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Dear Families,

Welcome to Canton College Preparatory School–Home of the Spartans! Since opening our doors in 2013 the Spartan community has enjoyed tremendous growth as a beacon of academic excellence in downtown Canton and throughout Stark County. The success we’ve experienced has not materialized by accident. It has been through the hard work, dedication, and partnerships that have existed between school staff, parents, community members, and most importantly, our scholars.

During the course of the year, it is my hope that we will build on this formula for success and that our partnership will provide our scholars the best possible opportunities in preparing them for a college preparatory high school that ensures acceptance and graduation from a four-year college or university.

Thank you for choosing Canton College Prep!

In Partnership,
Darryl Lindsay



Darryl Lindsay, Principal

Mr. Darryl Lindsay joined Canton College Preparatory School in 2013 as founding Dean of Student Life & Management, and was promoted to Principal in 2017. Prior to ACCEL Schools, Mr. Lindsay worked as an educator in public and charter K-8 schools in Ohio, Florida, and Michigan.

Heather Stevens, Superintendent

Heather Stevens joined ACCEL Schools in 2017 with over 17 years of experience as a K-12 educator, principal, and superintendent. As Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools, she oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for multiple schools in Northeast Ohio. Prior to ACCEL Schools, Ms. Stevens worked as a regional leader of public charter schools at ICAN Schools. Ms. Stevens holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of Education.  She earned her B.S.Ed. from Ohio University and her M.Ed. from Cleveland State University.

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Community School

Canton College Preparatory 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.