School Details

Columbus Preparatory Academy

3330 Chippewa St, Columbus, OH 43204
(614) 275-3600
10

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 684 students 18 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

100%
78%
99%
81%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Columbus Preparatory Academy average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
78%
100%
88%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Columbus Preparatory Academy average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
68%
96%
74%
100%
68%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Columbus Preparatory Academy average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
75%
98%
83%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Columbus Preparatory Academy average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
73%
100%
81%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Columbus Preparatory Academy average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
77%
100%
86%
100%
69%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Columbus Preparatory Academy average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Columbus Preparatory Academy is a charter middle school in Columbus. 684 students attend Columbus Preparatory Academy and identify as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 56% of the 684 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 54% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Columbus Preparatory Academy is 18:1. Westmoor Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 53% 53%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 17%
Multiracial 13% 13%
Hispanic 10% 10%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 54%
Economically disadvantaged 56% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Cpa is very focused on tests OAA scores and test prep. And while that's not exactly a bad thing here its laid on pretty heavily. The principals saying such as 'if youre not first you're last' and others are a bit unreasonable for a school atmosphere. There are absolutly no bullying problems although mr Carr is intimidating to the students. There arts and language teachers are phemnominal but unfortunatly the school dosent allow much space budget or time for these classes. If you can get over the the principal few ridiculous teachers and the competitvness of the school its a pretty great school. The education quality is fantastic most the older grade teachers push you and allow you to go further than you'd ever expect.

  • (11 months ago)

    This is a great school academically. But I think it fails to incorporate important child development appropriate for the different age groups. I think solely forcusing on scores and behavior eliminates the importance of play and free time for children. First year was great his teacher made it her job that my son didn't fall behind. This year has been a heart ache for my son and for the whole family. I love the team spirit. Principal and teachers should accomodate the kids that are not straight A students. We don't all come from the same mold.

  • (1 year ago)

    A lot of love or hate opinions. My kid was testing at 2 grades above her level according to CPA but when we started at a public school we were at the same level as the other kids in his grade. I give a 1 star because of the treatment my child received. I wonder how many 5 stars reviews are really parents.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son and many of his friends left CPA because of bullying by the principal (Mr. Carr). While there is zero tolerance for bullying between students Mr. Carr is the biggest bully of all. Grabbing students and yelling in front of others is inappropriate behavior. Yes the test scores are above other districts because those children who struggle with work overload are forced to leave so Mr. Carr can be left with only the exception students. The extra long hours shorter breaks and hours of homework each day leave little childhood enjoyment left in the children.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an amazing school that understands how to prepare students for success in both academics and career readiness. The school doesn't focus on "How to Take a Test." Instead the school tracks and creates an individualized learning plan for every student and ensures they are making progress through the use of regular assessments. As a parent I wish all schools focused on my student to the same level. They intervene and provide remediation once a student is not making the progress they need. No student is left behind in this school. In fact they are the top scoring district in the entire State of Ohio. That's pretty impressive. Some parents are unable to handle the rigorous expectations. CPA however is focused on the development of children so they can find incredible success in life. Parents who want the best for their children choose CPA. Parents who make excuses for their children should probably go somewhere else.

  • (1 year ago)

    Without a doubt this is the best school in Ohio. But it's not because of the test scores. Sure the test scores are the highest in Ohio. They are the best because of the extremely caring staff and teachers who tirelessly work to ensure my student has the best opportunities in life. I am so happy that we found this school. My student is reading 2 years above grade level it 1 year ahead in Math and LOVES going to school. THANKS CPA!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school offers a challenging curriculum for all its students pushing them to reach for more. In the few years my children have been at CPA I have seen them become more driven in their school work. My children care about the quality of work they do and want to be successful. This is something I think CPA has taught my children. While it saddens me to see that some parents feel the teachers are over worked or not helpful I have not dealt with this type of situation at CPA. The teachers are always willing to give me suggestions on ways to help at home.

  • (1 year ago)

    My reviews are based on my experience in different school districts that are more organized. The school needs to spend its money paving a playground for the children not having them play in dirty muddy areas. The parking lot is a disaster as there needs to be direction and organization it's too small and everyone is fighting for a parking space. Every week be prepared for your child to take at least 3 tests. The teachers are overwhelmed with students and the office has 6-7 people working In there with no sense of direction. Instead of investing in people in the office or a top of the line printer which sits in their office invest in a library. Again I wrote this review to give you a sense of what kind of environment you're putting your children into. I've attended catholic schools as a child who have had less funding so funding isn't the issue. It always comes from the leadership at the top and the staff.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school. The school offer full day kindergarten. Our original plan was to send our child there for its full day kindergarten program. Over time we love the method that the school is using to teach and discipline our child. Our child love the school and the learning environment there. We decided to continue to have our child continue on to Grade 1 and is now planning to send our second child there too. We have also recommended the school to some of our friends and they are happy with their decision to send their child there. CPA is unique and we are glad it works out for us. It is very serious about doing things in a direct and efficient way without any foolishness or nonsense way of educating our child. They take pride of its effort and the result in educating our child. We are proud to be part of the CPA family.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love having my children at CPA! Never have I seen teachers work so hard to make sure that my kids are prepared for the challenges they will face outside the school (after-school tutoring title 1 saturday school). While the school does put focus on getting students ready for the OAA they are not given OAA's every week. What is given are small quizzes by their teachers that go over what they had learned that week in class. The school offers programs for their students in and outside of school like band volleyball running club writer's club art club and an after-school latch-key program. The grounds around the school contain two playgrounds and many spaces for the teachers to take the students outside to explore. I know my one child enjoys the nature walks their teacher takes around the school during science class. Thank you CPA for all the hard work! My children and I appreciate every thing you do.

  • (1 year ago)

    We loved CPA the first few years but as the test scores increased so did the arrogance of the principal. The students that take the OAAs take practice tests constantly to the point that I can't imagine them not scoring well since the OAA is similar each year. I would like to see the results of a national test. Students that do not score advanced or excelleratex are not able to attend dances etc. and other students know their test results. Many students have lost confidence with the "if you're not first you're last" school motto- even getting pressure from the principal to leave. My student is high performing and I don't want him to have this much pressure so young (and how to treat others). We are sad to leave but there is more to life than winning.

  • (1 year ago)

    looking for advantages for negro male youths to better their education so they may helphe youths growing up after them

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is awesome my son attended this school since 2007 and now he's in 5th grade. From kindergarten to 5th grade he's been doing a fantastic job academically and socially and i believe it's because of the staff and principal (Mr. Carr). They get the students involved in their learning and have them participate in their own development; because of CPA's no non sense attitude i don't have to force my son to do homework or attend school. He gets mad at me whenever i am late getting him there and make sure he gets his homework done before he gets home in the aftercare program. I really enjoy my child attending this school and i hope they get a high school. My only grip is that they should really expand the second language curriculum(Spanish) i am not satisfied with what's provided right now.

  • (2 years ago)

    We love CPA! Such a great environment. My daughter is excelling here. I think that the Principal & staff have exceeded my expectations. She had a wonderful teacher in kindergarten & has a just as wonderful teacher in 1st grade. Keep it up CPA!

  • (2 years ago)

    My child had been at CPA for 7 years it was a little rocky in the beginning going through several Principals before Mr. Carr took over. There are some really great teachers at CPA very involved and teaching using methods that keep the children s attention. There are a few negatives the school really needs a library the afterschool program is a nightmare very unorganized Mr. Carr has done some great things i.e. Blitz but his main focus is OAA test scores he is not very receptive to outside input and his attitude of if you don't like it feel free to find another school is very inappropriate. As a parent I never felt welcome to drop in and check on my child I was made to feel like I only needed to be available if there was a problem. It is a good school but I wouldn t call it great.

  • (2 years ago)

    Update you system GreatSchools! ) CPA scored 112 on the Performance Index and was picked as Mosaica School of the Year again for the 2011-2012 school year!!! We are shooting for a perfect 120 this year and I bet they'll get it! (last year the' goal was 107 - a five point improvement over the previous year and they blew past 107 to score the 112!) Yes as its been addressed expanded extra curriculars would be great and I am confidant they are on the way but the staff has made HUGE progress to turn this school around in a very short time span.

  • (2 years ago)

    First the positive My child loves this school. The teachers are enthusiastic there is a great atmosphere of school spirit and most importantly my child is learning. The negative The school needs a library! The playground is in need of an upgrade. I have been disappointed in the afterschool program. The head teacher is allowed to have her non school aged son there and the staff and children spend way too much time babysitting him. She is a nice woman but not as professional and organized as the school needs. This school is receiving a lot of attention and as more parents seeking a quality education send their kids here they are going to expect better.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have 2 children attending "CPA" currently. Our oldest has been there for 4 years from Kindergarten. I personally believe this is one of the best schools in all of Columbus if not Ohio. The Principal is excellent Teachers are caring and the staff is friendly. There is zero tolerance for bullies at this school. They are currently looking to expand to include a high school. The Paragon curriculum is a unique teaching/learning method. I remember when i sat in on a class to see if this was the school we wanted to send our children to. I thought to myself "this is how i wish I WAS TAUGHT as a child!". "The Blitz" is also unique to CPA it's a fun and exciting way to get the students ready for the year-end state tests. They play games and have competitions in-between the different grades/classes for prizes. It keeps the kids focused on their goals. There are a few negatives though. There are not currently very many after-school sports for the kids to play (i think soccer and basketball are it). The active PTO is pretty small. And Pick-up/Drop-off is A NIGHTMARE! There's only one road in/out without a traffic light. The lines can be LONG and there is inadequate parking.

  • (2 years ago)

    Thinking of enrolling my child and was curious to see if CPA offered any sports?

  • (3 years ago)

    The verdict is still out on this school for me but midway through the year I am not too impressed. There is no library no phys-ed in the winter or recess for my child to find books or blow off steam from the extended hours. They do 3 "breaks" where the kids can bring in toys to play with. For afternoon pick-up I am always worried because it is chaotic and disorganized. The students just seem to rush the doors and unless I am standing right there they are confused and unsure of what to do. I am always afraid that someone will snatch them up. The Pros doors being locked and needing to ring a buzzer to enter. The numerous amounts of camera's. The uniform concept. I am mildly concerned with my child's statements that the teachers are on the computers all day and they leave the classrooms often. All in all my child is very happy here despite things earlier mentioned. There is an enthusiasm about this school. I just cannot understand why there is not more physical education offered. An 7.5 hour school day and copious homework does not leave time for much exercise or any time for after school activities. I will update my review at the end of the school year.

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