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Dropout Prevention & Alternatives

Alvis House Community Reentry Program

Participants develop skills and access resources that will result in a successful transition to the community from the prison or parole system. Services include education, life skills, career training and case management.
2100 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-0660 or (614) 223-1499

Bridgescape Learning Academies

Provides students ages 14-21 who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of school, with a free alternative path to earn a high school diploma in an environment that fits their schedule, life circumstances and learning needs. Our student-focused program provides an opportunity to earn a high school diploma at a pace suitable to their schedule, lifestyle and learning needs. Students experience an abbreviated, flexible school day and maximize online learning to focus on required courses and subjects that align with their specific areas of interest. A custom curriculum, individualized support and counseling give students a complete road map for success.

  • Road to Success Academy
    3377 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 229-2194
  • Capital High School
    640 Harrisburg Pike, Columbus, Ohio  43223
    (614) 229-2194

Buckeye Ranch

The Bonner Academy at Cross Creek School (Day Treatment Program) helps youth who are struggling in traditional school settings. Students have the ability to transition to their home school districts with clinical support and services. The Buckeye Ranch also supports Alum Crest High School in Columbus Public Schools with case management and counseling services. Students with emotional disturbances are placed at Alum Crest by Columbus Public Schools.
2865 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 384-8000 or (614) 384-7798

Columbus Learning Cooperative

The Columbus Learning Cooperative is a holistic alternative to the traditional school environment. Participants (ages 10 to 18 years old) register as home school students and then meet with our mentors to determine their unique education plan, with no high-stakes testing, no standardized curriculum, integrated age levels and a flexible schedule. They work with students in the self-directed learning model.
731 E Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 943-3252

Columbus Virtual Credit Advancement Program (VCAP)

Columbus City Schools offers online courses through the Columbus Virtual Credit Advancement Program (VCAP). Eligible students must live in the district and be 21 or younger but not earned enough credits to graduate. This program provides a list of area locations where computer access for coursework is provided.
364 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 365-5727

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. 11

Delaware Area Career Center (DACC)

Offers programs for both high school students and adults to improve skills so they can be better prepared to enter the workforce and advance within the workforce. Works with the community to increase critical thinking, create leaders and learners.
North Campus: 1610 State Route 521, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-1993
South Campus: 4565 Columbus Pike,  Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 548-0708

Directions for Youth & Families Crittenton Community School

A tuition-free charter school for students in grades 6 to 9 who run the risk of failing or dropping out. Students work through their difficulties with one-on-one teaching time, using alternative learning methods individualized to each student. Families can refer their student, or they may be referred by an outside source. Parents can request more information by filling out the online inquiry form.
1418 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 372-2401

Dreams on Horseback

Offers programs to students who are at-risk of not graduating to learn employment skills and earn science and work study credits while caring for horses.  They also provide Equestrine Assisted Learning (EAL), which uses horses to help youth practice executive functioning skills, sensory integration, improve coordination, communication skills and self-esteem.
1416 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, Blacklick, Ohio 43004
(614) 864-9500

Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT)

ECOT is a tuition-free online public school serving all of Ohio. This e-school serves grades K through 12.
3700 S. High Street, Columbus, OH 43207
(888) 326-8395

Focus Learning Academy

This is a free public school at 3 locations in Columbus. It offers Columbus area students an alternative to earning their high school diploma, by combining high school academics with a vocational curriculum. Most of the coursework is done online, and students are able to have a flexible schedule to accomodate work schedules.
4480 Refugee Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 322-7990

IMPACT Community Action

Provide case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs for a diverse group of people.

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps households prevent energy service disruptions, restore disconnected services, and/or secure seasonal heating and cooling energy needs.
  • The Winter Crisis Program (WCP) serves income-eligible households in Franklin County by providing a one-time payment toward a utility bill if service is in threat of disconnection, is terminated, is new service, or if the service is being transferred.
  • The Emergency Assistance Program provides financial and material support on behalf of customers in crisis situations, including homelessness prevention, home furnishings, and critical transportation needs.
  • Fresh Produce Giveaway Program
  • The HEAP Summer Crisis Program (SCP) provides electric utility assistance and/or free air conditioners and/or fans to income-eligible households Franklin County.
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program provides a five-week training to help dislocated and disadvantaged workers secure and maintain employment.
  • The REACH Program is for ages 16 to 24, who currently are not enrolled in school and are not employed. The program consists of a 10-Week Bootcamp, which will offer program participants paid work experiences, career-specific certifications, work readiness training, computer literacy, financial literacy, life skills and employability coaching.
  • Re-Entry Work Readiness Program teaches critical skills and techniques to ex-offenders who are within one year of release from incarceration.

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-2799
HEAP: (866) 747-1038
Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1040

KIPP Columbus

A free, open-enrollment public school serving students (including children with special needs) in grades 5 through 8 in the city of Columbus. All students develop the intellectual, academic, and social skills needed to understand and take action on issues they encounter in everyday life.
2900 Inspire, Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 263-6137


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

Life Skills

Offers a second chance to students ages 16 to 21 who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of the traditional high school setting. There are several locations in Columbus, and tuition is free.
2400 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 821-2419 or (614) 863-9175

Mason Run High School

A tuition-free charter school that allows youth ages 16 to 21 to receive their high school diploma through self- paced courses; which allows them to earn their credits faster. Students choose when they go to school and which courses to work on each day. Free breakfast and lunch to all students as well as bus passes to help them get to and from school. They also offer OGT testing, credit recovery and school counseling services.
923 South James Road, Columbus, Ohio  43227
(614) 362-7540

Metro STEM High School

The Metro High School offers a curriculum focused on math, science and technology and prepares Central Ohio students for college.
1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-2276

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

Helps teen parents or pregnant teens finish school by providing cash assistance. Students must be under 18 and working on earning either their GED or high school diploma.
1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 233-2000

The Buckeye Ranch’s Rosemont School

Provides schooling for students who have severe emotional and behavioral difficulties. The goal is to reintegrate the majority of youth back into a traditional school setting. However, males ages 16 to 18 who are unable to return to a traditional school setting can get help in preparing for the GED. Families can refer themselves or receive a referral from another agency.
2440 Dawnlight Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 471-2626

TOUCH (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.  Visit their website or call directly for eligibility and additional information.
37 Robinwood Avenue, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 338-8733

YMCA Positive Alternative Learning for Students (PALS)

Students in grades 6 to 12 who are on suspension from school are referred to PALS by public school systems, juvenile courts, human services organizations and parents. Students are held accountable for their actions by participating in educational programming and behavior modification sessions. Contact the Downtown YMCA location for the locations offering PALS.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1142

Youth Build Columbus Community School

A dropout recovery high school serving youth ages 17 to 21 who are in need of a high school diploma and want to learn a skilled trade.
1183 Essex Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 291-0805