Welcome to North Columbus Preparatory Academy, home of the Warriors! North Columbus Prep is a learning community which values high expectations for both academics and behavior. Our staff embraces students, families, and communities to build and develop well-rounded individuals who are independent critical thinkers and intrinsically motivated to be life-long learners. We believe that all children can learn as we seek to make a difference in the lives of our students.
The teachers and staff at North Columbus Prep are committed to providing a quality education for all students in a safe, secure, and nurturing learning environment. We are committed to ensuring that each child reaches his/her full potential.
In addition to core academic subjects, North Columbus Prep students have the benefit of weekly art, and physical education, classes. Special services available to students include: special education, literacy support, and counseling.
We encourage all parents/guardians to maintain regular communications with their child’s teachers and be actively involved in the school community. Checking the school calendar, website, and our Facebook page for events and activities will help keep you informed. We are looking forward to meeting your child and helping foster a love of learning.
Courtney Williams, Principal
Mrs. Courtney Williams, M.ED., joined ACCEL Schools in 2017 with over ten years of experience working in K-12 Education. She has worked as a teacher and administrator in Dayton and Columbus schools. Mrs. Williams was selected to be the founding principal of North Columbus Preparatory Academy because of her outstanding leadership as principal of Columbus Bilingual Academy North, where she led a complete academic turnaround in less than one year. Mrs. Williams believes that academic achievement and personal discipline are key components to lifelong success. She has been credited in her work at the Juvenile Detention Center of Columbus, as well as at other schools, with an exceptional ability to connect with students even when they have not been able to previously connect with other educators. Mrs. Williams holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Otterbein University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Central State University. She additionally holds a PK-6 principal license and has earned additional certification in Special Education from Otterbein.
As an educational leader, Mrs. Williams believes that “every student can learn, and that it’s our responsibility as educators to teach, reach, and keep each student engaged.” To promote student achievement, her vision is to establish a school environment where learning is the top priority, and to partner with families and the community to foster positive behavior and open communication. Mrs. Williams is the mother of 8 children and her family resides in the Linden Neighborhood. She believes you should never forget where you come from, and because of her belief in empowering Linden and the greater Columbus community, Mrs. Williams has chosen the Warriors as the NCPA mascot.
Dr. Jill Blanchard, Superintendent
Dr. Jill Blanchard joined ACCEL Schools in 2020 with over 20 years of experience as a K-12 educator and school administrator. As Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools, she oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for multiple schools in Central Ohio. Dr. Blanchard’s instructional experience includes all content areas for elementary and middle school. Her administrative experience includes leadership of elementary, middle school, and high schools. She also has experience with career-technical education, residential treatment, mental health, special education compliance, curriculum and instruction, teacher coaching, and trauma-informed care. Dr. Blanchard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Social Science from Ohio University. She earned her Doctorate in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction from Capella University.
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North Columbus Preparatory Academy 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.