Missed the Open House? No Problem! Application FAQ’s

 The 2019-2020 St. Charles School Application Process;  Student Visitation Days & Scholarship Test

Come see what St. Charles has to offer your Son

St. Charles Preparatory School held its annual Open House for eighth-grade boys and their parents on Sunday, November 4, 2018. If you missed it, don’t worry! We want everyone to have the opportunity to see the Main and West Campuses as well our newly constructed Robotics and Mentoring Center. 

8th Grade Visits Throughout January: 8th grade boys were given the opportunity to spend a half day at St. Charles in the second, third, and fourth weeks of January. They sat in on regular classes and meet with school administrators, teachers and students.

8th Grade Scholarship Test on January 26th: In addition, St. Charles  offered its annual Scholarship Test to prospective students at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in the school’s Robert C. Walter Student Commons. The test results are used to help determine who will receive merit-based scholarships and grants offered by the school to its students in the 2019-2020 school year.

For the 2018-2019 school year alone, St. Charles is providing more $350,000 in academic scholarships and an additional $1.5 million in tuition assistance to its students. The test is open to all 8th grade boys who are currently enrolled at any of the public, parochial, and private elementary or middle schools in Franklin or the other surrounding counties that comprise Central Ohio. Anyone interested in sitting for the St. Charles scholarship test must register by calling Laurie Berndt in the school office at 614-252-6714 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you would like more information about our upcoming ‘mini-open houses,’ and/or to have your name placed on our “prospective student” mailing/e-mail lists to receive notices of these upcoming activities, you are invited to call the school’s Main Office at 614-252-6714.

Please find here a guide produced for the benefit of parents and their 8th grade sons. We hope this helps to answer some questions you might have about the school’s philosophy and enrollment process. _______________________________________________________________________

For nine decades St. Charles has been very successful in educating young men of this diocese with a solid college preparatory course of study. If you are the least bit familiar with our school you may know that many of our graduates hold important leadership positions in our community and that they exhibit well their St. Charles education.

First and foremost St. Charles is a Catholic school. Our primary mission is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and, as our American Bishops expressed it so eloquently, “To teach as Jesus did.” It is within this Christian framework that we offer a rigorous college preparatory course of study. If you have been following the recent state and national discussions concerning education, be aware that our curriculum is now the recommended norm for any student who intends to go on to obtain a college degree.

Our academic success is reflected in, among other things, the results of our students on the SAT and ACT standardized tests in which St. Charles ranks in the top 10% in the nation. It is also reflected in the quality of the colleges and universities from which our alumni graduate.

The reason for this success is our belief in five basic tenets. They are the cornerstone of our academic philosophy and success:

  1. We believe that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers. What parents do to help their children learn is more important to academic success than any other factor.
  1. We believe that many highly successful individuals have above-average rather than extraordinary intelligence. Achievement in a particular activity depends more often upon hard work and self-discipline than on innate ability.

III. We believe that teachers, who set and communicate high expectations to their students, obtain greater academic performance than teachers who set low expectations.

  1. We believe that how much time students are actively devoted to learning contributes to their achievement. Student achievement rises significantly when teachers regularly assign homework and students conscientiously do it.
  1. We believe in strong instructional leadership, both administrative and teaching, coupled with a safe and orderly school climate.

Academia, however, is not the only place where young men learn to grow during their high school years. Students who complement their academic studies with extracurricular activities gain experience that contributes to their success in college. Besides the 15 varsity sports we offer, students are able to participate in an array of interesting activities. Almost two-thirds of our students participate in some type of sport, student activity or organization. Involvement helps growth; growth leads to success.

Frequently asked questions by parents and students

–When does the application process begin? The answer is now. Each 8th grader who attends the St. Charles Open House in November fills out a registration card and receives a thank you note for taking time to visit us and a courtesy application. When eighth-grade first quarter grades have been received, preliminary application may be made. The student’s most recent standardized testing scores (6th or 7th grade) should be submitted along with the application and grade card. Students who apply during the month of January should send in their 8th grade standardized test scores. Interviews with prospective students and their parents are also part of this process but will be arranged after we have received your application.

—What about eighth grader visits during a regular school day? Starting the second week of January, 8th grade students interested in attending St. Charles next year will be given the opportunity to spend a half day here. During their visit they will meet with each of the administrators, have an opportunity to talk with some of the coaches, and sit in on two or three freshman classes. Notification of these visitation days will be sent out at the end of December.

—How much does it cost to attend St. Charles? Our tuition for this 2018-20109 school year is $9995.00  for Catholics registered in a parish and $10,3245.00 for non-registered students. There is a discount for a second son and the third attending son is free. If you have financial need, both the diocese and St. Charles sponsor significant grant programs. This year alone St. Charles provided nearly $1.6 million in scholarships, grants, and work-study aid to those who need help. Our scholarship exam this year will be given at St. Charles on Saturday, January 26, in two sessions, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eighth grade boys will receive notification for registration after Christmas.

—Is St. Charles too far away? Transportation should not be a major problem. Public school buses provide transportation from almost every district in Central Ohio. Our school is centrally located for easy access by COTA bus. Our office is willing to provide information for setting up car pools by letting you know who lives in your area and is attending St. Charles.

If you would like more information about the Open House, to have your name placed on our “prospective student” mailing/e-mail lists, you are invited to call the school’s Main Office at 614-252-6714.


St. Charles Preparatory School
2010 E Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: (380) 209-2222


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St. Charles Preparatory School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.