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Overall Niche Grade
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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 school located in Columbus, OH. It has 800 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.
Address
2632 Mcguffey Rd
Columbus, OH 43211
Telephone
(614) 365-6006
Website
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Columbus Alternative High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1190
50 responses
Average ACT
26
178 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$36,947
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$782
National
$949
Median Home Value
$78,281
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
78%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.32 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.32 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 91 responses
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  • Semi-formal
    18%
  • Poetry Out Loud
    14%
  • 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
800
Free or Reduced Lunch
47%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.36 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.36 responses
22%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.36 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,181
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.9%
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.43 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.43 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.43 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
$18,182/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.48 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.48 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.48 responses
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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!
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Columbus Alternative High School had a very competitive atmosphere but binding atmosphere. Every freshman class takes the same humanities course every year, it included both History and English. It was something that brought us together. We all faced the same difficulties and there was power in that. The course was intense, but everyone around you had gone through it. Therefore it gave you perspective. After that your sophomore year you could take AP classes. Then Junior year people went their own ways as it is in college, but on a smaller scale. You chose if you were in Higher Level or Standard Level IB classes according to what you could do, or regular classes. You chose one math, and then one History and one English. For History and English you would not attend everyday, you would have one class Mon/Thurs and the other Tues/Fri. On Wednesdays you would attend an internship of your choosing. This gave student the liberty to explore and get used to a college setting.
The teachers are committed and lots of AP/IB courses are available. The social environment is good- students are friendly and actually care about their classes. In junior and senior year the academic environment can get overwhelming, especially if you are taking IB Diploma. I'd prioritize your mental health if this is what you end up doing. The clubs are cool, but most are student-run and don’t have access to resources. Our chorale is prestigious and has traveled across the country. We don't have sports except for Ultimate Frisbee, but most kids just do sports at other schools. The biggest drawback of CAHS is the quality of our building. We don’t have AC and we've had to take off school because someone fainted due to heatstroke. We also have bats and bathroom stalls designed to fit small children. Despite the old building, CAHS is a great school and I'd attend it if you want a quality education at a public city school. CAHS has flaws but we love her despite it.