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Williams, Johnathan

Founder and CEO, The Accelerated School


Under his leadership, The Accelerated Schools—in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), California State University, Los Angeles, along with foundations and corporate supporters—completed construction of a $50-million dollar comprehensive pre-K—12th grade school complex in 2003. This model public/private partnership charter school dramatically changed educational opportunities for the South Central Los Angeles community and served as a catalyst for the growth of charter schools regionally and nationally. In 1994, The Accelerated School was distinguished as the first charter school in South Central Los Angeles, and in 2001 was the first charter school in California to be recognized by TIME Magazine as “Elementary School of the Year.”