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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 K-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.

Tamika Cleveland, Regional Vice President

Tamika Cleveland is an accomplished K-8 school leader with nearly 20 years of educational experience where she served as a teacher, instructional coach, turnaround principal, director of school quality, educational consultant, and charter school superintendent. She comes to ACCEL Schools with a wealth of knowledge from award-winning charter school organizations across the US. She received her BA in Middle Childhood Education and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Toledo. Mrs. Cleveland believes in working with all members of the educational community to enhance operational systems, improve organizational culture, and boost academic performance. She has a passion for urban education and prides herself on her ability to build strong relationships, present an honest approach to turning schools around and coaching principals.

Community School

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.