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!
Dr. Chris Geisler
Dr. Christopher Geisler, Principal
Dr. Chris Geisler joined Central Point Preparatory Academy as founding principal in 2020 with over 15 years of experience as a public, charter, and private K-12 educator and school administrator. Prior to joining ACCEL Schools, he worked as Principal at Renaissance Academy and as Department Head, Director & Teacher at Marburn Academy. Dr. Geisler also taught and directed music and vocal studies for Groveport-Madison School District. Dr. Geisler holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose, two Master’s degrees in School Leadership from Concordia University and Music Education from Capital University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. Dr. Geisler additionally holds multiple certifications and licensures including State of Ohio Principal License, Teaching License, OTES Evaluator, and more.
Dr. Salim Ucan, Regional Vice President
Dr. Salim Ucan joined ACCEL Schools in 2021 with over 20 years of experience as a K-12 teacher, principal, leadership coach, and charter school network administrator. Prior to ACCEL Schools, he was the founding principal of Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA), one of the highest performing charter schools in Illinois, and after five years was promoted to Vice President of Concept Schools, a Chicago-based public charter school network. During this time, Dr. Ucan led the openings of 12 charter schools throughout the Midwest. He also served as spokesperson of the network and was involved in projects relating to community engagement, professional development, crisis management, public relations, and communications. Dr. Ucan holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology Education from Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey, a master’s degree in School Leadership from Central Michigan University, and a PhD in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University. Dr. Ucan additionally serves as adjunct faculty at Franklin 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.