Breakthrough Schools is a network of Cleveland's top-rated, tuition-free, non-profit public charter schools. We have nine campuses throughout the city serving grades K-8, and our schools offer distinct educational options for students and families. E Prep & Village Prep Willard is our newest campus, with openings in grades K-1 for next year.
Our E Prep & Village Prep schools are leaders in the state for Student Gains year over year. Our Breakthrough network is the top-rated network of public charter schools in Ohio.
E Prep & Village Prep Willard is a non-profit, public tuition-free school, open to all students and families. However, we have limited spaces - if you are interested in securing your child's spot, contact us early!
Claps, cheers, and chants energize our highly focused classrooms. Motivating school-wide routines create a culture where scholars thrive. Our E Prep & Village Prep approach is re-energizing public education.
Get to know Principal Cherrelle Turner
"A quality education breeds the difference between choice and chance."
After graduating from Ohio University Cherrelle Turner began her career as an educator in Washington D.C. While in Washington D.C. she taught grades K-2 and earned a Master’s degree in special education from George Mason University. Turner later moved to Japan (her country of birth) where she taught English to students (grades 1- 8), lead a cluster of 21 teachers and devised the professional development plan for all incoming English teachers in the city of Kobe.
Upon her return to the United States, she sought to serve in a place where the need for improving the academic climate was undeniable. She decided upon the fruitful and resilient city of New Orleans. During this time Turner earned a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College. She simultaneously managed behavioral and academic interventions as the response to intervention coordinator in addition to instructional coaching at Arthur Ashe Charter School.
Cherrelle Turner has since returned to her family’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and is committed to serving the children and families of the city as the leader of Village Prep- Willard Campus, a Breakthrough School. ‘A goal without a plan is just a wish,’ is a phrase that embodies Cherrelle Turner's commitment to employing strategically planned holistic education as a tool to addressing the multi-faceted challenge of creating choice for those with a muffled voice.
Meet a student from our founding campus
Think E Prep & Village Prep Willard is right for your child?
Last year, all of our schools ended up with a waiting list in multiple grades.
If you are interested in one of our schools, don't delay.
Breakthrough graduates are going places.
Top High Schools
Our graduates attend top public and private high schools in Cleveland, often earning significant or full scholarships for their achievements.
Alumni like Laquanna are attending some of the nations top colleges (on a full-ride, as well!).
And Far Beyond...
Alumni like Terrance Reynolds are traveling the world, as college graduates and global citizens.
Secure Your Child's Spot
Attending an Open House is the best way to get to know our school and decide if it's right for you and your child. Complete this form to save your seat a our next session. Don't end up on the wait list, and contact us today.
Revitalizing a Historic Community Resource
We're investing $7 million in transforming the historic Willard School into Cleveland's premier preschool through 8th grade campus. To find out what makes E Prep & Village Prep Willard a great choice, please read this article written by Crain's Cleveland Business.
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Board of Directors
Many thanks to our all-volunteer Board for all the time and energy they invest in making our school great.
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
*All terms expire on June 30.
**Executive Committee Member
Phone: Elaine Wilkins-Copeland , Breakthrough Office Coordinator, 216-456-2086 x 1342