With little fanfare, Columbus Preparatory Academy regularly appears near the top of the charts when it comes to state test scores. In 2018-19, for example, its performance index score ranked twelfth out of 3,225 Ohio public schools.
In our latest Pathway to Success profile, author Lyman Millard of the Bloomwell Group offers some hints about the secret sauce of this Columbus-based public charter school. It all starts with a culture of high expectations, but it also includes some unique twists including a two-month initiative known as “The Blitz” (you’ll have to read the report to find out more).
To some, such a laser-like focus on academics might sound a little too intense. But it’s clear from this profile that the school’s educators have bought in—and just as importantly, students seem to embrace the challenge, too. As one student remarks, “They saw potential in me that I didn’t see in myself and really pushed me to do my absolute best.”
For the 800-plus students attending Columbus Preparatory Academy, their school is raising the bar on academic rigor.