Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Tell me about your program…
A: The Charles School is a five year, early college high school. Our students spend the first two years taking just high school classes in our building. Starting their third year, if they have met all of our requirements they begin taking their first college courses at Ohio Dominican University. By the end of their 5 years, they can graduate with a high school diploma and up to 62 credit hours from Ohio Dominican or an associate’s degree. An additional pathway to Columbus State Community College is also part of our program. TCS students at ODU and CSCC receive support and guidance from both high school teachers and college professors.

Q: Do you have uniforms?
A: No.

Q: Are your teachers certified?
A: Yes. All of our teachers are licensed by the State of Ohio in their academic discipline and many of our teachers hold their Master’s degrees. 

Q: What is your School Day?
A: 8:00AM - 2:45PM (Monday-Friday). Our building opens every morning at 7:30AM and closes at 4:00PM. 

Q: Do you provide busing?
A: If you live in the Columbus Public School district than you are eligible for bussing just like you would be attending any other public school. Once you are enrolled, you will receive a bus application to fill out and return to the school. If you are outside of CPS you will not receive bussing but we can put you in contact with other families from your area if you are interested in carpooling. Please contact the front office to find out more information about carpooling. 

Q: Who is eligible to attend The Charles School?
A: Ohio residents who have completed the 8th grade. 

Q: How do I apply to The Charles School?
A: Fill out an application and return it to the Registrar's Office. Set up an Information Interview time with Gail Collins ([email protected]). Bring a copy of your most recent report card to the information interview. 

Q: Where do I get The Charles School Application?
A: Click Here to get the online application. Please submit applications to The Charles School through mail or fax. The Charles School Fax number is 614-258-8584. Please mail Applications to:

The Charles School 
attn: Gail Collins 
1270 Brentnell Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43219

Q: Why is there an Interview? 
A: We require an interview of every prospective family. We want to get to know each family, making and important first connection. We are a public school, but we are not a typical high school, so we want to explain the program to you more in depth and make sure you understand the expectations.

Q: Can I visit the The Charles School? 
A: We welcome prospective students and families applying to visit our school during the scheduled Enrollment Information Sessions. Click here for upcoming Enrollment Information Sessions.

Q: Will I still be able to apply if I don't attend an Enrollment Information Session? 
A: Yes. You are not required to attend an Enrollment Information Session before scheduling your Information Interview. Please email Gail Collins at [email protected] to set up your Information Interview time.

Q: Do you have a lunch program? 
A: Yes, we have a lunch program; families may apply for free or reduced lunches.

Q: Do you have a breakfast program? 
A: Yes, free breakfast is available to all students every day.

Q: Do you accept students on an IEP? 
A: Yes. We have intervention specialists on staff to work with our IEP students. We would ask that you bring a copy of your students IEP and MFE/ETR to your interview and we will have that reviewed by our intervention specialists to make sure that we have all of the accommodations in place that your student needs.

Q: How can get I get more information on The Charles School if I don’t have a chance to visit the school? 
A: On the website, you can find information about our mission, curriculum, staff, extra- curricular activities, enrollment, essential forms, and much more.

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