Thrive Creatively

ACPA is dedicated to empowering its students with an arts and college preparatory education in an environment of safety and inclusion.

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We are inclusive trailblazers, leaders in our passion for creativity

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For Parents

Resources & Notices to keep you informed & connected.

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Performances, Events, Academic Schedules

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Welcome to

Honest. Inclusive. Creative. Rigorous.

The Arts & College Preparatory Academy (ACPA) is a comprehensive public community high school in Columbus. Our mission—our passion—is to actively maintain a climate and culture that is based on a trailblazing arts and college prep curriculum in an environment that is safe, inclusive, and progressive for all our students and staff.

ACPA provides a tuition-free college preparatory education to approximately 400 9th-12th graders representing more than twenty different districts in Central Ohio. ACPA proudly welcomes students from all socio-economic, racial, and religious backgrounds, and of all genders and sexual orientations.

ACPA provides an arts-focused curriculum and believes in active civic engagement to make a positive contribution to the greater community. Combined, these principles encourage student investment in their own education. ACPA teachers serve varied learning styles and foster creative problem solving skills essential to student achievement and effective communication.

News & Events

Audition Week Fall 2019

Audition Week

Try-outs for ACPA's auditioned based groups will be held the week of September 3rd
First Day of School

First Day of School

All students report back to ACPA on August 28th. We are so excited to see everyone!
Chalkfest 2019

Come to Chalkfest!

ACPA is proud to host the third annual ChalkFest on October 5th, 2019
ACPA About Testimonials

New Student High School Orientation Nights

High School Students A-K Wednesday August 21st. High School Students L-Z August 22nd. 6-8pm

Rigorous curriculum

Our academic programs are demand a commitment from our students. We believe in challenging our students with a robust college preparatory academic program that prepares our students for college.

Our students graduate feeling empowered and self-assured that they will succeed in their next endeavor.

ACPA has been the highest academically performing charter high school in Ohio for seven years in a row.

A donation of any size helps ACPA offset the costs associated with continuing to achieve high academic excellence.

Arts & College Dance Program

The dance program at ACPA was like a gateway for me to find my personal style and creativity. No pressure, no forcefulness, just a helping hand in opening myself up to what I never knew I was capable of.


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I have never been judged ever for anything I've said or done. Nearly every opinion and idea is accepted and/or tolerated. Plus, whenever I'm feeling down or just not up to it, I have people emotionally supporting me and making sure my day is much better than before.


Although some of the teachers and students may not always understand what others are experiencing, they are always willing to learn.


I just wanted to express my feelings during an ACPA visit I had with my children, Taylor and Tyne. GG Howard was kind enough to set up a shadowing experience for them on that day. It was an absolutely astounding day!






Visual Art

Visual Art

Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music

Vocal Music

Vocal Music



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Contact Us


4401 Hilton Corporate Dr
Columbus, OH 43232

Phone & Fax

P: (614) 986.9974
F: (614) 986-9976