Our History, Beliefs & Mission

Our Story

In September, 2002, The Arts and College Preparatory Academy (ACPA) opened its doors to high school students in the Central Ohio community. Since the beginning, ACPA has provided its students with first rate academic instruction, along with many opportunities to engage in artistic expression.

NPR Story: Safe School for All

Our Mission

We have a climate and culture that is based on a trailblazing arts and college prep curriculum in an environment that is safe, inclusive, and progressive.

Our Vision

The vision of ACPA is to sustain a progressive teaching and learning culture that thrives on safety, acceptance, and inclusion, rigorous academics, a commitment to the arts, and college preparedness.

ACPA Believes

All members of The Arts and College Preparatory Academy, in order to demonstrate personal integrity, have adopted the following rights and responsibilities:

Your Rights

  • To be safe
  • To be respected
  • To learn at high levels in both arts and academic programs


The Arts and College Preparatory Academy thrives on the diversity of its members. An atmosphere of respect for all will be maintained at all times. To keep everyone emotionally and physically safe, we have a zero tolerance policy toward discriminatory or threatening language or behavior, as well as drug and alcohol use.

The Arts and College Preparatory Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices or student admissions on the basis of race, ethnicity, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, religion, class, or age.


It is the policy of ACPA to provide an equal education opportunity for all students.


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provide that no individual will be discriminated against on the basis of disability. ACPA offers a variety of special education programs and services to students identified as having a disability defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).