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March 14, 2023
March 9, 2023

Principal Lane’s Hitting School


Principal Lane’s Hitting School will begin Tuesday, March 14th!

Sessions will be 1 hour.


Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm
Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm

To ensure the highest quality instruction, each session will be limited to 5 students or less. The “Hitters” will be grouped by age. Please return the completed form on the flyer that was sent home or contact us if you would like your child to enroll. There is no fee. We have all the equipment, but your child may bring his/her own bat.

Videos from Principal Lane’s Hitting School:

March 1, 2023

Benefits of Sports in Schools

Did you know that less than one-quarter (24%) of children 6 to 17 years of age participate in 60 minutes of physical activity every day? That means most children aren’t getting the exercise they need to prevent serious health issues like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. And they’re missing out on the academic benefits too, since exercise is linked to better focus, memory, and classroom performance.  

The CDC recommends 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical exercise a day for school-aged children. When kids are active at school, they are healthier, happier, and more successful in school. Here are a few of the benefits of sports and physical education in schools: 

  • Improved attention 
  • Better mood and memory 
  • Lower risk of depression 
  • More time on task 
  • Fewer absences 
  • Better behavior 
  • Better bone & heart health 
  • Healthier weight 

Source: CDC Healthy Schools 

Our experienced school leaders strongly believe in these benefits and implement them throughout the school day.  

December 2, 2022
November 18, 2022

Join the Wellness Committee!

The Local Wellness Policy is a written document that guides a local educational agency’s (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. The Wellness Policy Committee has been created as an effort to manage and develop our school’s healthy habits.

» A Wellness Committee will be appointed to each school

» The committee may include parents and guardians, students, representatives of the school nutrition program, physical education teachers, or any other interested stakeholder that is aligned with the goals of the policy

» The committee shall meet a minimum of four times per year

This is a great opportunity to help promote and support student health and wellness, and create a positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environment. Please contact mealcounts@accelschools.com for more information.

We want to hear from you. Please contact us at: mealcounts@accelschools.com


Download Wellness Committee Flyer (PDF) »

November 17, 2022

Winter is Coming Food Drive

We will be accepting donations of non-perishable foods which will be presented to the Service Council of Sheffield/Sheffield Lake to benefit our local families this holiday season. Every donation helps. You can also contact the chairpersons of the Service Council of Sheffield/Sheffield Lake for further information on how you can help: Lynette Moore, 440-949-5331 and Kathy Janosik, 440-949-5444.

From: November 29th – December 14th

Location: 2180 Lake Breese Rd, Sheffield Village, OH 44054

September 29, 2022
August 14, 2022

Sheffield Academy in The Chronicle-Telegram!

Big thanks to Carissa Woytach from The Chronicle-Telegram who covered Sheffield Academy over the weekend including photos from summer camp special visitor, Olympian Butch Reynolds. 

SHEFFIELD — A new public charter school in Sheffield looks to mesh sports and academics for elementary school kids.Sheffield Academy will open its doors to its first 50-some students on Wednesday, ACCEL regional marketing manager Logann Little said. The early kindergarten through fifth-grade school focuses on high academics, she said, and competitive sports.

The school, in a former Sheffield-Sheffield Lake School building at 2180 Lake Breeze Road, is only the second of its kind for the ACCEL brand — modeled after another sports academy in Toledo.

On Friday afternoon it welcomed incoming students and community members with a field day and a chance to exercise with Olympic gold medalist and Akron native Butch Reynolds.

Reynolds, now living in Columbus, is a former track and field athlete who won gold and silver medals at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and several gold and silver world championship medals for the 4-by-400 meter relay and 400 meters.

On Friday, Reynolds jogged around the blacktop not to beat a record, but to keep up with more than a dozen elementary school kids.

Sheffield Academy Principal Gary Lane watched and helped corral the kids who’d shown up for the afternoon meant to help get the word out into the community about the newly opened school.

Lane grew up playing baseball, basketball and football all through high school before focusing on baseball in college. He played for the University of Northern Iowa, as well as on summer leagues in Minnesota and Kansas.

After teaching for some time, he became a principal and continued coaching travel baseball on the side.

When the opportunity presented itself to open Sheffield Academy, Lane jumped at the chance, he said — as travel teams and high-quality competitions can be cost prohibitive to families, especially for older students.

“I could provide kids quality sports for free and then in turn, when they fun, quality sports and they’re active, they’re going to have better results in the classroom,” he said. “So it’s going to help with their behavior, help with concentration, their overall health and they’re going to enjoy coming to school.”

The majority of kids coming in this fall are kindergartners, he said. If the school is successful, those students will grow with the school, which hopes to add classes every year to reach up to eighth grade. And they’ll help shape the sports offered by showing staff what they’re interested in, he said.

“When kids feel like they’re part of something, they feel like they’re more special, they belong and they’re going to have like an hour of sports every day — and that doesn’t even include recess,” Lane said. “So they’re going to be active.”

Staff are also working on a physio room or break room with padding on the floor for students to do sit-ups, push-ups, yoga or other activities.

To accommodate the majority of practices, and games, held during the school day to give students more family time after school, the day is slightly longer. Classes will run from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., with breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. and practice for older students running until around 4 p.m.

The school is in the process of building baseball fields and a soccer/football field behind the building, which should be open later in the fall, Lane said.

For more information, including open enrollment, visit sheffieldacademy.org or call (440) 201-3875. Classes start Aug. 17.  

Read the full article: https://chroniclet.com/news/312570/sheffield-academy-hosts-olympic-gold-medalist-ahead-of-new-school-year/ 

August 12, 2022

Sheffield Academy in The Morning Journal!

Big thanks to Spencer Mahon from The Morning Journal who covered Sheffield Academy’s plans to open as a new public charter school with a sports emphasis.

It’s that time of the year again.

And it’s no different for a new school in Sheffield Village.

Sheffield Academy, 2180 Lake Breeze Road, hosted a Back to School Bash on Aug. 9.

Officials at the academy said they are excited because they get to open their doors for the first time for classes Aug. 17.

The Back to School Bash was a chance for Sheffield Academy to celebrate and introduce the campus to the community.

This was the first time that the Sheffield/Sheffield Lake community as well as families from neighboring communities could see what the school looked like on the inside and learn more about the academy.

“This is my second time opening a school from the ground up,” said Gary Lane, principal of Sheffield Academy. “This will be his first time opening a school with high emphasis on athletics.”

Lane is an experienced veteran with ACCEL Schools, and most recently he was an interim principal in the Tiffin area with Bridges Prep.

The Back to School Bash offered free food and games as well as staff giving tours of the school.

Enrolled students also could have picked up free school supplies if they needed them.

Lane said he believes parents should have a choice in where their children go to school.

Sheffield Academy is a school that looks to balance academics and athletics for early kindergarten through the fifth-grade, he said.

“The focus will be the younger kids going with sports first and older kids will go last,” Lane said about how the athletic structure is going to attract students.

The main areas of academic expertise are English, math, social studies and science which will be handled in the mornings leaving the afternoon for specials and extracurricular activities which include sports, art and music.

The school day is designed to have both academics and athletics done by about 3:15 p.m. in order to give families the chance to have the evenings for homework and dinner together, Lane said.

Sheffield Academy is a public, community school school district sponsored by the Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS), which provides oversight and enforces academic, fiscal and legal accountability, according to its website.

It is managed by ACCEL Schools, a high-performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States, the website says.

Read the full article here: https://www.morningjournal.com/2022/08/12/sheffield-academy-hosts-back-to-school-bash-2/

August 6, 2021

The ACCEL Schools Difference

We are a proud member of ACCEL Schools—a public charter school network serving thousands of PK-12 students throughout the United States. ACCEL was founded in 2012 by the early pioneers of online learning. Our leadership believes that all children, regardless of location or socio-economic background, deserve a quality education that prepares them to succeed in school and become productive global citizens.  

ACCEL Schools Instructional Model provides: 

  • Aligned Academics meet or exceed state standards ensuring your child is on track for rigorous college and career opportunities.    
  • Certified, Licensed Teachers and a student-centered staff are united in executing our mission to make a difference in the life trajectory of each student.    
  • More Time on Task and double the instructional minutes for ELA and Math maximizes learning in your child’s school day.   
  • Short Cycle Assessments keep track of how students are progressing in the program, giving teachers ongoing feedback so they can tailor instruction to your student’s needs.    
  • Individualized Instruction driven by assessment data means we are familiar with the needs of each child and set students up for success in each course of study.    
  • State Testing Preparation reduces the anxiety often associated with high stakes tests, helping our teachers and students feel confident with the structure and methodology of state exams.    
  • Academic Support including education technology, interventional specialists, and instructional aides assist students during the school day. After school tutoring, summer school, and Saturday school programs extend support services beyond the traditional school day and year.   
  • Extracurricular Courses & Activities round out our educational offerings providing students social-emotional learning, athletics, arts, service learning & more.