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Dear Families,

Welcome to Cleveland Arts & Social Sciences Academy (CASSA). Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy was founded in 2015 on the simple convictions that a first-rate education is the birthright of every individual, and that every child should be challenged to reach his or her full potential. Our mission is to surpass the global standards of academic excellence by investing in partnerships with our students, community and home environments, in order to encourage the development of creativity and self-direction. We ensure that all students receive the focus and attention required to achieve academic excellence by engaging each student through their unique talents.

Our teachers and staff meet students where they are and move them to higher levels of performance. By focusing on the entire child and using a holistic approach, each student’s passion for learning is ignited. CASSA has truly embraced the motto “Failure is not an option.”

We encourage all parents/guardians to maintain regular communication with their child’s teachers and be actively involved in the school community. Checking the school calendar, website, and our Facebook page for events and activities will help keep you informed.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the office by calling 216-229-3000. We are looking forward to meeting your child and helping foster a love of learning.

A. Cory McDaniel
Head of School

A. Cory McDaniel - Head of School

Cory McDaniel joined the ACCEL team in 2018. Prior to coming on board as Principal at CASSA, Mr. McDaniel taught Grades 1 and Middle School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from American College of Education.

Dr. Rodney Bly, Superintendent

Dr. Rodney Bly joined ACCEL Schools in 2018 with over 20 years of experience as a K-12 educator, principal, administrator, and educational consultant in the Midwest. As Regional Vice President he oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for multiple schools in Ohio and Minnesota. Dr. Bly holds an Ed.D. in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois, Master’s degree in Science Education from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Wisconsin as well as additional certifications. The scope of Dr. Bly’s experiences has allowed him to build mastery in school operations, instructional leadership, school budget and finance, and school culture and climate.

Community School

Cleveland Arts & Social Sciences Academy is a public, community 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 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.