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Tindley Accelerated Schools, in cooperation with parents and the broader community, will empower students – regardless of their past academic performance – to become successful learners who graduate with the capacity for rigorous college opportunities. Tindley will provide a powerful learning experience that intellectually engages, inspires, and spurs academic achievement through a challenging and interactive college-preparatory curriculum.
Back in 2004, the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School launched to provide a top-quality, accelerated academic experience to urban youth in a college-preparatory environment. Over time, the demand for the Tindley experience became so overwhelming that we opened five additional schools to serve more kids, including elementary school and kindergarten students.
While each Tindley school has its own distinct character, there are consistent qualities within every school:
- Accelerated Learning: Each student is expected to work at least one grade level ahead with the goal of selective college admission upon high school graduation.
- Extended Hours: Tindley Accelerated Schools schools commit to longer school days, weeks, and years for those needing further academic assistance.
- Quality Instruction: Tindley Accelerated Schools teachers are expected to serve students in an engaging, rigorous classroom setting.
- Small Size: Tindley Accelerated Schools is committed to a personalized academic setting for all students. No class will be larger than 22; no school will be larger than 300-500 students

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Lloyd Knight began his career as a student teacher and has worked at nearly every level including classroom teacher, curriculum resource teacher, and assistant principal.  In his time at CICS Lloyd Bond, they have achieved breakthrough growth in reading and math through the implementation of Daily 5, Math Daily 3, and a rigorous independent reading program.  In two years CICS Lloyd Bond went from the closed list to the 4th Best Charter Elementary School in the City of Chicago according to Chicago Magazine.
As the Lead Principal of NC for Charter Schools USA, he spearheaded the expansion of five new buildings and the largest portfolio of charter schools in the State of North Carolina.
At Thomas Carr Howe Community High School, he led a group of educators and students in a turnaround effort that would make history.  In two years at TC Howe, he would lead the longest failing school in the history of the State of Indiana off the closed list to a grade of C.  
Mr. Knight is a practitioner of Restorative Justice and a trained peacekeeper that holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Shaw University in North Carolina, and earned his Master of Arts degree in education leadership from DePaul University in Chicago.