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Welcome to South Columbus Preparatory Academy at Southfield—home of the Patriots!  South Columbus Prep offers a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students and families. Our students benefit from a well-rounded education including art and music. We hope you will consider enrolling at South Columbus Preparatory Academy and allow us to serve your family.


Student’s use the given tools to conquer obstacles and always continue toward their goals.

Student’s reach academic success and reach personal academic goals with support.

Student’s work together as a community to create a safe and effective learning environment.

Students view themselves as leaders and take initiative to be the best they can be for themselves and others.


Jennifer Rausch, Principal

Jennifer Rausch’s career in education began in 2006 as a kindergarten teacher. Over the years, she has served the children and families of Columbus, Ohio as a tutor, teacher, coach, athletic director, and principal. Her tenure with ACCEL Schools began in 2007 as a classroom teacher at Columbus Preparatory Academy. In 2013, she was named the school’s Teacher of the Year. Rausch earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Master of Education from the University of Dayton. She was on the team of educators who founded South Columbus Preparatory Academy, Southfield and is excited about the school’s future. An engaged leader, Rausch is committed to partnering with families, teachers, and the community to promote students’ wellbeing and encourage lifelong learning.

Jarod Hawk, Superintendent

Mr. Jarod Hawk joined ACCEL Schools in 2019 with over 11 years of experience as a K-8 educator and school leader in Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas. Prior to joining ACCEL Schools, he worked for IDEA Public Schools where he became Founding Principal of a Health Professions school after completing a two-year Principal Residency program working alongside top-performing principals in the network. Mr. Hawk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education from Kent State University as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Ashland University. Additionally, he is currently pursuing his Superintendent License with Ashland University.


At South Columbus Preparatory Academy – Southfield, our mission is to provide a high-quality education for all students. Emphasizing a positive, safe and productive school environment for all. Motivating students to achieve excellence in their academics as well as helping them grow socially and emotionally and become productive citizens in and out of the school community.

We Are Southfield:

South Columbus Preparatory Academy – Southfield is a community that works together to achieve high expectations in academics. Each student is a key component in our community and is given the tools to progress and succeed. Our administration and staff are here to support each and every child’s development. Supporting, their abilities to master core subjects and strengthen their social and emotional skills, by using differentiation to fit student needs. We strive to nurture our student’s strengths and help them grow in all aspects, by setting small goals and working towards those goals together as a team.


Southfield is dedicated to providing a learning environment where all students are valued and challenged. We strive to prepare each and every student for future success and to help them be empowered to keep moving toward academic achievement. At Southfield we persevere, Achieve, use teamwork and show self – determination, each day we embark on our school day, in and out of the classroom.