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Dropout Prevention & Alternatives

Columbus Virtual Credit Advancement Program (VCAP)

Columbus City Schools offers online courses through the Virtual Credit Advancement Program (VCAP). High school course offerings taught by certificated teachers are available to students, grades 9-12, who wish to earn credit toward graduation by an alternative means. Eligible students must live in the district and be 21 or younger but not earned enough credits to graduate.
364 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 365-5485
ccsoh.us

Communities in Schools of Central Ohio

Helps kids in Columbus and Whitehall City Schools stay in school and graduate through a variety of programs including peer mentoring, health resources and after school learning.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 268-2472, ext. 20
ciskids.org

Fugees Academy Columbus

Provides refugee youth ages 11 and up education, year-round soccer programming, after-school tutoring, academic enrichment summer camp, leadership training and other resources and support to empower them to succeed in academics, soccer, and to positively impact their wider communities. Tuition is free and they offer free lunch.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
1450 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 547-2176
fugeesfamily.org

IMPACT Community Action

Provide income-based case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs. Most of the programs are for Franklin County residents living at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level.

  • Emergency assistance services: household items, burial support, rent/mortgage, transportation, water and energy (HEAP) assistance, food giveaways during the summer
  • Empowerment services: computer classes, financial services, re-entry program, programs for foster youth and youth, ages 14-24 not enrolled in school and are not employed, workforce development/employment, vocational training and certification, mobile medical unit in partnership with the Breathing Association
  • Energy assistance services: free home repairs through their Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and energy efficient lighting and refrigerator/freezer replacement through their AEP Program

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • General: (614) 252-2799
  • HEAP Assistance & Central Intake: (866) 747-1038
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program & Re-entry Work Readiness: (614) 252-2799
  • HWAP & AEP Program: (614) 453-1603 or (614) 453-1691
  • Rental, Household Item & Water Utility Assistance: (866) 747-1040
  • Mobile Medical Unit: (614) 453-1708
  • Computer Literacy: (614) 453-1616
  • Financial Services: (614) 453-1620
  • Youth Program/AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 453-1659 or (614) 233-2671

impactca.org
AMP website: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/amp

LeaderSpark

With this free program, students in grades 8 to 12 can gain internship and community service hours for their time in the program and working on various community projects. There is also an opportunity for school credit with the new Columbus City Schools Flex Credit program. Students learn to be leaders in school and society.
1336 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 442-7899
leaderspark.org

MCS-TOUCH (Metropolitan Community Services Teaching Opportunity Unity by Connecting Hearts)

This program is for low income youth, ages 17 through 21, who have dropped out of school or have graduated high school and need guidance on what direction to head in, such as military, college, trade school, workforce, etc. The program offers educational workforce development assistance, leadership development training and comprehensive counseling. When necessary, participants may also receive access to housing and clothing assistance. TOUCH is an agency dedicated to helping ex-offenders gain the skills and confidence needed to obtain workforce and educational opportunities.
37 Robinwood Avenue, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 338-8733
mcstouch.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Community/Charter Schools

Charter or community schools are public schools of choice and operate independently of any school district. Any student eligible to attend public school in the state of Ohio is eligible to attend a charter school. The website provides an overview of community schools, community school report cards and a complete school list including a directory of Dropout Recovery and Prevention Schools.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7058
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Community-Schools

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Learning, Earning & Parenting (LEAP)

Helps teen parents or pregnant teens finish school by providing cash assistance. Students must be under the age of 20 and working on earning either their GED or high school diploma.
1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 233-2000
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/cash-assistance
Ohio Law & Rules about LEAP: codes.ohio.gov/oac/5101:1-23-50

Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership (OPEPP)

Helps licensed preschools and child care providers in Ohio with preschool-age children whose behavior poses challenges in the preschool setting, putting them at risk for expulsion. To access on-site consultation services call the number below or complete their online request form.
(844) 678-2227
nationwidechildrens.org/preschool-expulsion-prevention

Reeb Avenue Center

Provides a variety of programs designed to strengthen families on the south side area of Columbus. Their services include adult education and workforce development, early education child care, youth and family services, in collaboration with community partners (Boys & Girls Club, Lutheran Social Services, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, Godman Guild, St. Stephens, Alvis, Amethyst, OSU Extension, Community Development for All People and South Side Roots Café).
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9280
reebavenuecenter.org

The Bonner Academy at Cross Creek (Day Treatment Program)

A collaborative partnership between the Buckeye Ranch and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO). Provides flexible and tailored schooling for middle and high school aged-students who have severe emotional and behavioral difficulties. The goal is to reintegrate the majority of youth back into a traditional school setting. Families can refer themselves or receive a referral from another agency.
2865 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 875-2371 or (614) 542-4106
Buckeye Ranch: buckeyeranch.org/programs/educational-services/day-treatment.html
ESCCO: escco.org/cross-creek

The Bonner Academy at Rosemont

A non-public charter school, provides mixed mental health and educational programming for elementary school students with behavioral and psychological disorders. Individual, group and family therapy are also provided throughout the school day, as well as 24-hour crisis services to support families and youth in managing mental health symptoms and behaviors. The goal is to reintegrate the majority of youth back into a traditional school setting. Families can refer themselves or receive a referral from another agency.
2440 Dawnlight Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 471-2626
buckeyeranch.org/programs/educational-services/day-treatment.html

Ventures Academy

An alternative education program providing a structured and safe learning environment to students in need of social, emotional and behavioral interventions. They work alongside each student’s home district and conduct routine student evaluations. Students must be referred by their local school district to be enrolled.

  • Northern Office
    4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 657-8866
  • Central Office
    2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 445-3750

escco.org/ventures-academy

Wexner Center for the Arts

Offers art classes, workshops and other free programs, while earning high school credit, for teens throughout the year.
The Ohio State University
1871 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6493
wexarts.org/teens

YMCA of Central Ohio

Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.

Full Facility Branches

  • Delaware Community Center YMCA
    1121 South Houk Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 203-3051
  • Don M. and Margaret Hilliker YMCA
    300 Sloan Boulevard, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (937) 592-9622
  • Downtown YMCA
    40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224-1131
  • Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
    130 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 252-3166
  • Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
    555 YMCA Place, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
    (614) 416-9622
  • Grove City YMCA
    3600 Discovery Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 871-9622
  • Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
    4515 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 334-9622
  • Hilltop YMCA
    2879 Valleyview Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 276-8224
  • Jerry L. Garver YMCA
    6767 Refugee Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 834-9622
  • Liberty Township/Powell YMCA
    7798 North Liberty Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
    (614) 839-9622
  • North YMCA
    1640 Sandalwood Place, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 885-4252
  • Pickaway County Family YMCA
    440 Nicholas Drive, Circleville, Ohio 43113
    (740) 477-1661
  • Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA
    7215 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
    (614) 224-1142
  • Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
    3500 First Avenue, Urbancrest, Ohio 43123
    (614) 539-1770

Outdoor/Multipurpose Facilities

  • Community Park YMCA
    402 North Hamilton Road, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 224-1142
  • Delaware Recreation Services
    500 East Lincoln Avenue, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 203-3051
  • Hilltop-Cherry Creek YMCA
    600 Fox Ridge Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 878-7260
  • Hoover YMCA Park
    1570 Rohr Road, Lockbourne, Ohio 43137
    (614) 491-0980
  • Van Buren Shelter
    595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 715-2030
  • YMCA Camp Willson
    2732 County Road 11, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (800) 423-0427

Educare Centers

  • Hilltop Educare Center
    1952 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 752-8877
  • YMCA Early Learning Center
    2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 342-5836

Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)

  • Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)
    1907 Leonard Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43219
    (614) 389-9800

YMCA Administrative Offices: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org