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Dear Families,

Since opening our doors in 2004, Northwest School of the Arts has provided school choice and an award-winning program to families throughout the Edgewater, Cudell, Detroit Shoreway, and Lakewood neighborhoods.  

As our name suggests, we offer a unique Arts education where students discover and develop a love and aptitude in Fine, Visual, Musical, and Performing Arts. Beginning in Kindergarten, students participate in regular Art, Music & Writing instruction. In Grades 4+ students choose an Arts emphasis for deeper study such as Fine Art, Visual Art, Creative Writing, Band, Choir, Dance, or Theatre. Students also participate in clubs, sports, and educational field trips and activities throughout the school year. 

Our well-rounded program is Cognia™ accredited and features project-based learning. In addition to Arts, we emphasize STEM and Black History & Cultural Studies. We are proud of our passionate teachers, student support services, and small class sizes that keep NWSOTA one of the top-performing schools in Cleveland! Recent academic successes include: 

  • Performed over 10% higher than neighboring public and charter schools 
  • Scored in Top 20% of Ohio charter schools 
  • Rated 4 stars in Progress for exceeding state expectations in student academic growth 
  • Rated 4 stars in Gap Closing for exceeding state expectations in closing educational gaps 
  • 19% increase in Performance Index score 
  • 100% of students met the state reading requirements for promotion to Grade 4 

At NWSOTA, we provide a school experience that emphasizes academic achievement, creative exploration, self-expression, and social-emotional wellbeing. We look forward to serving your child this school year.


Principal Lockett
Northwest School of the Arts (formerly Hope Academy)


Derrick Lockett Sr., Principal

Derrick Lockett Sr. joined ACCEL Schools in 2021 as principal of Northwest School of the Arts. He brings strong leadership experience in PK-12 education with seven years spent as an administrator for Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Before pursuing a career in education, Mr. Lockett served as a social worker for Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services. He received his BS in Psychology and M. Ed. from Cleveland State University. Mr. Lockett is passionate about working with teachers, parents, students, and the wider community to provide children with the very best educational opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom.

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.

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Northwest School of the Arts is a public charter school. We are our own school district sponsored by the Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS) which provides oversight and enforces academic, fiscal, and legal accountability. We are managed by ACCEL Schools, a high performing network of over 80 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.