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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.

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.

Community School

South Columbus Preparatory Academy at Southfield is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by the St. Aloysius Orphanage (Charter School Specialists) which provides oversight and enforces academic, fiscal, and legal accountability. We are managed by ACCEL Schools, a high performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States.

Community Schools (Charter Schools) offer families an alternative to the local public school. Community schools are tuition-free, open to all students in the county, and focused on meeting student needs for success. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation. Read more about charter schools.