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Dear Parents,

Welcome to Hope Academy Northcoast—Home of the Panthers! Since opening our doors in 2002, we have strived to provide a safe, secure learning environment for EK-8 students in the Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhood and surrounding areas of Cleveland. We are known for our caring & disciplined school culture where students are encouraged to be self-aware, possess empathy, and develop a strong work ethic.

At Northcoast Academy, our mission is to empower students to reach their fullest potential by implementing a comprehensive curriculum facilitated by highly effective educators in collaboration with families and the community, and supported by progressive technology.


Dr. Martin Ngom

Dr. Martin Ngom, Principal

Dr. Martin Ngom, (pronounced “gom”), joined Hope Academy Northcoast in 2016 with over 25 years of experience working in education as a teacher and school leader. Originally from West Africa, Dr. Ngom holds multiple degrees including double Bachelor’s degrees, Associate’s, and Master’s degrees in education from universities in England, West Africa, and the US, including an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Urban Leadership, Education, and Sociology from the University of Missouri. Dr. Ngom has held numerous positions including principal, teacher, vice principal, program administrator, and chief academic officer at charter schools and at public school districts such as the Kansas City Missouri School District, Longan French Magnet School, and Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology. While principal at Longan, he led the school to achieve Annual Yearly Progress for two years, the highest academic performance measurement in the state of Missouri. During his time at BBCAT, the school gained accreditation under his leadership. Dr. Ngom is fluent in English and French.

Sherree Dillions, Regional Vice President

Mrs. Dillions joined ACCEL Schools in 2018 with over 25 years of experience as a K-12 educator and principal. Prior to joining ACCEL Schools, Mrs. Dillions worked for Cleveland Municipal School District where she served as Head Principal for over 10 years and systematically turned-around low-performing schools into schools of academic success and achievement. Mrs. Dillions holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Master’s degree in Education – Adult Learning & Development, and completed the post graduate Educational Administration Program, all from Cleveland State University. She has also completed the post graduate Urban Superintendents Program at Harvard University. In February 2020, Mrs. Dillions was awarded by Radio One as a “Future History Maker of the City of Cleveland”.

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Northcoast Academy is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by the St. Aloysius Orphanage 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.