About Us
Columbus Alternative High School
2632 McGuffey Rd
Columbus, OH 43211
Phone: (614) 365-6006
Fax:     (614) 365-6300

CAHS was founded as an alternative school in 1978, CAHS is designed to support highly academic and artistic students. CAHS is rated an overall “A” by the state, and is named by the Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools
Please view the CAHS Fact Sheet to see what is means to be a CAHSmic scholar.
CAHS Academic Success
  • We earned the Central Region Triple Crown Award from the Ohio School Boards Association, the only high school of 300 in the l4-county central region to be honored by Newsweek and US News and World Report and be designated by the Ohio Department of Education as a School of Promise.
  • Silver Medalist ranking by US News and Report for 2010-2012.
  • Selected in 2012 as one Newsweek's Top 25 Transformative High Schools in the nation.
  • Rated a "School of Promise" by the Ohio Department of Education for 5 straight years (2006-2011).
  • Over ninety-five percent of our CAHS graduates will attend college afterward graduation.
  • Our recent graduates earned over 8 million dollars in scholarships.
  • Our recent graduates are attending universities such as Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Howard, Northwestern, Sarah Lawrence, The Ohio State University, and many more.
  • In The Know/Academic League are the 2012 City Champions.
  • CAHS chess teams won fourteen consecutive city championships (1998-2012), and has won twelve state championships (1998-2010).
Academic Links
Please be reminded that all classes at CAHS are considered honors level and students will be expected to take a college level course beginning junior year. We also offer two excellent programs at CAHS to deliver college level coursework, and the possibility to test out and receive college credit for this coursework, to our students. The links below should help students, parents, and prospective students see which program may be best for them.
For all students, whenever possible, students have time for academic assistance built into their school day. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to seek academic support from teachers according to the teachers' identified availability. Staff are available throughout the day, during lunch periods and after school for tutoring and related support. A Directory of Assistance that highlights staff contact information and conference times is provided to students and parents. Additional copies are available in the main office.


CAHS offers a rigorous college-level curriculum, demonstrated by our status as an International Baccalaureate World School as well as offering many different Advanced Placement courses. CAHS was recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of "2012 America's Best High Schools" for it's students' level of achievement and preparation for college. Each course at CAHS is taught at an honors level and the Humanities based curriculum and approach to learning are keys to it's students' success. Every student is expected to take a college level course by the end of their junior year and students are expected to participate in a full day internship experience on Wednesdays throughout their sophomore through senior journey.  College level courses are from one of two excellent programs, the AP and IB programs, and more information on each can be found at the link below.

CAHS juniors and seniors may participate in the International Baccalaureate Programme in one of two ways: taking individual IB courses or becoming a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. More information on the IB Diploma Programme at CAHS can be found at the link below:
The College Board recognized Columbus Alternative High School as one of seven schools in the country for the advancement of higher level math and science for minority students. The Siemens Award was earned for Advanced Placement Scores. The Foreign Language Department maintains standards that earned the program “First in the State” honors in 1989 by the Ohio Foreign Language Association. CAHS operates through a modular schedule, allowing for 52 minute period or 80 minutes blocks depending on the course.
Dress Code
We follow the Superintendent’s Dress Code Policy with clothing that does not detract from the educational atmosphere. For more information, click here.

Homework Information
CAHS students generally will have one to three hours of homework per night. Types of assignments include required readings, outlining, Socratic seminar preparation, individual and group presentation preparation and test and quiz review.
Mission Statement
"Each student is highly educated, prepared for leadership and service, and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community."
Scholarship Award List

University of Toledo Columbus State Community College Findlay Cleveland State University of Akron Wright State University Wittenberg University Ohio University The Ohio State University Otterbein Eastern Kentucky State California Institute of Technology Shawnee State Bradford Culinary Arts College Bowling Green State University University of Chicago University of Cincinnati Columbus College of Art and Design Kent State University University of the South College of Wooster University of Akron Howard University Hampton University Johnson and Wales University Culinary Arts Institute Case Western Reserve University Hocking College Kenturcky State University Southeast Missouri State University Capital University of Cincinnati Stanford Amherst Calvin College Earlham New York University Swarthmore Tennessee State University of Missouri Norfolk State Central State University Arizona State University Loyola University of Dayton Smith College Sarah Lawrence Denison Wittenberg Evergreen State College

Vision Statement

Each student who enters CAHS excels in college level coursework and graduates from CAHS with scholarships; passionate, open-minded and prepared to thrive as a global citizen in college and beyond.

Principal - Darryl Sanders
(614) 365-6006  |   2632 McGuffey Road Columbus, OH 43211
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