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December 7, 2023
July 28, 2023

Marion Preparatory Academy Wins 2023 “Outstanding Attendance” Accely Award

Congratulations to Marion Preparatory Academy for winning an Outstanding Attendance award at the annual leadership summit held this July. Marion Preparatory Academy was one of 10 schools across the ACCEL network that achieved an Average Daily Attendance (ADA) of 92% or higher – no small feat in a year where schools nationwide reported high rates of pandemic-related absenteeism.

Recognizing the hard work and success of our schools and school leaders is an important tradition at ACCEL Schools. While schools across the country are still recovering from challenges related to the pandemic, we have seen a surge in success from schools serving historically underrecognized communities.

“We are mission driven to make quality education available to all children regardless of geographic location or life circumstances,” said ACCEL Schools CEO Ron Packard who presented the awards on July 17. “It is an honor to recognize the staff and leadership who are putting ACCEL’s ideals into action and creating positive change in the lives of the students and communities who need it most.”

Congratulations to every member of our Marion Preparatory Academy community for contributing to our success in 2023. We are honored to accept this Accely award on behalf of our entire team and look forward to another great school year.

Ready to take the next step and join us?
July 14, 2023

We’re Providing the School Supplies for the 2023-24 School Year!

No need to purchase school supplies, Marion Prep already has them ready for your student! We are happy to announce that for the 2023-2024 school year, we will be supplying school supplies for all students. We appreciate our school community and can’t wait to see you in August. If you would like to help donate classroom items, please check with our office for a list of items needed.

Still need to enroll for the upcoming school year?  

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November 18, 2022

Join the Wellness Committee!

The Local Wellness Policy is a written document that guides a local educational agency’s (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. The Wellness Policy Committee has been created as an effort to manage and develop our school’s healthy habits.

» A Wellness Committee will be appointed to each school

» The committee may include parents and guardians, students, representatives of the school nutrition program, physical education teachers, or any other interested stakeholder that is aligned with the goals of the policy

» The committee shall meet a minimum of four times per year

This is a great opportunity to help promote and support student health and wellness, and create a positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environment. Please contact mealcounts@accelschools.com for more information.

We want to hear from you. Please contact us at: mealcounts@accelschools.com


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September 23, 2022
April 28, 2022

Marion Prep Offering 9th Grade Starting Fall 2022

We are pleased to announce Marion Preparatory Academy is expanding to high school! Students will be able to continue to get a high-quality education with lower class sizes and personalized instruction. We will open Grade 9 this Fall and add a grade each year until graduating our first senior class in 2025-26. We are proud to serve our community with benefits such as:

  • Highly qualified and certified instructors
  • Secure campus with code entry or office-granted access only 
  • Small class sizes for daily guidance and intervention for instructors
  • A zero-tolerance harassment and bullying culture
  • Individualized college and career advising for all freshmen
  • College Credit Plus opportunities for earning college credit
  • Exciting science offerings with a fully functional science lab: 
    • Integrated Science–9th, Biology–10th, Chemistry–11th, Environmental Science–12th
  • Foundational Math courses:
    • Algebra I–9th, Geometry–10th, Algebra 2–11th, Statistics–12th
  • Engaging History courses:
    • US History–9th, World History–10th, US Government–11th
  • Structured English Language Arts and Literature Electives:
    • ELA I–9th, ELA 2–10th, ELA 3–11th, Literature Electives–12th
  • Active Elective Offerings:
    • Physical Education
    • Choir
August 6, 2021

The ACCEL Schools Difference

We are a proud member of ACCEL Schools—a public charter school network serving thousands of PK-12 students throughout the United States. ACCEL was founded in 2012 by the early pioneers of online learning. Our leadership believes that all children, regardless of location or socio-economic background, deserve a quality education that prepares them to succeed in school and become productive global citizens.  

ACCEL Schools Instructional Model provides: 

  • Aligned Academics meet or exceed state standards ensuring your child is on track for rigorous college and career opportunities.    
  • Certified, Licensed Teachers and a student-centered staff are united in executing our mission to make a difference in the life trajectory of each student.    
  • More Time on Task and double the instructional minutes for ELA and Math maximizes learning in your child’s school day.   
  • Short Cycle Assessments keep track of how students are progressing in the program, giving teachers ongoing feedback so they can tailor instruction to your student’s needs.    
  • Individualized Instruction driven by assessment data means we are familiar with the needs of each child and set students up for success in each course of study.    
  • State Testing Preparation reduces the anxiety often associated with high stakes tests, helping our teachers and students feel confident with the structure and methodology of state exams.    
  • Academic Support including education technology, interventional specialists, and instructional aides assist students during the school day. After school tutoring, summer school, and Saturday school programs extend support services beyond the traditional school day and year.   
  • Extracurricular Courses & Activities round out our educational offerings providing students social-emotional learning, athletics, arts, service learning & more.   
July 1, 2021

The Mustang Memo – July 2021


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From the Principal…

There are a lot of exciting changes coming to Marion Preparatory Academy this year! 

As we grow, we are happy to announce that we will be adding a music/choir program for K-8! Ms. Julie Murphy-Theodore will be bringing her expertise to start this program off!

We are also adding some additional classrooms this year to support our student growth and will be bringing a playground to our campus! The playground has been ordered and we are awaiting the items to come in. Due to the pandemic, it is moving slowly, but it will definitely be happening!

Finally, we have some great family events planned this year. Stay tuned for more information coming your way!

In Partnership,
Ms. Ashley Ferguson


Summer Food Service

We will be offering food service once again this summer! Families may pick up breakfast and lunch for students under the age of 18 on Monday from 9-11am!

There is one upcoming exception to this service. We will be closed on Monday, July 5th so food service will be Tuesday, July 6th from 9-11am.


Pancake Breakfast

We will be having our first annual Marion Prep Pancake breakfast on Saturday, August 7th! We are excited to partner with Katie’s Pancakes to kick off our school year!

This event is open to all our Marion families. Please plan on joining us!


Upcoming Dates

July 5th: Marion Preparatory Closed in observance of the 4th of July

August 7th: Marion Preparatory 1st Annual Pancake Breakfast with Katie’s Pancakes!

August 9th: Back to School Night

August 11th: First Day of School


Uniform Donations

Do you have any gently used uniform shirts or pants from last year that no longer fit?

Marion Prep is accepting gently used uniforms to have on site for spills, accidents, and general needs.

If you have any items (shirts, pants, shorts) that you would like to donate, please feel free to stop by the school M-F between 9-3pm.  


June 1, 2021

The Mustang Memo – June 2021


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From the Principal…

I am very excited to be joining the Marion team as Principal for the 2021-22 school year! I have had the opportunity to be at the school since it started as the Superintendent, but nothing compares to having the chance to work with our team day to day. I can’t wait to continue building on the strong foundation Ms. Hutton and her team have set in place.

Prior to joining the Marion team, I served in school leadership for over a decade in Columbus, Jacksonville, and New York City. I also taught 2nd and 3rd grade.

I live in Lewis Center with my husband, 10-year-old daughter Ella, and my wild and crazy dog Sparkles! In my free time, I love cheering for my daughter’s volleyball team, hiking, reading, and trying new restaurants.

In Partnership,
Ms. Ashley Ferguson


Summer Food Service

We will be offering food service once again this summer! Families may pick up breakfast and lunch for students under the age of 18 on Monday from 9-11am!

There are two exceptions to this service. We will be closed on Monday, May 31st, so food service will be on Tuesday, June 1st from 9-11am.

We will also be closed on Monday, July 5th so food service will be Tuesday, July 6th from 9-11am.


Special Services

Are you new to Marion Preparatory? Did your child receive any specialized services as their previous school, such as Speech, Occupational Therapy, or small group services through an IEP or 504?

If so, please contact the Ms. Carroll in the front office. We would like to gather more information from you as soon as possible so we can ensure all services are in place when school starts on August 11th!

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call.


Upcoming Dates

May 31st: Marion Preparatory Closed in observance of Memorial Day

July 5th: Marion Preparatory Closed in observance of the 4th of July

August 7th: Marion Preparatory 1st Annual Pancake Breakfast with Katie’s Pancakes!

August 9th: Back to School Night

August 11th: First Day of School


Enrolling for 2021-22

If you have not turned in all your paperwork for the 2021-22 school year, please make sure you do so your seat is reserved!

Have a friend who is interested in Marion Prep? Make sure they give us a call at 740-914-3050 to schedule a tour and get registered today!

The office will be open daily 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday from May 24th to August 10th. We will be closed on Monday, May 31st in observance of Memorial Day and Monday, July 5th in observance of the 4th of July holiday.


Meet the Team


Assistant Principal, Ryan Mulholland

My name is Ryan Mulholland.  I am married with three wonderful children.  I am active in my community and church.  In my free time I love to ride minibikes with my children, walk and run, play games, and make memories that last a lifetime. I have 15 years of experience in education, teaching grades K-3, Special Education and serving as an administrator. I have taught in various schools throughout the state of Ohio and am excited to use and expand my skill set with Marion Preparatory Academy. I have a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a second Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership.


Office Manager, Ms. Carroll

My name is Ms. Carroll. I was born and raised in Marion, Ohio. I graduated from River Valley High School in 1995. I have 2 kids, Elijah and Hannah. Elijah is 18 and will be graduating this year from Elgin High School. He will be going to The Ohio State this fall, where he will be studying Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. I also have a daughter Hannah, who is 15 and is finishing up her Freshman year at Elgin High School. We have a very spoiled dog named Tommy. I have worked in every classroom this year and have done some one-on-one class work with different students.


1st Grade, Ms. Sens

My name is Ms. Sens and I am excited to be a 1st grade teacher next year! I have always wanted to be a teacher! I graduated from Ohio State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and am currently working on my Master’s Degree and Reading Endorsement at Ashland University. I graduated from River Valley and played tennis all four years! I enjoy biking, walking, scrapbooking, and traveling to Arizona. My favorite subject in math and I love chocolate cupcakes. I also have a dog name Oakley that I adopted!


Intervention Specialist, Ms. Greashaber

My name is Ms. Greashaber and I am excited to be working at Marion Prep! I am a 2011 graduate of Ohio State and a 2014 and 2019 graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University! With my degrees, I am able to teach both special education and middle school math and science. I began my career as an online teacher and then moved to Marion St. Mary where I taught middle school. I joined Marion Prep in 2020! When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and puppy, Root Beer, outside where we camp, kayak, and hike!


Music, Ms. Murphy-Theodore

My name is Mrs. Murphy-Theodore.  I am in my second year with Marion Prep and will be moving from middle school to teaching music! This is an opportunity for all of us at Marion Prep to grow our musical abilities and develop appreciation for the arts.  I couldn’t be more excited! I went to Bowling Green, Ohio State, and Concordia University. I have two daughters and four grandchildren. We live on a small farm and have 3 dogs, horses, a cat, and a goat! I love being outside hiking, kayaking, and camping. I also enjoy composing, singing, and playing all kinds of music!




July 10, 2020

20-21 Learning Options for Students

We are happy to announce that our students will have multiple learning options for the 20-21 school year:

  • Traditional  In-person learning at the school building with added safety protocols and procedures.
  • Online At-home learning supported by teachers, technology, and curriculum specifically built for online learning.
  • Hybrid A mix of Traditional and Online learning with in-person and at-home components.

Over the coming weeks we will be releasing more detailed information. Please:

  1. Check your email, school website & Facebook page the Week of July 13 for further description of these models including logistical details like safety protocols, technology, and transportation.
  2. Plan to attend our upcoming Online 20-21 School Year Information Session—date and time will be announced soon!
  3. After attending the info session, please select the option for your student(s) by Friday, July 31st. Your student will be enrolled in the Traditional Cohort unless we hear a different selection from you by 7/31. To select your options, visit: www.accelschools.com/Fall2020

Thank you. We look forward to educating your student this school year!