of Phoenix, and Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Cleveland State University, and a School Administration Certificate from Cleveland State University.
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