Columbus Foundation Awards 375K to Charter School
Would you believe that one of the highest performing public middle schools in Franklin county is a charter school?
Columbus Collegiate Academy has two middle school campuses. It serves a population that is 95% economically disadvantaged; 18% of its students qualify for special education services, and 80% of its students are identified as being “of color” on its website.
And last week the board at the Columbus Foundation approved a $375,809 award to use for the schools’ mission advancement and facilities improvement. The school’s data gives a good reason to support that grant. It says that fifty percent of its entering sixth graders start three or more years behind grade level. By seventh grade, those students are outperforming students across the state in math and reading on the Ohio Achievement Assessments.
The funding from the foundation helped the schools secure an additional $800,000 from the Walton Family Foundation for further expansion. The United Schools Network is the proper name of the umbrella organization formed by Columbus Collegiate Academies, and this fall, the network will branch into elementary education, enrolling 120 new kindergarten and first grade students.
Like all public schools, enrollment is free.
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