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Arts & College Preparatory Academy

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $54,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $750.

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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted July 8, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2009

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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2008

Great school, lots of fun activities, students are themselves, small classes so its more hands on hand soo its really good school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2007

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 !
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students97%
Female>=95%
Male93%
Black, non-Hispanic>=95%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female>=95%
Male93%
Black, non-Hispanic>=95%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students94%
Female93%
Male>=95%
Black, non-Hispanic>=95%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled94%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
Black, non-Hispanic>=95%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Writing

All Students99%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
Black, non-Hispanic91%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=95%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabledn/a
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
101 (2011)
 
102 (2010)
 
97 (2009)
 
93 (2008)

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About the tests


Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

No Value-Added data was reported for this school.

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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ACT participation

71%

Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

96%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 74%
Black 26% 16%
Two or more races 10% 4%
Hispanic 6% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 2%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A47%
Female 61%N/A49%
Male 39%N/A51%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Anthony J. Gatto
Fax number
  • (614) 986-9976

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4401 Hilton Corporate Dr
Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: (614) 986-9974

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