CEO’s Message

Grace Lee-Chang

Dear TAS community,

As I enter my first year as CEO, I’m honored and humbled to lead a community of extraordinary teachers and staff. Their hard work and partnership are the backbone to our tradition of excellence at The Accelerated Schools.

Since our founding, The Accelerated Schools have embraced a commitment to academic excellence and a guiding belief that all students can excel when supported in a school environment that sets high expectations.  Our 3 founding principles are: building on strengths, empowerment coupled with responsibility, and unity of purpose.

Our overarching goal is to instill from an early age the important academic and character strengths that will help our students succeed in college, career, and life.  More than 90 percent of our seniors get accepted into college every year — a credit to our small class sizes, quality teachers, and high standards of academic excellence.

Above all, we believe that as educators, we each have the power to make a positive impact on the lives of our students, families, and our community at large. It is up to us to use this influence to remove barriers, encourage students to aim high, and give them access to the skills and competencies that will prepare them to be competitive in the global 21st century economy.

I look forward to collaborating with our entire school community to achieve what we collectively want for students – success beyond their years here at TAS Schools.

Warmly,
Grace Lee-Chang

Our Mission & Vision

For more than 25 years, The Accelerated Schools (TAS) have embraced a commitment to academic excellence and achievement guided by the belief that all students can excel when nurtured in a school environment that combines high expectations for students, and active involvement from parents and the community.

TAS prepares students with the foundational knowledge, tools and skills needed to be productive, engaged citizens and lifelong learners. Our goal is to instill from an early age the important academic and character strengths that will help them succeed in college, career and life.

We believe TAS enriches the lives of students and their families through a mix of academic, cultural, and community-focused programming and has been instrumental in transforming the South Los Angeles community.

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Our History

1993

Co-founders Johnathan Williams and Kevin Sved embark on journey to create TAS

1994

TAS opens in a rented space with 50 students in grades K-5, making it the first charter school in South Los Angeles

1997

TAS moves to larger, 3.9 acre donated facility

2001

TIME Magazine names TAS the Elementary School of the Year, calling it one of the nation’s “most accomplished K-12 institutions”

2003

WAHS opens its door to serve grades 9-12

2004

ACES, a dual language immersion program for grades K-6, is established

2013

WAHS earns Gold Medal Award, and ranks in the top 500 high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report

2016

U.S. News & World Report names WAHS a Top High School in the U.S.

2017

U.S. News & World Report names WAHS a Top High School in the U.S.

2019

Grace Lee-Chang appointed CEO

Our Leadership Team

Grace-Lee-Chang

Grace Lee-Chang

Chief Executive Officer

Susan Raudry

Susan Raudry

Director of Elementary Education

Robert Canosa-Carr

Robert Canosa-Carr

Director of Secondary Education

Lenita Lugo

Lenita Lugo

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Instruction and Assessment

Robert French

Robert French

Director of Human Resources

Karin Figueroa

Karin Figueroa

Principal, ACES (TK-6)

Francis Reading

Francis Reading

Principal, TAS (TK-8)

Rosie Hoang

Rosie Hoang, Ed.D.

Principal, WAHS (9-12)

Randhir Bains

Randhir Bains, Ed.D.

Special Education Administrator

Vincent Shih

Vincent Shih

Chief Financial Officer

Tom Nizetich

Tom Nizetich

Director of Facilities

Cong Liu

Cong Liu

Technology Manager

Our Board of Trustees

Juli P. Quinn, Ph.D.
FREEducation, LLC
Board President

Peter B. Morrison
Arps, Slate,
Meagher & Flom LLP
Board Vice President

Lawrence Picus, Ph.D.
Rossier School of Education, USC
Trustee

Leonard Rabinowitz
Hilton & Hyland
Trustee

John W. Ward
Wells Fargo & Company
Trustee

Elizabeth Weiss, Ph.D.
Viterbi School of Engineering, USC
Trustee

Scott Yetter
ACES Parent Representative
Trustee

Binti P. Yost
KPMG LLP
Trustee

Presidents Emeritus

Scott Bottles
Wells Fargo
President

Eric C. Johnson
Victex Inc. / Crail Johnson Foundation
President

Simeon P. Slovacek, Ph. D. 
California State University Los Angeles
Vice President

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