Central Point Preparatory Academy
Serving elementary and middle school students throughout Columbus & Franklin County
K-8 Community School Managed by ACCEL Schools
ACCEL Schools is a high-performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States
Welcome to Central Point Preparatory Academy—Home of the Sentinels! We opened our doors in August 2020 to provide a safe, secure learning environment for K-8 students in the Central Point, Franklinton & Hilltop neighborhoods of Columbus. We have big plans for meeting the needs of the Central Point community by providing a top-performing school of choice and other services to families.
We aim to provide a traditional, classical education with a Fine & Performing Arts focus. We believe that integration Arts instruction into all subject areas enriches the experience of learning and makes instruction memorable and relevant to each student.
We are excited that you are joining us in founding this very special community school. Thank you for choosing Central Point Preparatory Academy!
The Central Point Prep Administrative Team
Mr. Todd A. Coleman, Principal
Mr. Coleman holds a B.S.E/ Secondary Education degree from Central State University. He brings over 15 years of teaching and supervisory experience to CPPA. Mr. Coleman has over 17 years of experience in the field of social services. He worked at Central Point Preparatory Academy as Dean of Students before becoming Principal. Mr. Coleman is passionate about impacting our children’s lives in a positive way and intends to bring that same passion as Principal to CPPA. He believes that building a strong and positive school culture will foster academic and social growth and development. His vision at Central Point Preparatory Academy is to be committed to ensuring that the students have a clear and unimpeded path to learning. During his free time, Mr. Coleman likes to spend time with friends and family, reading, and working out.
Dr. Natalee Long, Superintendent
Dr. Natalee Long joined ACCEL Schools in 2015 with over 15 years of classroom teaching and K-12 school leadership experience. As Senior Vice President of Operations at ACCEL Schools, Dr. Long leads a team of Regional Vice Presidents that oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for over 45 public charter schools. Dr. Long is a licensed Ohio School Superintendent. She earned a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lee University, a M. Ed. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University and a Doctorate in Education in 2020 from The Ohio State University.
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Central Point Preparatory Academy is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by St. Aloysius Orphanage. which provides oversight and enforces academic, fiscal, and legal accountability. We are managed by ACCEL Schools, a high performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States.
Community Schools (Charter Schools) offer families an alternative to the local public school. Community schools are tuition-free, open to all students in the county, and focused on meeting student needs for success. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation. Read more about charter schools.
Founded in 2014, ACCEL Schools is a K-12 public charter school management organization (CMO) serving students across the United States in brick-and-mortar, virtual, and hybrid school settings. We focus on improving academic outcomes of students regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic factors. The leadership team at ACCEL Schools has a combined 1000+ years of experience as global school management operators with expertise in curriculum research and design, assessment, student support services, and education consulting. Our entire team fundamentally believes that all children deserve a great education and students should be supported as they pursue a wide variety of post-secondary options. Our robust technology increases engagement, access to resources, efficiencies, and academic results helping our students become productive global citizens.