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
Dr. Justen V. Seay, Sr., Principal
Dr. Justen V. Seay, Sr. is a career educator with 15 years of experience in K-12 music education and school leadership and administration. He received his BA in Music Education and MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, MA in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, and his Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership from Walden University. His research interests include arts education, improving student achievement of at-risk students, parent involvement, and transformational leadership. He is the president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Beta Xi Sigma Greater Dayton Alumni Chapter, Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity, and Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society. His ultimate goal is to prepare the next generation of leaders to impact the nation and the world.
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.
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.