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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

Welcome to Riverside Academy—Home of the Lions! We offer a well-rounded education that incorporates music, art, and P.E. as well as service opportunities, social-emotional learning, and civic education. The safe and secure campus features brand new flooring, brand new playground, media center, auditorium and gym. We have big plans for the upcoming school year and are excited for you to join us.

Thank you for choosing Riverside Academy!


Mrs. Donley

Leah Donley, Principal

Leah Donley has extensive experience and proven success at building and maintaining a positive school culture and improving student outcomes in urban school settings. She earned a BS in Early Childhood Education from University of Cincinatti and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Ohio Dominican University, with honors. Prior to joining ACCEL Schools, she worked as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and principal of Madisonville SMART Elementary. In 2019, she joined the ACCEL team as Director of Academics where she was responsible for coaching teachers and collaborating with principals on school improvement plans. She is committed to working with faculty, students, families, and the community to build a healthy and inclusive school environment where students grow academically, socially, and emotionally.  Read more »

Jamie Brady, Superintendent

Jamie Brady joined ACCEL Schools in 2019 with over 20 years of experience as a K-12 educator, principal, director, charter school authorizer, and educational consultant. As Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools, she oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for multiple schools in Southern Ohio. Mrs. Brady holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University, a Master’s degree and Principal Certification in Educational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University, and has completed all of her Ed.D. coursework through Walden University.  Mrs. Brady is an experienced leader with expertise and demonstrated mastery in coaching and development, budgeting and finance, instructional leadership, school turnaround, and board relations.

Community School

Riverside 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.

Founded in 2014, ACCEL Schools is a K-12 public charter school management organization (CMO) serving students across the United States in brick-and-mortar, virtual, and hybrid school settings. We focus on improving academic outcomes of students regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic factors. The leadership team at ACCEL Schools has a combined 1000+ years of experience as global school management operators with expertise in curriculum research and design, assessment, student support services, and education consulting. Our entire team fundamentally believes that all children deserve a great education and students should be supported as they pursue a wide variety of post-secondary options. Our robust technology increases engagement, access to resources, efficiencies, and academic results helping our students become productive global citizens.