Get To Know E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills

School Leadership

Chris O’Brien - Principal, Village Prep Woodland Hills

Chris O’Brien came to E Prep Cliffs as a 6th grade math teacher in the fall of 2010. His eyes were opened to the disparity in education outcomes and opportunities that existed between the suburban schools and the traditional urban schools. Only separated by a few miles and a different zip code from their affluent peers, his students had been robbed of a quality education before coming to E Prep. He was determined to make sure than his scholars would never be made to felt less than anyone else – academically or otherwise.

In the fall of 2012, Chris O’Brien was selected as Principal to open E Prep’s first replication campus in the Woodland Hills neighborhood. In the first three years of its existence, E Prep Woodland Hills was ranked in the top 1% of all 3,500 Ohio public schools in student growth measures. To Chris O’Brien, being a principal is much more than just a job. It is the greatest opportunity to fight for educational equity and empower our youngest citizens to become the future of our great democracy.

Lynesha Richardson - Principal, E Prep Woodland Hills

Beginning at a young age, Lynesha Richardson has been dedicated to the field of education, and for the past 6 years, she has been devoted to E Prep Woodland Hills. As a young girl growing up in Michigan, she realized that getting a quality education was not an easy feat and this reality became even clearer when she attended Bowling Green State University and experienced educational struggles she was not prepared for.

Ms. Richardson’s career at E Prep Woodland Hills began in 2012 as the founding 6th and 7th grade Science teacher. After teaching 5th grade Science for a two years and becoming 5th grade team lead, she decided she wanted to make a greater impact on the school as a whole. She spent two years as the Dean of Scholars and is currently sharing her talents and love for education as the Principal of E Prep Woodland Hills.

Ms. Richardson strives to ensure that all scholars, no matter where they come from, receive the quality education they deserve. She experienced first-hand the importance of a high-quality education, and understands how central it is in making a meaningful impact in the surrounding community. She values the opportunity to empower young leaders who will one day continue to fight against injustice and work to make a difference.

Our Board

We are so thankful for our dedicated group of volunteer board members. Please find below our full board list and board calendar.

Grades Served

E Prep Woodland Hills is a tuition-free middle school serving students in grades K - 8.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to seek to provide a high quality, academically rigorous education for the college bound scholar. We empower our scholars to think critically, assume social responsibility, and serve as advocates for themselves and the community. We achieve these goals with in a highly focused, structured and safe environment. We, as a community of educators, families and scholars work relentlessly to ensure that every child is prepared to succeed in a competitive world.

Our vision is that children in every neighborhood in Cleveland have access to at least one outstanding preparatory school. Our role in this vision is to open eight Prep schools through Cleveland. We presently have four Prep schools, and will open an additional five schools by 2020.

Innovative Academic Program

Our E Prep Middle School Approach

Our E Prep middle schools are very intentional about setting a culture marked by high expectations and no excuses.  Every student can achieve and every teacher and administrator models relentlessness in this pursuit.

Our Village Prep School Approach

Our Village Prep elementary schools are a very focused environment for our young scholars. Teachers are passionate and committed, and every minute is used to the fullest. Village Prep’s two teacher model divides the class into small groups of 5-10 scholars to provide targeted, differentiated instruction. We use adaptive computer based programming to target skills in an engaging and fun way. A balanced curriculum that features Guided Reading, Reading Comprehension, Phonics, Writing, Math Fluency and Math Problem Solving as well as enrichment classes of Physical Education, Art, and Technology.

Academic Results

We are proud of our students' most recent accomplishments on the Ohio Department of Education exams. In 2016, E Prep was ranked in the top 1% of all schools in Ohio for student growth. In 2015, our school earned an "A" for Student Growth! (Ohio Department of Education). You can find our full school report card on the ODE website here.


It is always our goal to reach the whole child, and we strive for a balance of athletic and non-athletic after school extracurriculars. For example, extracurriculars include:

  • Boys/Girls Basketball
  • Tutoring
  • Open door academy
  • Step team
  • Geography bee
  • Cheerleading
  • Prep Loyalty Step team
  • Urban squash

After School

School History

Our E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills Campus was founded in 2011, and is the second campus of our founding E Prep & Village Prep schools in Cleveland's St Clair Superior neighborhood. Our first campus opened in 2006, and we have consistently grown to serve more students and families throughout Cleveland.


Please find a list of our school’s policies below. If you have any questions, just let us know!

General Notice of Non-Discrimination

The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Diana Harrison, Vice President of Human Capital

View All Other School Policies Here