Free program for income-eligible Columbus City high school students. Accepted students can access year-round tutoring, test prep, career development services, and more. The Summer Institute is a 6-week program that includes coursework, career day, college visits, and the opportunity to take actual college courses at OSU for college credit. First-generation and/or eligible 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools are highly encouraged to apply.
Technical career center offering career readiness for school-aged kids, summer camp, and unique electives for high school students such as welding, computer programming, cosmetology, and more. They offer a GED program and classes for adults, such as Microsoft 365, ESOL, and Firefighting. They also offer Disabilities Support for individuals with disabilities under 22 years old.
4565 Columbus Pike, Delaware, Ohio 43015
Serves: Preschoolers and Students ages 18-22 with special needs who have deferred their high school diploma.
The ESC offers multiple programs on the campuses at Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University to create individualized transition plans for students and help them meet their career and lifestyle goals. Each program includes help with activities of daily living, hands-on experience at multiple work sites, on-campus, and in the community. They also host an Early Learning Peer Model Program with small group instruction for preschool-aged children. Find program details and application instructions online.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Ohio State University mentoring program between college parenting students and Columbus area high school and young adult moms who are parenting or pregnant. They offer one-on-one mentoring, college prep workshops, and monthly gift cards for participants that complete all program criteria. They accept applications into the fall for the school year.
84 North Seventeenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
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.
Fort Hayes Campus, 546 Jack Gibbs Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Helps kids in Columbus and Whitehall City Schools stay in school and graduate through a variety of programs including peer mentoring, tutoring, health resources, college and career readiness. They are an in-school program, so contact your school administrator to see if Communities in Schools offers supportive services for your child.
6500 Busch Boulevard, Suite 105, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Offers tuition-free programs for high school juniors and seniors in Franklin, Fairfield, and Pickaway counties with programs like automotive, cosmetology, graphic design, pre-nursing and more. Programs for adults include GED, ESOL, STNA, Welding, HVAC, and help finding a job. They offer a free summer camp for students grades 6-8 to explore career options. The Employability Prep program for students ages 16-21 with learning differences offers hands-on job experience and soft skills training.
Non-profit network of schools dedicated to educating refugee students and English learners. Their academies provide refugee youth ages 11 and up year-round education, soccer programming, tutoring, leadership training, and other resources for free. They provide training and professional development for educators to learn their trauma-informed English immersion model.
Provides students in recovery from substance use disorders with a recovery-centered education and a safe and supportive environment. Heartland High School is a private school that provide education to students in grades 9-12 and under the age of 22; they award graduates with a state-recognized diploma. Visit the website for contact information.
Broad Street Presbyterian Church
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Provides 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. Visit the website or call for more information.
Southside: 711 Southwood Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Westside: 4129 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
Download this app from the Google Play Store onto your phone to access resources regarding health, education, employment, housing resources, support centers, and more.
App on Google Play Store: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.nchri.itri.leap614
Website Version of Leap614: nationwidechildrens.org/leap614
This program is for low income youth, ages 16 through 24, 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 workforce development and educational services, as well as education support and career preparation for high school juniors and seniors. TOUCH also helping ex-offenders gain, through reentry services, the skills and confidence needed to obtain workforce and educational opportunities, participants may also receive access to housing and clothing assistance.
4040 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
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
This site has information on getting a GED, including testing centers and preparation classes. Also, they offer information about Adult Diploma Programs which provides job training and for adults, ages 22 or older to earn industry credentials, and an alternative way to earn a high school diploma.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
Ohio Law & Rules about LEAP: codes.ohio.gov/oac/5101:1-23-50
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 free on-site consultation services call the number below or complete their online request form. OPEPP is a collaboration among the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and local early childhood mental health providers.
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 for referrals (614) 384-7798
Buckeye Ranch: buckeyeranch.org/programs/educational-services/day-treatment.html
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 or for referrals (614) 384-7798
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.
1565 Integrity Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43202