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About This School

Arts & College Preparatory Academy is a charter high school in Columbus. The principal of Arts & College Preparatory Academy is Anthony J. Gatto and can be contacted at gatto@artcollegeprep.org. 230 students attend Arts & College Preparatory Academy and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 50% of the 230 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 55% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Arts & College Preparatory Academy is 16:1. Life Skills Center of Columbus Southeast is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Cantonese
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Martial arts self defense

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 6% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 56% 56%
Black, non-Hispanic 26% 26%
Multiracial 10% 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 55%
Economically disadvantaged 50% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Sending our son to this school is one of the best decisions we ever made. After two years he is carrying a 4.0 average and is putting in 100% effort. It is truly a safe environment. When they say there is no tolerance for bullying they actually mean it. Before ACPA I had to hear every day how much he hated school. I don't hear that anymore. The teachers and staff are creative and caring. I know my son will be well-prepared for college. This school is a real gem.

  • (1 year ago)

    Love Love Love this school! My daughter transferred from a rich suburban (read snobby all white no diversity one culture - sports) excellent district school where she was MISERABLE and at ACPA has come alive found her confidence and her happiness here! The teachers and staff are incredibly warm and caring and the instructional approach and teaching are top notch. It is wildly creative and makes me jealous that I didn't have a school like this when I was young. BEST DECISION EVER!

  • (4 years ago)

    Modern approach to learning that keeps students interested and helps them excell. The best decision I ever made was moving my son from public school in Reynoldsburg OH to ACPA. He went from a 2.0 GPA to a 4.0 GPA. This is because of the great teachers and their techniques.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is very extraordinary and my daughter does better here then she has done at the Columbus public schools. Its very diverse and have a small amount of students about 200 and 15 teachers so that the learning is very hands on . I would recommend anyone to enroll there child in this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our daughter has been a student at ACPA for going on 3 years. ACPA is a diverse school that cares about all their students regardless of what your hair color is to what brand name of clothes you wear or what kind of background you come from. It s about all kids counting and being given the same opportunity to learn and be the best that they can . The opportunity s that are given from not only the school it self but all the teachers is endless. I have experienced first hand my daughter s teachers along with Mrs. Lasley and Ms. GG not giving up on my daughter when the going got tough they believed in her when it seemed giving up would have been easier. ACPA has helped our daughter get involved with Dance and teach her that yes she can do and can be someone with hard work and determination. Kimberly

  • (5 years ago)

    I enrolled my teen last year because the thought of my teen going to a very large public high school with a low academic rating and a lot of violence really scared me! ACPA is a small intimate high school with a safe atmosphere and instructors that are not overwhelmed with the task of controlling/managing several hundred students each year. In a setting like ACPA your teen can learn more because the class sizes are managable. your teen can express themselves without threat...ACPA has a real Zero Tolerance policy regarding violence. The students at ACPA are diverse highly intelligent and very confident because they have freedom of expression and have been given permission to just be themselves. I watch this school let out sometimes and I think...those students look so happy!

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school lots of fun activities students are themselves small classes so its more hands on hand soo its really good school!

  • (7 years ago)

    I think this school is a fantastic school. It is very diverse. The students are free to be themselves. They have a lot of freedom and privileges that other schools don't. Students are nice respectful and silly. You don't have to worry about your child being made fun of. The Administrators are strict about the emotionally physically and mentally safe policy. There are no cliques gangs or bullies. Students are just themselves. This school is truly a safe school for all. I can say this because I am a proud student of ACPA. It is a very unique school. There is not another school like it !

  • (9 years ago)

    This charter school is a great alternative to Columbus Public Schools. The school encourages individual expression which is evident by the students' dress. They don't have extracurricular activities in terms of sports but do have art shows and plays. The teachers are young and motivated.

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