Award Year: 2014

Columbus Preparatory Academy

3330 Chippewa Street
Columbus, OH, 43204-1653

(614) 275-3600

Mr. Chad R Carr, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School, Title I School, Choice School

Columbus Preparatory Academy

School Website

School FaceBook

School YouTube

School Social Media


Columbus Preparatory Academy's mission is to provide students with a content-rich, academically challenging education in a safe, engaging, disciplined environment by using 21st Century technology.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 17%
  • White: 53%
  • Hispanic: 10%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 13%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
CPA students show school pride during lunch.

CPA students show school pride during lunch.

Columbus Preparatory Academy is an "Excellent with Distinction" rated K-8 public charter school in Columbus, Ohio. The school services approximately 700 students from a largely underprivileged area on the west side of Columbus. The school culture embodies a collaborative momentum towards closing the achievement gap. It is the mission of Columbus Preparatory Academy to provide students with a content-rich, academically challenging education in a safe, engaging, disciplined environment.

The elite academic scores of Columbus Preparatory Academy are a direct result of collaboration among dedicated students, parents, teachers, and staff. The Blitz©, created by Principal Chad Carr, has become the driving force for its academic achievement. The Blitz© is a school-wide, motivational initiative that incorporates teamwork, school pride, classroom competitions, academic pep rallies, music, chants, performances and an overall love of learning toward a common goal. Further supporting its mission, Columbus Preparatory Academy offers a myriad of other opportunities geared toward student success with a focus on the whole child. It offers a specialized Paragon© curriculum, free after-school, Saturday school, and summer school tutoring, Title 1 Reading and Math services, a Special Education program, and a comprehensive school counseling program. These initiatives have proven successful in supporting the diverse learning needs and interests of our school community. The students at Columbus Preparatory Academy are living proof that through rigorous coursework, high expectations, and immersion in a positive learning environment with caring, committed professionals, all students can achieve at high levels.