Marquan Jones - Principal, E Prep Cliffs Campus
Marquan Jones is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and is extremely excited to have had the opportunity to return to his hometown. Marquan attended Morehouse College in Atlanta GA because he wanted to be surrounded by other intelligent and driven black males. While at Morehouse, he spent over 4,000 hours mentoring and tutoring youth across the country as a Bonner Scholar. It was these experiences that led him to realize that his calling in life is to be an educator.
After graduating Morehouse in 2010, he moved to Boston to be a full-time Tutor for the MATCH school. While there, he also participated in their teacher-training program ‘MATCH Teacher Residency.' After the one-year training program, Marquan moved to New York to teach Algebra I at Democracy Prep Charter HS. While teaching Algebra I, Marquan graduated from Relay Graduate School of Education with distinction in 2014. At the start of the 2015-16 school year, Marquan left the classroom so he could sharpen some additional skill sets as an instructional coach. Marquan also went back to school in 2016 to get his second Masters in School Counseling because he felt that the skills that he would learn with that degree would enhance the work that he does with staff, students, and families. Marquan is overjoyed to be a part of the E Prep family.
Dr. Randy Yates - Principal, Village Prep Cliffs Campus
Dr. Randy Yates joins Village Prep Cliffs as our Head of School after 30 years in education. He has been a teacher, assistant principal and most recently, was the principal at Woodbury School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where he focused specifically on developing teacher leaders, creating strong math classrooms and supporting academic growth for all learners. An avid fisherman and boater, he is the father of two college-aged daughters, and his wife is a first grade teacher who is proud Dr. Yates is in an elementary school!
E Prep Cliffs is a middle school serving students in grades K - 8
Our E Prep & Village Prep Cliffs Campus offers high-performing, college preparatory, tuition-free public charter schools open to all students and families. E Prep — our founding school — opened in 2006, and Village Prep opened in 2009. Our Cliffs Campus is led by Village Prep Head of School Dr. Randy Yates and E Prep Head of School John McBride.
Board of Directors
James Brady, 2016
Jeffrey Fast**, 2016
Vice President – Cliffs
Marsha Jo French, 2018
Sean Kelly, 2018
Alan S. Kopit**, 2016
President – Prep Model School Boards
Andrew C. Lee, 2017
Wendy Neal**, 2016
Vice President – Woodland Hills
Terrence Robinson, 2017
Bradley J. Schlang, 2017
Sam Steinhouse**, 2018
Kristen San Marco, 2017
Danielle Stein Eisenberg, 2017
Eric A. Baumgartner, 2017
Dennis Sutcliffe, 2017
*All terms expire on June 30.
**Executive Committee Member
Phone: Elaine Wilkins-Copeland , Breakthrough Office Coordinator, 216-456-2086 x 1342
Mission & Vision
The Prep Schools mission is to seek to provide a high quality, academically rigorous education for the college bound scholar. We empower our scholars to think critically, assume social responsibility, and serve as advocates for themselves and the community. We achieve these goals with in a highly focused, structured and safe environment. We, as a community of educators, families and scholars work relentlessly to ensure that every child is prepared to succeed in a competitive world.
The Prep Schools vision is that children in every neighborhood in Cleveland have access to at least one outstanding preparatory school. Our role in this vision is to open eight Prep schools through Cleveland. We presently have four Prep schools, and will open an additional four schools by 2020.
Innovative Academic Program
Our E Prep Middle School Approach
Our E Prep middle schools are very intentional about setting a culture marked by high expectations and no excuses. Every student can achieve and every teacher and administrator models relentlessness in this pursuit.
Our Village Prep School Approach
Our Village Prep elementary schools are a very focused environment for our young scholars. Teachers are passionate and committed, and every minute is used to the fullest. Village Prep’s two teacher model divides the class into small groups of 5-10 scholars to provide targeted, differentiated instruction. We use adaptive computer based programming to target skills in an engaging and fun way. A balanced curriculum that features Guided Reading, Reading Comprehension, Phonics, Writing, Math Fluency and Math Problem Solving as well as enrichment classes of Physical Education, Art, and Technology.
We are proud of our students' most recent accomplishments on the Ohio Department of Education exams. As part of Breakthrough Schools, we are ranked #11 nationally in reading, #16 nationally in math, and #1 overall in Ohio in the latest study by Stanford University. You can find our full school report card on the ODE website here.
It is always our goal to reach the whole child, and we strive for a balance of athletic and non-athletic after school extracurriculars. For example, extracurriculars include:
- Boys/Girls Basketball
- Geography bee
- Prep Loyalty Step team
- Urban squash
Dress Code & School Uniforms
Our basic dress code is a Village Prep blue vest and E Prep grey vest.