May 1st Rising Senior Evening Session

Please join our administrative and school counseling staff on May 1st, from 6:00-7:00 PM at CAHS for an important evening for our families and students in the class of 2019. This session will provide valuable information for all students and families. Information will include specific courses students will need to complete to graduate, graduation planners, summer school information, summer planning, district and college testing information, internship information and an overview of the fall college application timelines.

Columbus City Schools Summer School Program

The district will offer traditional classes for 6 weeks, June 18-July 27, 2018 (no school on July 4). Program hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Traditional classes will be taught in a classroom setting. Classes for the High School Summer School include Anatomy/Physiology, Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, English 9,10,11, and Issues in World Lit 12, Integrated Math 1, 2 and 3, Physical Science, Spanish 1 and Physical Education. Not all courses will be offered at all sites. Check the schedule utilizing the link below.




Important Dates: Rising Senior Class of 2019

May 1st @ 6:00 PM Rising Senior Class Meeting

May 15th Deadline for Student Leadership Team Application

August 16 @ 6:00 PM Senior Mandatory Meeting

Google Classroom for Class of 2019 Code: s22gm47

Camp Architecture High School Design Studio

High School Design Studio focuses on teaching students the fundamentals of design and sketching in order to set a foundation in the fields of architecture, interior design, industrial design, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning. The camp starts June 11 and concludes June 22, 2018.

For additional information

For application information

For Scholarship Information

Stop by the school counseling office for more information

Columbus Alternative High School Program of Studies

Our program of studies guides students and families during high school planning. This includes policies, procedures and a list of courses available at CAHS. Specific course offerings may vary from year to year dependent the number of student requests, certificated staff to teach the course and appropriate space to offer the course with fidelity.

Each year students are provided a rigorous array of courses that prepare them for post-secondary education. Freshmen and Sophomore students take courses to prepare for advanced studies. The Advanced Studies curriculum at CAHS includes various Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses as well as the IB Diploma Programme. Please review this document and reach out to the school counseling staff with any related questions.


Silent Epidemic: Mental Health in Schools

Great resource regarding our 50 million school aged youth in the US


Anxiety-Small Group Counseling Sessions for 9th and 11th grade students

Students who feel they are having difficulty with anxiety have a unique opportunity to participate in small group counseling format. Students will openly and confidentially share their individual experiences and we will identify healthy ways to recognize and address anxiety within our everyday experiences. Please email Dr. Milligan or stop in his office if you would like to participate!

Potential IB Candidates and Advanced Studies

Tonight, at 6:00, CAHS will host an advanced studies night. This is an opportunity for families to learn about IB, AP and CCP opportunities.

On Friday, we will have an open IB information session for current 10th graders during mods 7 and 8. Students may attend to learn valuable information regarding the IB Diploma.

Martin W. Essex School

Greetings from the Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted and Talented!

Summer is right around the corner and we wanted to take a moment and remind you of the upcoming application deadline. If you have students interested in the program, they will want to visit the following application and submit it no later than April 6, 2018. If you have questions about the program, please feel free to view our website at www.otterbein.edu/essex or call at (614) 823-1570

A residential summer program from June 17-23, Essex offers students opportunities for career exploration through a unique program comprised of classes, seminars and workshops on the arts, sciences and humanities. Taking place in multiple venues throughout Otterbein University’s campus, it encourages social interaction and peer discussion, challenging students intellectually and artistically and helping them develop a better understanding of the role of their abilities and talents in society.

CAHS Parent Consultant Update

3/14- Advanced Studies parent meeting- 6:00 pm.

3/15,16 & 17- Spring Musical- Willy Wonka- 7:00 pm.

3/20- 5th Annual Chipotle Fundraiser at 4489 N. High St. in Clintonville - 4:00-8:00pm.

3/20- IB and General Art Show- 6:00-8:00pm.

3/23- Third grading period ends

3/29- Report cards mailed
3/30-4/6- SPRING BREAK

Thank you CAHS parents for attending the Safety Together meeting with Mr. Sanders last Tuesday evening. Some of the information that was shared was

-the safety procedures that were shared with students and staff and commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of students and staff at CAHS.

-in case of an evacuation from CAHS, our students and staff would go to Linden Park Neighborhood Early Childhood Education Center at 1400 Myrtle Ave.

- Encouraged parents to remind their students not to open any school doors for “anyone.”

-social emotional wellness of students, and the importance of monitoring student behavioral changes at home as well as school

Advanced Studies meeting - 3/14 at 6:00 pm.- Dr. Milligan and Ms. Higgins will add some clarity to the process of advanced studies at CAHS. Especially helpful to upcoming 10th and 11th graders and parents. Information related to IB, AP and College Credit Plus opportunities.

Get your tickets for the Spring musical Willy Wonka at www.locallevelevents.com. Enter Columbus Alternative High School and the page for Spring Musical should come up. Choose which day you want a ticket and follow directions. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Make plans to come to the CAHS Art Show on 3/20 at 6:00 pm. See the art work of our IB students and all art students. Pick up some dinner before hand at our Chipotle fundraiser from 4:00-8:00 pm. at the Chipotle in Clintonville- 4489 N. High St.

Mark your calendar for K-12 Summer Opportunities and Engagement Fair- Saturday, April 14th from 9:45-12:00 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43215. See attachment for more information.

Stratford Theatre Festival in Stratford, Ontario Canada- September 19-21. This is CAHS's 38th year of taking students to this festival. See attachments for itinerary and registration. All students are welcome as long as they are on grade level.

Future Women in Business Summit aims to prepare and educate young women about the world of business and introduce attendees to a variety of topics within business while experiencing Ohio State University and Fisher College of Business.
host  two events on the Fisher College of Business campus:

Friday, June 15, 2018 from 8:30am-4:00pm
Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 8:30am-4:00pm
Application Criteria

The 2nd annual event aims to bring a group of diverse and talented young women together. The following young women are encouraged to apply:
Young women living in Ohio
Rising high school seniors with a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA
First-generation college students and/or
Underrepresented minority students

Select the link below to apply

Columbus Alternative High School Scheduling Dates

Friday, March 9th
Information communicated to CAHS families of upcoming scheduling opportunities and dates
Phone Dialer and Email to Parents with links to information students will be receiving in upcoming weeks, important dates and Advanced Studies Evening/CCP on March 14th 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13th
Junior Class Meeting
12:30  in the Auditorium-no adjusted schedule
Wednesday, March 14th
Modified Schedule(reverse side)
Large Group Scheduling Presentations for 9th and 10th grade students
Wednesday, March 14th
Advanced Studies Evening and College Credit Plus Required Meeting
6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Information regarding Advanced Studies at CAHS
6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. CCP Participation Required Meeting
Monday March 19th
Online Scheduling Lab for Cohort 2019
Mods 1/2, 5/6, 7a/7b, 8a/8b, 9/10, 13/14
(11th grade IB English room 114-Jones)
20-28 students - 1 cart
(7a/7b – in room 217, 1 cart)
Tuesday March 20th
Online Scheduling Lab for Cohort 2019
Mods 1/2
(11th grade IB English room 114-Jones)
Thursday March 22nd
Online Scheduling Lab for Cohort 2020
IB Diploma Applications will also be submitted at this time.
Mods 1/2, 4/5, 9/10
(Harris 10th grade Humanities room 217)
50-55 students – 1 cart and lab upstairs
Mods 2/3, 5/6, 10/11
(10th grade AP Liebesman room 112)
21-28 students – 1 cart
Friday March 23rd
Online Scheduling Lab for Cohort 2021
 Mods 1/2, 4/5, 9/10, 12/13
(9th grade Humanities room 128)
51-61 students – 2 carts downstairs

Morning Assembly Schedule for Class Meetings
Internship Wednesdays
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Start Time
End Time

Freshmen Assembly
Sophomore Assembly




Lunch 7
Lunch 8






Martin Seligman Positive Psychology

"Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. It is a call for psychological science and practice to be as concerned with strength as with weakness; as interested in building the best things in life as in repairing the worst; and as concerned with making the lives of normal people fulfilling as with healing pathology"


11th grade students completing the ACT on Tuesday, 2/27

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 ~DOUBLE BUS RUN~

All juniors will report to school on the first bus run (normal schedule) to take the ACT at 7:30am.

Breakfast will be available and attendance taken at 7:30

All freshman, sophomore and senior students will ride on the second bus run 4 hours later.

For example: If your normal pick-up time is 6:45am it will now be 10:45am.

Upon arrival 9-10-12 grade students will have lunch starting at 11:15 and remain in Cafe/Gym until 12:25.

All students will report to their Mod 1 class at 12:30pm

12:30-12:47 Mod 1 (attendance will be taken for grade 9, 10, & 12)

12:50-1:07 Mod 3

1:10-1:27 Mod 5

1:30-1:47 Mod 9

1:50-2:07 Mod 11

2:10-2:30 Mod 13

Good Luck Class of 2019!

Central Ohio Leadership Academy

2018 Central Ohio Leadership Academy – Call for Applications!

Applications for the 2018 Central Ohio Leadership Academy (COLA) occurring July 23-28 are now being accepted. Current Central Ohio High School sophomores and juniors graduating in 2019 or 2020 are invited to apply online through March 30th, 2018.

COLA, the preeminent high school leadership development experience, seeks high-caliber sophomore and junior student leaders from area high schools to be a part of the 2018 COLA cohort. Ideal applicants are those who have demonstrated leadership skills and aspire to make a difference in their schools and community. Students receive professionally facilitated training sessions, enabling our region’s young leaders to achieve greater success today and post-graduation. To learn more about the program and the application process, visit our website at www.coleadershipacademy.org.

Students interested in applying must complete an online application and submit one letter of recommendation by Friday, March 30, 2018 at 11:59pm.

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

What is the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program? We welcome 35-40 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton's campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend the program come from across the country. The program will enter its seventeenth summer in 2018. It will take place from August 3 to August 13.


Cahsmic Internship Experience

Below is information from our Internship Coordinator conveying the four year trend and impact of our program.

Franklin County Psychiatric Crisis Line

For crisis situations that are not life-threatening, mental health and substance abuse crisis services for Franklin County, Ohio, residents are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Youth and adolescents 17 and under should call (614) 722-1800.
Ages 18 and older should call (614) 276-CARE (2273).
For people living outside Franklin County, please call your county’s psychiatric crisis line number.

Youth and families already linked with a behavioral health professional should contact them first or crisis line provided by your health care professional.

Providers and Families: It is recommended you call the crisis line before coming to Nationwide Children’s Emergency Department if possible. The Franklin County Psychiatric Crisis Line is staffed by licensed providers who can help you develop a plan of action and identify needed resources.