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3330 Chippewa St
Columbus, OH 43204

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June 02, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
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!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Not even two weeks into the year and already a mock OAA... Maybe the school should consider spending more time educating our children and a little less on test prep. In real life we need to know more than how to fill in the little circles on the OAA. Makes one wonder with the high test score how so many children are held back year after year.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2013
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- submitted by a community member
October 12, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2012
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!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
Thinking of enrolling my child and was curious to see if CPA offered any sports?

- submitted by a community member
January 13, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
I have 3 children in this school and it is AMAZING! My 2nd grader tested in te 96% for the NATION on her ITBS test, and my soon to be 1st grader tested at the middle to end of 2nd grade for reading (while in Kindergarten). Mr. Carr and Ms. Julie are great at communication with the parents, and the teachers are top notch. If you are sick of Public School issues and teachers that don't seem like they care, I would highly reccomend CPA.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2011
CPA is a fantastic school. The teachers really care about the students and it shows by the results. The principal is very visible and willing to talk to parents. I highly recommend this school! They have truly earned their "Excellent" rating!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2011
CPA is amazing! My daughter is entering 1st grade this year and she is thrilled to get back to school. The kindergarten teachers were so involved and always made sure we knew what was going on in class. My daughter will be entering 1st grade already reading at the level of a student half way through 1st grade. The curriculum is miles above any schools in the area. The principal is the most involved principal I have ever come in contact with. His concerns are about our children being safe, intelligent and able to survive in the real world. CPA is an excellent rated school in the state of Ohio.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2011
This school is fantastic! Not only do they have outstanding acadmeic success, but they also offer many extra programs that display students' performance, welcome parents and community members. Each year there are outdoor festivals, a health fair, a large holiday music program, an art and music festival, and many other special activities! This school now offers band in 5th grade..Hilliard has cut this from their programs. Send your kids to CPA!!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
Focused heavily on test prep, challenging academics. The school offers little time for arts, humanities, and fitness. Great for behavior problems; more difficult for well behaved children as the school is skewed for order, discipline and standardized test success.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2010
Our son was in Kindergarten last year and I could not imagine us being much happier with the academic/social progress he made at CPA. We would highly recommend this school under the guidance of Mr Carr, who really sets the bar high for discipline, safety, & teacher/academic quality as he has very high expectations & creates a very competitive learning environment (& makes sure that the children are safe first and foremost). Mrs Hall is a GREAT teacher and I would highly recommend her to any incoming Kindergarten parents (& the things that they did academically at that young an age were amazing too- Spanish, world history, PC's, along with progressing a LOT in the core subjects too by going 5 days a week all day and having an extra long school yr). My son is WAY ahead of friends/family from other schools academically. Thanks CPA!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
My daughter has been going to this school for 4 years now, we couldn't be happier with the school! She began attending a different Charter School that informed us that they "did not have to guarantee" my child's safety. We removed her from that school and enrolled her at CPA the very same day!! Now in the 5th grade she is reading on a 9th grade level! The math she has been doing is the same math that is on the placement tests at many Universities!! Yes, there has been "child drama" as one parent stated, however, it has NEVER affected the Teachers ability to teach or my daughters ability to learn. The "drama" I see and hear about is the same "drama" that goes on at just about every school/playground/neighborhood out there. My family loves CPA!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
My Children been going to this school for a while. They even came from the district. I love this school and so does my kids. The teachers are very involved. We love the blitz and a lot of interaction you don't see in the district around us. Mr. Carr is very strict and very creative. My Children are special needs and they get the best care ever... CPA YOU ROCK!!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
My child has been going to this school for six years. I have had my children in Cols Public, Southwestern and a private school that charged tuition, this school out performs any of the other schools I have been associated with. Mr. Carr is a strong disciplinarian which is unheard of in other schools and is one of the reasons my child attends, that along with the curriculum and the fantastic teachers this school is awesome.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
My son has been in Kindergarten at CPA for the past year. I was a little nervous to send him to a charter school as opposed to a traditional public school or a private school since I have never been to one myself, but I must say I have been completely impressed by CPA! The leadership, quality of teaching and attitudes of the principal, Mr. Carr, as well as the staff is great. They are very dedicated to the success of the kids and have a very good discipline policy. I love the uniforms - the kids look great and it makes it a "no-brainer" for getting ready in the morning. I have friends with kindergarteners in schools around our house and my son is way ahead of them in his academic achievement. He was reading at a first grade level in January! I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
My daughter started Kindergarten this year at CPA. I struggled with whether to send her this year or wait since she only turned 5 in September. But I can honestly say that sending her to CPA was one of the best decisions we made. We love it and so does she. Our school district does not have all day kindergarten and I think alot of kids suffer because of it. CPA has all day kindergarten and the curricculum is one of the best, and the teachers, principle and staff are truly committed to the kids. I can't wait to see what First grade brings.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
This is my son's first year at CPA and I can, honestly, say that I am truly pleased with the curriculum, teachers, and staff. They are, definitely committed and determined to have positive outcomes. The teachers will address any concerns at all times, and I have no complaints. Thanks so much for all you do, and keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
Most of the teachers have their masters, and those that do not....are currently attending school to get their masters. Go check it out, Mr. Carr would be happy to sit down and talk with you about this. Obviously you didn't do any research about this matter before you decided to trash talk here.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
My children have been going to CPA since they opened their doors 4 years ago. The school has improved since then. The only gripe I have is that some of the teachers tell the students 'I don't get paid enough for this' and 'Do your parents get breaks during their day at work, I don't'. Most of the teachers are wonderful and very very involved, but there are the few that spoil the bunch. My children are tired of these comments. All in all, we have been happy with the school and putting the kids first. The free breakfast and lunch this year have really helped the kids and the budget at home. My children will remain enrolled at CPA until the time we move out of the district range.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
My daughter has now been going to CPA for 2 years, and I couldn't be happier. Her cousin goes the Gahanna Schools, and she blows right by him in reading and Math, so she helps tutor him :-). Mr. Carr has been amazing, addressing anything we thought was an issue. CPA is amazing and I hope the High School gets up and running before 2017 so we don't have to go elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
My son is in kindergarten at CPA and is doing fantastic. Initially I enrolled him there because they have all day, every day Kindergarten, but now I think we are going to stay because we are so pleased. The teachers are great, Mr Carr, the principle is firm but effective and has done a great job ensuring my child's safety. My son has learned so much already and I feel he is on his way to academic success because of the education he is receiving at CPA. He is learning Spanish and History in Kindergarten! How wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2009
it is the best school ever! that school has no bullies at all! also i am more motivated to go to school now! i even get up by myself! i am always waiting to go to school! this school is the bomb!

- submitted by a student
August 24, 2009
My son just started Kindergarten a few weeks ago. His teacher has done a fantastic job communicating what is going on in the classroom and partnering with the parents for involvement. The school offers free breakfast and lunch and is very organized. I only enrolled my son for because our district didn't have full day Kindergarten but will likley keep him enrolled for elementry school.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2009
i think they are the best my I might even go to collge early

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2009
I'm very please with this school. This is my son's 3rd year now, and they have came a long way! Mr. Carr has really turned this place around. The teachers are great, I have no complaints there at all. I would love to see more parents active with the PTO. We are currently working on our athletics program, it will be up and running by the fall. Yaayyy!! Sports!! =) Our basketball team went undefeated this year. CONGRATS to the students and also to Ms. Sullivan, the coach. AND, our cheer/dance teams have won 5 national titles (I believe!) so far, these girls are AWESOME!! I seen a comment posted regarding the new playground, they've decided where the the new modular will go, excavation on the kindergarten playground will start real soon! Any updates I get on the school I will try to keep posted on here for any future parents/students.

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- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2008
This school came recommended from a friend of mine as I was greatly concerned about sending my son to Georgian Heights for academic and safety reasons. This school has been outstanding for both my child's learning and development and I will continue to stand behind it. The Paragon program is fantastic, however I hope that the Spanish classes increase in number in upper grades. Keep it up!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 26, 2008
We have been a very active family at this school for almost 4 years. It gets better and better every single year. My daughter has come a long way from being the shy girl she once was and the one on one attention my son has gotten to improve his reading skills is off the chart! We have lived in 2 different school districts and this school is by far better than any district around it! For the parent with the comment about the playground...there has been a playground there since the spring of 2007! They are also trying to install a specific kindergarten playground but must wait until the decision is made on to where to put the new modular addition!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
This school is awesome! Parent-Teacher-Child relationship is wonderful. A good amount of family involvement activities. Principal is an outstanding, professional and compassionate person. My daughter loves him and so do we. He is always surrounded by the students when he enters the room. His introduction to the safe schools project has made our decision to send our daughter here even better. She is a kindergartner, by Thanksgiving she was counting by 5s and 10s. Her accomplishments and growth at this school is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2008
This is my second year teaching at CPA. I love my job and all of my co-workers. As a staff we work together and I believe that this is what sets CPA apart from other schools. We have such a great team and awesome leader. Mr. Carr has turned our school around. The kids love and respect him. Our students are excitied to be in school and a lot of them tell me at the end of the day that they do not want to leave. The kids feel safe and cared for while they are in our building. We are currently building a new gym. This will bring in new extracurricular activities and opportunities for the kids.

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- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2007
This is my son's second year at CPA. I was so impressed with his kindergarten teacher Ms. Taylor and am definitely delighted with his teacher Ms. Johnson this year. He has done nothing but improved in behavior and education. I am pleased that I chose to put him in this school instead of sending him to a public school. I was not too sure about this years principal Mr. Carr...however I understand that he is just trying to displine our children and better our school. I would and have reccommended this school to anyone with children. The teachers are so involved in improving the education of the students. And are quick to help students, if they are concerned or even if the parents are concerned. There is free tutoring offered after school..busing no matter where you live in Franklin County. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2007
My daughters started kindergarten this year. They absolutely love it! I can't say enough about how much they have learned since starting there. I haven't had much contact with the Principal, but he seems as though he is wanting to make a change. I love the curriculum and hope to continue sending my children to CPA. I think that the PTO should look at the duties of their officers and try to come up with a lighter load of duties; working mom's and dad's are already exhausted by their normal jobs that the duties seem overwhelming to me. If I was a stay at home mom, I would join the PTO.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2007
Last year my son did very well at CPA and his teacher was excellent. This year, well lets just say that I am taking my son out of CPA and enrolling him in another school. The teacher that he has this year is not involved with the kids the way that his teacher last year was. She seems to be wrapped up in her own issues rather than leaving her problems at the door and doing the best job she can do for her students. The new principal isn't good either. I am very disappointed in the teacher and the principal this year because my son did so well last year. I would say to look into your child's teachers background before enrolling them. Every situation is different.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
Columbus Preparatory is an awesome school! The teachers at the school all dedicate so much of their time and energy to improve each and every student's abilities. I love working at CPA and would definitely send my own children there!

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September 11, 2007
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September 09, 2007
This school presents a postive, safe, and healthy enviornment for children. My own children will attend CPA.

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Columbus Preparatory Academy
3330 Chippewa St, Columbus, OH  43204
(614) 275-3600
Last modified Columbus Preparatory Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Columbus Preparatory Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews.