The freedom to use innovative approaches allows charter schools like Columbus Preparatory Academy to give students, parents, and teachers the opportunity to maximize student achievement. After dismal academic performance nearly 10 years ago, CPA now proudly bills itself as “Ohio’s Academically Elite Public Community School.” CPA is both a National Blue Ribbon school and has earned the top “Excellent with Distinction” rating on its state report card for the past four years.
As recently highlighted by the Center for Education Reform for National School Choice Week, CPA achieves excellence through “a school culture that embodies a collaborative momentum toward closing the achievement gap... and a school-wide drive toward excellence, where every student feels like a champion.”
Specifically, the school credits its innovative The Blitz© program for its success:The Blitz© is an exciting way to teach students to create, motivate, be a team player, and above all, be responsible for their own success in testing and academics. It is a year-long data tracking tool that customizes each individual student’s learning experience based on strengths and learning opportunities. The Blitz© culminates in the spring with exciting academic celebrations. You can regularly find local celebrities, bands, and entertainers at these “pep rallies,” as well as performances by our talented students and staff. The Blitz© is truly a unique and defining element of who we are.
OCCS applauds CPA for tackling head-on its early challenges -- like inconsistent leadership and teacher turnover -- and doing whatever it takes to help students succeed.