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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Columbus Alternative High School is a highly rated, public, magnet, alternative school located in Columbus, OH. It has 815 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.

Columbus Alternative High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1190
56 responses
Average ACT
26
205 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$40,604
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$843
National
$949
Median Home Value
$81,439
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
76%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.33 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.33 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 92 responses
  • Semi-formal
    17%
  • Poetry Out Loud
    15%
  • Alumni Basket Ball Game
    13%
  • Senior Breakfast
    12%
  • Cupcake Day
    10%
  • Prom
    10%
  • Student Olympics
    9%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
815
Free or Reduced Lunch
97%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.37 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.37 responses
22%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.37 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,236
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.9%
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.44 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.44 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.44 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$20,208/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.49 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.49 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.49 responses
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Columbus Alternative High School (CAHS) changed my life forever. I entered CAHS in 2013 as a intercity student who never saw to much of a future for myself. Although, by the time I graduated CAHS in 2017 I expected nothing less than excellence from myself. They offer AP and IB classes to their students for free which allowed me to earn college credits right at my own high school. CAHS was constantly taking into consideration that there are students from all over the district and teaching on a very personalized basis. The teachers and administrators put learning first and do everything they can to help you achieve your goals including college application workshops. I have nothing negative to say about CAHS besides they need a new building because the current one is very old. Oh, and no sports! Unless you play ultimate frisbee!
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Columbus Alternative High School (CAHS) is very diverse in its student body. This allows students from all backgrounds to safely and effectively intermingle, without feeling judged. CAHS is very rigorous when it comes to academics and this is partly due to the fact that it has excellent teachers and staff who really care. Some people might consider this a downside but CAHS does not have any sports. However, students have the opportunity to participate in sports at their home schools. CAHS is the only school in its district that offers International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and this is due to the fact that students have the drive to pursue intricate leveled courses. I am a student at CAHS, pursuing the full IB Diploma program. I had some rough times but I feel like that is to be expected. However, I have created memories that will last for a lifetime and lessons to get me through anything. I am a CAHSmic scholar and I say it loud and proud!
I really like being at this school because it offers so many different programs and electives. At Cahs, you get to work on your skills and grow as a scholar, you always get to do interniship your junior and senior year. Cahs offers AP and IB courses, along with being able to go to Fort Hayes Career Center and Downtown Highschool. Those two schools hone in on different careers that you may want, whether it be nursing, teaching, carpentry, dancing, graphic designing, etc. The only thing that should change with Cahs is the school building because its really old.