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Our Program

The Charles School is an Early College High School where students are expected to complete college coursework for both High School and College credit to earn their diploma from our five year program. The Charles School is a proud member of the Middle College National Consortium.

Educational Philosophy: Experiential Program in an Early College High School

The curriculum of The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University is unique; you won’t find it anywhere else in Columbus or the U.S. for that matter. But it is tested, accessible, and affordable. The Charles School is the first Early College High School in the country to combine an accelerated academic program with hands-on experiential learning to bridge the gap between high school and college.  As part of the fully accredited curriculum, both The Charles School and Ohio Dominican University provide guidance and support to students through high school and the first two years of college work. Guided by teachers and professors who are certified in their academic disciplines, students have the advantage of real-world experiences and rigorous academics; they are supported and supervised by faculty of The Charles School and Ohio Dominican University as they progress through high school and college work.

What should I know about Early College High Schools?

The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University is part of nationwide network of Early College High Schools that offer the best of traditional secondary education in concert with a college partner to provide higher education that is affordable and accessible to a broad diversity of students and families

  • 6 years of school in a 5–year  accelerated program, tuition-free.
  • High school diploma and up to 62 hours of college credit, equivalent to an   associates degree, tuition free.
  • Access to higher education for a broad diversity of high school students, even those who might not have seemed likely to graduate and go to college.
  • High attendance rates, excellent student promotion rates, and access to college level coursework.
  • Small classes and individual attention.
  • Smooth transition between high school and college, supported by faculty and professors committed to helping students from diverse backgrounds achieve success.
  • Free and reduced/cost lunches, if students qualify.
  • A network of 160 Early College High Schools nationwide. The target is 240 schools throughout the US by 2011.
  • A unique path to an affordable college education for motivated students.

The Ohio Dominican University

The Ohio Dominican University is the university partner of The Charles School. A fully accredited, four-year liberal arts institution, Ohio Dominican was founded in 1911. The university occupies 64 beautifully wooded acres, centrally located in Columbus, Ohio. Today, Ohio Dominican has over 3,000 students -- nearly 90% of whom receive financial aid. Ohio Dominican is committed to academic excellence, lifelong learning and community service.

Students are the top priority at Ohio Dominican, as they are at The Charles School. The university’s acclaimed liberal arts curriculum is at the core of all academic studies. Classes are small and students may choose from more than 50 undergraduate majors. The student body is diverse and individualism is celebrated, regardless of age, race, gender, religious background, ethnic or cultural heritage.

In addition, there are many opportunities for community service and a full range of co-curricular organizations, including student government, performance arts, athletics, honor societies, and multicultural, as well as a wide range of religious and social organizations.