Welcome to Parma Academy School, home of the Pandas! Parma Academy is a learning community which values high expectations for both academics and behavior. Our staff embraces students, families, and communities to build and develop well-rounded individuals who are independent critical thinkers and intrinsically motivated to be life-long learners. We believe that all children can learn as we seek to make a difference in the lives of our students.
The teachers and staff at Parma Academy are committed to providing a quality education for all students in a safe, secure, and nurturing learning environment. We are committed to ensuring that each child reaches his/her full potential.
In addition to core academic subjects, Parma Academy students have the benefit of weekly art and physical education classes. Special services available to students include: special education, literacy support, and counseling.
We encourage all parents/guardians to maintain regular communications 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. We are looking forward to meeting your child and helping foster a love of learning.
Wendy Copen, Principal
Mrs. Copen is the Founding Principal of Parma Academy. Mrs. Copen started her career in education as an Intervention Specialist teaching Grades 1-8. She received her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Akron in 1998 and her Master’s in Administration PreK-12 in 2011. After an Internship in 2012 Mrs. Copen become principal of a K-4 school in Norton, Ohio. During this time, she also became a Certified Speaker through the UpsideDown Organization in Baltimore. She develops and delivers professional development programs on brain-based learning for educators and parents. In 2013 Mrs. Copen won “Teacher of the Year,” and in 2017 she earned the “Momentum Award” from the state of Ohio due to all of her scholars passing their state achievement tests and being the leader of her school. Mrs. Copen loves leading Parma Academy and she is very excited to see the growth of her students and staff.
Sarah O'Bryan, Regional Vice President
Sarah O’Bryan joined ACCEL Schools in 2017 with over 15 years of experience as a K-12 special education teacher, school principal, and superintendent. As Associate Director of School Accountability, she is responsible for supporting daily school operations including Transportation, Food Service, and Facilities Management for over 45 schools. She also provides special support to Parma Academy, overseeing leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning. Ms. O’Bryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Kent State University.
Parma Academy School is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by the St. Aloysius Orphanage (Charter School Specialists) 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.