Columbus Preparatory Academy Named 2014 National Blue Ribbon School
Columbus Preparatory Academy, an Ohio charter school managed by Mosaica Education, is recognized as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School
September 30, 2014; Atlanta, GA—In an official announcement today by the U.S. Department of Education, Columbus Preparatory Academy was honored as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. Columbus Preparatory Academy, a public charter school managed by Mosaica Education, was specifically recognized in the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools. As stated on the National Blue Ribbon School website, “The students at Columbus Preparatory Academy are living proof that through rigorous coursework, high expectations, and immersion in a positive learning environment with caring, committed professionals, all students can achieve at high levels.” The school serves a diverse population of Kindergarten through 8th grade students in Columbus, Ohio.
Columbus Preparatory Academy joined a group of 337 total schools recognized as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools today by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. These schools were selected based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, according to the U.S. Department of Education official press release.
“These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education—that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments,” Secretary Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”
Columbus Preparatory Academy was specifically honored in the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools, which recognizes the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normalized tests. Columbus Preparatory Academy recently secured its place as the highest performing school district in the state of Ohio with its outstanding results on the 2014 Ohio Achievement Assessments (PI of 115.5).
At Columbus Preparatory Academy, The Blitz©, created by Principal Chad Carr, has become the driving force for academic achievement. As reported by the National Blue Ribbon School website, “The Blitz© is a school-wide, motivational initiative that incorporates teamwork, school pride, classroom competitions, academic pep rallies, music, chants, performances and an overall love of learning toward a common goal. Further supporting its mission, Columbus Preparatory Academy offers a myriad of other opportunities geared toward student success with a focus on the whole child. It offers a specialized Paragon™ curriculum, free after-school, Saturday school, and summer school tutoring, Title 1 Reading and Math services, a Special Education program, and a comprehensive school counseling program.
Columbus Preparatory Academy, along with all 337 National Blue Ribbon Schools, will be honored at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C. These 337 schools will join the total 7,900 American schools that have been recognized in the 32-year history of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
About Mosaica Education
Mosaica Education is a leading global education organization that manages K-12 schools and provides educational services around the world. Originally founded (in 1997) as a charter school management organization, today Mosaica Education is the only US-based education organization serving preschool through high school students in public, private, charter and online education settings, in the United States and globally, that has also developed award-winning curriculum. Mosaica Education currently manages over 100 preschool, elementary, junior high and high school programs across the United States, United Kingdom, India and Mexico, and serves approximately 25,000 students.