School Details

Columbus Alternative High School

2632 McGuffey Rd, Columbus, OH 43211
(614) 365-6006

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 685 students 18 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade


Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
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About this school

Columbus Alternative High School is a public high school in Columbus. The principal of Columbus Alternative High School is Sharee N. Wells, who can be contacted at 685 students attend Columbus Alternative High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 99% of the 685 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 55% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Columbus Alternative High School is 18:1. Linden-McKinley Stem School on Arcadia is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 61% 57%
Hispanic 4% 8%
Asian 4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 29% 27%
Multiracial 2% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 79%
Economically disadvantaged 99% 98%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I go to this school and its the best they encourage you to do better and not give up

  • (1 year ago)

    I truly love this school and love coming here everyday. It gives me a chance to be challenged which is something that has not always been done for me in Columbus City Schools. The teachers at CAHS really care about their students and are always willing to go the extra mile to make sure their students succeed in their classes such as staying after school and replying to students texts and emails in a timely fashion. As much as I love CAHS i would not recommend it to students who are not prepared to work hard for their grades. CAHS is not a place to simply 'get by' you must work hard. The teachers are always there to help you but you must be willing to utilize them; they won't come to you you must come to them. CAHS is a place for students who want to make it to the best colleges and be prepared for the curriculum that those colleges have waiting for them. As hard as CAHS is I would not choose any other high school to go to. No other high school in the CCS district can compare.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm currently a junior at CAHS and is by far the best school in the CCS District. The teachers and administrators truly care about each in every student being prepared for college and exceeding the normal requirements of high school. CAHS is has been and will continue to be a nationally ranked high school. Each year the school has been substantially increasing in test scores rating etc. With a lot more new technology and some major renovations to the school CAHS could go 20X further academically then many other nationally ranked schools. CAHS is known as the school of promise and its mission is to have each and every student fully prepared for the real world.

  • (2 years ago)

    I go to CAHS it has swagg and I love it sooooo much. All day everyday. Ms.R is the best.

  • (3 years ago)

    this is the best school my mother could have placed me in i am learning this first and second year college students are. this school will show what hard work means if anything this school deserves an award for best school in Columbus.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a former student the ciriculum at CAHS prepares you for the real world and makes college much easier than it would for a person who went to a regular high school. I recomend it to anyone who wishes to give their child the best education possible.

  • (5 years ago)

    Awww; thiss is school for the reallt dedicated students that want to achieve a great education unhampered by the ones that wind up in our alternative school. Now I get it!! Thanks and best of luck though I don't think you need luck with your program. Sounds like the Walnut Hills of old in Cincinnati

  • (5 years ago)

    The writer below is obviously not familiar with CAHS. Students who choose CAHS get an opportunity to learn about humanities and to go to Stratford Ontario to see Shakespeare performed. Since there is no sports they do not get swept into football and other sports as in a traditional high school. CAHS gives students a chance to get involved in education - the purpose of schools.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is without a doubt the best high school in the city--and one of Columbus's best kept secrets too. It's a rigorous college-prep school with dedicated teachers serious students and a community that doesn't exclude anyone. I've never seen high school students happier or more stimulated by their coursework. No sports and that puts some people off but I'm convinced it's one of the main reasons the school works as well as it does on so many levels.

  • (5 years ago)

    CAHS a public school consistently ranks in the top 25 schools nationally along with private prep schools etc. Students and teachers are challenged and respected the arts and sciences flourish with genuine student leadership. CAHS is - and should be - a model for excellence in public urban education.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is a freshman. CAHS is providing her with a very challenging education. I do wish the music program was stronger though.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am currently a student at CAHS and all teachers also principles does a great job in educating all students they are fair and any problems that anyone has they solve them fair and square.Now lets not forget the staff in the lunchroom they also do an awesome job food is great especially the salad bar man awesome everything is fresh and neat keep up the good work.

  • (8 years ago)

    CAHS does a great job of educating all students. This is a rich diverse population. Students have respect for each other their focus tends to be on academics. Teachers are good and strong in their areas. Opportunities abound. There are no sports at CAHS but your student can participate in their home school. CAHS is a lottery school and application is through lottery only. This is a school for academically driven students. If your student doesn't want to be at CAHS you might want to consider looking at their home school because they will have to work at CAHS and if they don't want to be there they can sabotage their success. Parents are involved and are supportive of the academic mission. There are many tasks that parents fulfill to make CAHS a better place. Students need some motivation to make the most of what CAHS has to offer.

  • (9 years ago)

    We have put 5 children through CAHS. Two went to the colleges of their choice. The other three are still there. They have all been challenged and had opportunities to do more than I believe they would have anywhere else. The peer culture is such that being smart is valued; the geniuses are cheered for. The social life is built around theatre chess Dungeons and Dragons and political action. Not a school for the lazy. A kid trying to just get by will be blown away by the college level course content. When my daughter went to the college fair one college's recruiter said she should not bother to apply unless she was in the top 10% of her class when the recruiter heard my daughter was from CAHS she said 'Nevermind; apply-CAHS is different.' We could easily afford the suburbs but it would be a step down.

  • (9 years ago)

    CAHS has been a challenging road for me and for many of my fellow students. The hours of homework not only during school but during break were massive. But I feel that it was all worth it. The faculty at CAHS seem to find the smallest ounce of potential within all their students to help them grow. Once ignorant freshmen the now proud seniors look back at their 4 years through these halls and thank those who have helped them become the adults they now are. I feel that the parents reading this should send their children to CAHS because unlike many other schools in Columbus intelligence is respected here. What can make CAHS hard for kids is the fact that every teacher here expects your best because they can see your potential. Sometimes it's hard for kids to live up to those great expectations.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a graduate of Columbus Alternative High School and am pleased that others can reap its benefits. My time there was enjoyable and enriching and it equipped me for an open mind in an increasingly connected world. As a teacher now I understand even more the greatness of this school. Kudos to the teachers and the staff!

  • (9 years ago)

    This is an excellent college prep school in a public school district. There is a wide variety of students and staff to help students develop in ways that is unimaginable in a private school. But the level of learning and teach can only be match by a private school.

  • (10 years ago)

    Columbus Alternative High School is probably one of the best public high schools in the nation. As a college preparatory high school the students are expected to meet standards but this is easily acheived in a helpful and informative atmosphere. The school has a diversity of students and teachers which goes beyond race and is excellent for getting a head start and college.

  • (10 years ago)

    I loved this school. I went there as a child and now my child goes there. I would recommend it to everyone who wants a higher education.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school is okay but your child has to be focused or when they come they will be lost! The program is very hard but it does help in the end. My child is at Penn State University on a full ScholarShip

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