COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Columbus Preparatory Academy (CPA), a K-10 Charter School located in Columbus, OH, ranked No. 1 in the state for academic performance in the recently released state report cards. Its score of 116.34 is close to double the state average. On the K-3 literacy assessment, 100% of CPA's students scored proficient, with most students earning an accelerated or advanced score. CPA's third-grade math and reading scores were exceptionally high, with students scoring a perfect 120 in math and a 115.3 in reading.
This stellar academic performance continues CPA's record of bringing a world-class education to a diverse student body located in an economically disadvantaged Columbus neighborhood. CPA's Performance Index score has now led the state for five straight years, and CPA is now the only school in Ohio to score an "A" in performance during this stretch. CPA's academic excellence has earned it more than 20 state and national awards, including National Title I School of the Year, National Blue Ribbon School, and the Ohio Department of Education's School of Honor distinction.
"We expect excellence from our students, our teachers and our staff. Every year, our goal is to lead the state in academic achievement," says CPA's Principal and ACCEL Senior Vice-President Chad Carr. "Of course, setting high expectations is not enough. At CPA, we have developed a proven educational approach that incorporates individualized learning to ensure every single one of our students is learning," Carr continued, "our secret is that we support teachers and value the job that they do. We allow them the ability to do what they do best -- teach. The teachers' hard work and determination along with great students has allowed CPA to accomplish its goals."
CPA is managed by ACCEL Schools, which operates more than 25 charter schools in Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, and Colorado. ACCEL specializes in bringing better educational options to neighborhoods around the country by turning around low-performing schools and continuously improving the academic performance of high-performing ones.
"CPA is the gold standard for academic performance in the state of Ohio. It shows that great teachers, along with a supportive leader, a culture of high expectations and the support of a committed charter school management organization, can deliver an extraordinary education to economically diverse neighborhoods that not only matches that of more affluent areas, but exceeds it," says ACCEL CEO Ron Packard. "By being part of the ACCEL network, we are taking the proven approaches from CPA and our other high-performing schools such as the Cleveland Academy for Social Sciences and the Arts (CASSA) to schools across the country."
Given the CPA'S remarkable track record, there is currently a waitlist for enrollment. CPA now draws students from not just Columbus, but from the neighboring suburbs as well.
About ACCEL Schools
ACCEL Schools operates 24 charter schools in Ohio, as well as schools in Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan and Colorado. ACCEL transforms education and brings new opportunities to students and families of all backgrounds. We partner with communities across the country to create safe and supportive learning environments where all students can grow socially and academically. At ACCEL Schools, students benefit from a comprehensive set of proven educational practices personalized to their unique needs.
Related VIDEO with Ron Packard: https://youtu.be/bv40jhl-dbM
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SOURCE ACCEL Schools