Columbus Preparatory Academy
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3330 Chippewa Street
Coumbus, OH 43204
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CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair
Mr. Marty Ditello
Mr. Ed Porter

Motivate and inspire students to achieve at advanced levels on state-mandated tests and prepare students with twenty-first century skills for a culturally diverse world.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We officially opened our high school with our first ninth grade class where students are on an accelerated academic program in order to graduate in four years with a high school diploma and an associate's degree through the University of Toledo.

  • We launched many new afterschool programs to enrich student learning. Programs such as wrestling, cross-country running, COSI on wheels, and drama club are now offered as a part of our academic enrichment program.

  • We achieved excellence with distinction for the fifth year in a row. This honor is achieved by schools who perform above the state standard on state-mandated tests.


  • We will attain the highest possible academic achievement score, a 120, which is assessed through state-mandated testing.

  • We will create community partnerships to help grow our high school.

  • We will create sustainable activities after school for all grades to enhance and enrich our student's well-being.

Background Statement

Columbus Preparatory Academy (CPA) began serving students from some of Columbus’s most impoverished, disenfranchised neighborhoods in 2004. By 2007, operating under a label of academic emergency, CPA was on the brink of closure. The school was plagued by dangerous student behavior, absentee parents, and uninspired students. A change in leadership led to what is now the highest ranked school in the state of Ohio, and one with a few new labels: Excellent with Distinction for the past five years, National Blue Ribbon School, National Title I School of the Year, and Ohio Department of Education School of Honor. This year, we welcomed our first class of ninth graders. It is the first step in accomplishing our number one goal of allowing our students the opportunity to attend CPA from kindergarten until graduation. Through a partnership with the University of Toledo, our graduates will obtain not only a high school diploma, but also an associate’s degree through accelerated coursework. Both the middle and high school are housed in a building first constructed for the Villa Madonna convent over 50 years ago. Repurposing space has happened slowly and only to fit our immediate needs.



Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff: 45 
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers:
Staff Retention Rate: 98% 


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Strategic Plan No
Additional Organization Information
Government Licenses Child Care/Services
Food Service Operations
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
National Accreditations AdvancEd


Local Governing Board
Board Co-Chair Mr. Marty Ditello,
Board Chair Term 7/2015 -  6/2016  
Board Co-Chair Mr. Ed Porter,
Board Chair Term 7/2015 -  6/2016  
Board Members
Mrs. Erin Addington,  
Mr. Seth Berman,  
Mrs. Brooke Cannoot,  
Mr. Damian Giammarco,  
Mr. Brian Glover,  
Mr. Ousmane Ndao,  
Mrs. Nicole Partee,  
Mr. Samir Sheth,  
Mr. Ben Vause,  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually 11 
Board Meeting Attendance 88% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 55%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 18%
Gender Female 27%
  Male 73%
Race African-American/Black 0%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 9%
  Caucasian 91%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


CPA Athletics

We build our students into great individuals inside and outside of the classroom. We achieve this in part by offering athletic clubs for kids to build bonds with their peers, learn how to act upon the ideals of demonstrating good character, and other lifelong skills. We offer running, wrestling, soccer, volleyball, and basketball. Currently, we have limited space for our teams to practice and grow as athletes. Our goal is to build our programs into certified middle and high school teams where we can travel and compete against other schools.

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CPA Performing Arts

Our performing arts department purchases the royalties to create productions of well-known plays. The creation of sets, costumes, and props helps students to bring the works of famous playwrites to life. This helps students form an appreciation of cultural works and a better understanding of historical time periods while developing a skill set that will help them in a culturally diverse world.  

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STEM Lego Club

STEM Lego Club works on problem-solving skills and teamwork in STEM-based activities. We have two teams and one robot per team.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 07/01/2014 - 06/30/2015
Projected Revenue $5,000,000
Projected Expense $5,000,000
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? Yes

Revenues by Source

  2014   2013   2012  
Total Direct Support $5,120,638  $4,326,613  $5,281,213 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $5,120,638  $4,326,613  $5,281,213 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $129,478  $71,330 
Interest and Dividends
Membership Dues
Special Events
Other $12,032  $10,463 
TOTAL REVENUE $5,120,638  $4,468,123  $5,363,006 

Expense by Type

  2014   2013   2012  
Programs $5,032,481  $4,835,443  $4,340,856 
Administration $610,979  $679,913  $1,505,911 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $5,643,460  $5,515,356  $5,846,767 

Assets and Liabilities

  2014   2013   2012  
Total Assets $551,349  $319,474  $428,188 
Current Assets $244,125  $47,854  $146,007 
Total Liabilities $6,099,527  $5,344,830  $4,406,311 
Current Liabilities $5,256,031  $4,444,086  $4,168,383 
NET ASSETS -$5,548,178  -$5,025,356  -$3,978,123 


TCF Staff:
Mrs. Erin Addington

Over the past three years we have operated in the negative but we have improved every year.  Last year, we started independent fundraisers within the school to help support upgrades and facility enhancements. Our goal is to use all state and federal funding to support only our fixed costs and to use fundraising contributions to support continued enhancement to curriculum.

Documents Form 990 2014 Form 990 2013

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