Students enrolled 685
Hours no info
School leader Sharee N. Wells
Transportation options Yes
District Columbus City School District

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2632 McGuffey Rd
Columbus, OH 43211

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5 stars
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November 25, 2013
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.

- submitted by a student
August 24, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2012
I go to CAHS, it has swagg, and I love it sooooo much. All day everyday. Ms.R is the best.

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2011
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.

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2010
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.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 01, 2010
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

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
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.

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September 06, 2009
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no rating October 14, 2008
My daughter is a freshman. CAHS is providing her with a very challenging education. I do wish the music program was stronger, though.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2008
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.

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January 09, 2008
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June 08, 2007
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May 24, 2007
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May 01, 2007
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February 07, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 13, 2006
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.

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May 22, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
February 09, 2006
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2006
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.

- submitted by a student
December 09, 2005
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!

- submitted by a former student
November 05, 2005
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2005
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.

- submitted by a student
July 16, 2004
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2004
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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March 11, 2004
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Columbus Alternative High School
2632 McGuffey Rd, Columbus, OH  43211
(614) 365-6006
Last modified Columbus Alternative High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Columbus Alternative High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 30 reviews.