Founded as an alternative school in 1978, CAHS is designed to support highly academic and artistic students.  CAHS is rated an overall “A” by the state, and is named by the Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.

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CAHS in the news

At CAHS we aren’t usually happy to hear we’re number 4.  But being ranked as the fourth most challenging high school in Ohio is still pretty good.

The Washington Post has released the “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list.  We are proud to report that we are in 255th place nationwide, we increased both our rank and index score, and CAHS is now listed as the #4 Most Challenging High School in Ohio! GO PEGASUS! This recognition is determined by the number of graduating seniors taking and passing college level AP/IB courses along with consideration about students economic status. Check out the following link for more details:

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Teens for Tolerance Ideas Festival

CAHS will host the Teens for Tolerance Ideas Festival “A Voice for the Voiceless” on Thursday, March 27 from 12:30-2:30p and 5:30-8:00p and Friday, March 28th from 6:00-8:30p. The festival focuses on social issues, often those that impact teenagers. We would like to invite you your and family to attend the event filled with informational and panel sessions to raise awareness of LBGT+ issues, teen suicide and mental health issue, and other issues that are present in teens’ lives. We have so many wonderful speakers lined up including, Mr. Dodrill, our founder of the Teens for Tolerance Festival at CAHS, and our Superintendant, Dr. Good. Here is the agenda we have thus far:


Superintendent Dr. Dan Good will address the students during the Thursday afternoon session. On Thursday evening, Jimmie Beale will deliver the keynote address at 5:30 p.m. On Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., Mr. Davan Dodrill will serve as our keynote speaker. Notable events for Thursday evening include an International Potluck Dinner featuring music by DJ Michael Oettinger. Students are encouraged to bring a dish and wear regalia that represents their ethnicity. Speakers for Thursday will include Jacob Manser, a reresentative from the ACLU, Zakia Sultana, Anisa Liban and Horn of Hope, Buckeye Wheelers Wheelchair Basketball, Josie Wright and Caitlin Knight, Angie Wellman, and Mrs. Johnston (Mr. Johnston’s wife).


Notable events for Friday evening include club bake sales and DJ SRG (Sergio Orozco). Speakers for Friday evening include PFLAG, Kaleidoscope, Jayce Fryman, CAHS Poetry Slam Team, MORPC, Kim Maldonado-Torres, and a performance by Jenny Morgan. We hope to see you there!
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This week at CAHS

Yearbooks now available!

Yearbooks are now on sale. Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors can pick up a purple order form in the office or library. Cost is $40 plus optional personalization. Deadline to order is April 18. See or email Ms. McElwain for more information.

Interested in going on the Humanities trip to Greece in June 2015?

If you are interested in joining the group of CAHS students Ms. Foley will be taking to Greece and England in June 18-29, 2015 be aware the tour fee increases April 1st. You can view the itinerary at: The trip is open to all year groups. Contact Ms. Foley with any questions you may have


Sign up here for next year’s classes…

Scheduling has begun for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades! Counselors have met with each grade level and all schedule requests as well as AP/IB course applications are due by Friday April 4 by 3pm. Students may now start filling out applications by following the appropriate link below

Current Freshmen (Class of 2017): Student website: Color: Blue

Current Sophomores (Class of 2016): Student website: Color: Rose

Current Juniors (Class of 2015): Student website: Color: Gray

Stratford Shakespeare Festival Trip needs 10 more students to make the trip

The Stratford Theater trip is at risk for canceling! We need 10 students to sign up. This is the 26th year our Humanities department will attend the festival. It will take place in September 2014. Any 9, 10, 11 grader is  welcome to sign up. Four hilarious comedies are scheduled for the tour. All you need is $150 deposit by April 1, which will be refunded if the trip is cancelled by the school. The total cost of the trip is $400. Pick up an information packet in the Main office or see Ms. Foley if you have any questions

Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio honours Paola Benefo

The Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio has awarded our CAHS student Paola Benefo a “Beat the Odds” scholarship! She is only one of four Ohio high school students to receive this award. Paula and Ms. Thornburg tell her story in this video

Congratulations Paola, you are a true CAHSmic scholar!

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This week at CAHS

Teens for Tolerance Ideas Festival

The Third “Teens for Tolerance Festival” will be held at CAHS on Thursday and Friday evenings March 27th & 28th 6-8pm. The theme is “Voice for the Voiceless”. Come to school to hear some thought provoking presentations including ones by Dr. Dan Good, Superintendent Columbus City Schools and Dr. Dodrill, former CAHS Vice Principle.

IB Art Show

The annual IB ART SHOW will be held Tuesday March 25th from 6-8pm in the Library. Come take a look… drink coffee and enjoy the wonderful art our hard working students have been busy creating all year.

 Scholarships for CAHS seniors

Two of our seniors are off to Otterbein University next year with full ride scholarships! Sarah Carnes and Koryn Naylor have won two of the top Scholarships at Otterbein University. Sarah won the Battelle Scholar Award and The Presidential Scholarship. Koryn won the ColdIron Full Tuition Scholarship.Congratulations Sarah and Koryn!

 …more awards for seniors

Congratulations to Kayla Byrd & James Masters who were honored at the The Columbus Foundation’s Greater Helping Hands Scholarship Ceremony. They were each awarded with a Laptop and Printer for college!

 Film making opportunities for CAHS students

The WOSU/COSI Media lab came to talk to the CAHS Student Photography Club on Thursday March 20th. They are encouraging CAHS students to use the media lab at COSI to make short films and documentaries. If you missed the meeting contact Ms. Barkerloo for more information at or plan to attend a meeting at COSI. Next one is at April 10 4-7pm.

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AP/IB Applications are Live!

Students may now start filling out the digital application.  The deadline to apply is Friday, April 4, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.  The website addresses are listed below by grade level.

Current Freshmen (Class of 2017):
Student website:
Color:  Blue

Current Sophomores (Class of 2016):
Student website:
Color:  Rose

Current Juniors (Class of 2015):
Student website:
Color:  Gray

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This week at CAHS

CAHS Student recognized by Zonta Club of Columbus
CAHS student Kayla Byrd was one of 12 area students named the Zonta Club of Columbus as an Outstanding Young Woman in Central Ohio for 2014. Kayla was chosen based on her scholastic achievements, leadership and commitment to service in her community and school. The Zonta Club is committed to service and advocacy and advancing the status of women. Kalya was recognized during a reception at the Worthington Hills Country Club, on March 9. Congratulations Kayla! We couldn’t be more proud of you.

Annual CAHS Stratford Theater Festival Trip
Ms. Foley takes a group of CAHS students to the world renowned Stratford Theatre Festival in Stratford Ontario, Canada each September. Booking is now open for next years trip. The trip is open to students from 9th, 10th & 11th grades. A $150 booking deposit is required to secure a place. The total cost for the trip will be $400. You can pick up an information packet about the trip from the Main Office or email Ms. Foley if you have any questions
Check out all the fantastic Shakespeare and other theater at the festival website

The IB Art Show…
will be next week Tuesday April 25th 6-8pm. IB art work will be on display upstairs in the library and there will be more art work from other art classes on show downstairs in the entrance lobby. Come out and be amazed at the quality of our student’s work.

Job Shadowing, Internship Fair & Summer work Information
The second CAHS Freshmen Job Shadow Experience will take place this Wednesday, March 12. Despite calamity days freshmen have been working with their CAHS mentors during advisory to secure a location. Some students are seeking out a new site, some are contacting their January site and returning there on Wednesday 12th.

The First Annual CAHSmic Internship Fair will take place on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 1:30-3:30pm. Freshmen will have exclusive access from 1:30-2:30p and all students are welcome from 2:30-3:30p. Students are encouraged to bring at least five copies of their resumes. Free resume templates can be found by going to and accessing Slide 9 of the Parent Presentation 1/14/14.

The following organizations are participating in this year’s internship fair:
Junior Achievement of Central Ohio BizTown, Alvis’ House, Dress for Success, Sunrise Senior Living, Ohio Craft Museum, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, WCBE (1:30-2:00 only – upperclassmen welcome if they would like to meet with WCBE), National Kidney Foundation, Columbus Literacy Council, Heartland Victorian Village, Neighborhood Pride, COSI, National Church Residences for Senior Health, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Urban League Head Start, Artisan Dance Studio, Urban Arts Space, and the AIDS Resource Center of Central Ohio.

Summer internships and jobs
The Junior Achievement of Central Ohio BizTown are beginning recruitment of 2014-2015 interns. They have placements for up to 14 interns. If your student is interested
in meeting with Mr. Crozier of JA BizTown, please see or email Ms. Smith. Interviews will be conducted at CAHS in the coming weeks.

 The Metro Parks is offering paid internship opportunities this summer to a limited number of candidates. Applications need to be submitted to Mrs. Smith (in room 117) by Friday, March 14th to be considered for this opportunity. Applicants must by 16 years or older by June 9, 2014. Only the first 10 applications from CAHS will be accepted, so make sure to submit your materials early. Applications can be found at or in Mrs. Smith’s office.
Email Ms. Smith for help/questions about internships

There are also some great seasonal, internship and student assistant positions available at the Columbus Zoo, Zoombezi Bay, Safari Golf Club and the Wilds. Many of them are posted on the Zoo website
and will continue to be posted there throughout the next couple months.If you have any questions or would like additional information about seasonal work at the zoo, please contact Jackie Stevens, Human Resources Assistant, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 Riverside Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065-0400, phone # (614) 724-3585, or by email:
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