While CAHS possesses unique rigor during instruction, we do follow district grading policies.  Parents and students may review the policies on the CCS website here.
Academic Brief

Columbus Alternative High School has 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 to be designated by the Ohio Department of Education as a School of Promise. CAHS academic recognition includes:
  • 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 nintety-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).
  • The CAHS mathematics team annually earns a Merit Award on the American High School Mathematics Exam.
  • Columbus Alternative High School has received a silver medal from U.S. News and World Report magazine as one of the nation's top high schools

Academic Support

Student achievement is a top priority at CAHS. To that end, while upperclassmen participate in internships, Wednesdays are dedicated to providing additional support for ninth grade students. The ninth grade Wedsnesday schedule includes core academic time as well as a period of advisory and two periods of academic assistance.

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 is an International Baccaluareate World School and 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.

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 50 minute period or 77 minutes blocks depending on the course.

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.

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
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