Admissions Process

Academics. Community. Character. These are the hallmarks of an education at St. Charles Preparatory School. For nearly a century, this school has welcomed young men for an exceptional high school experience, boasting a college-preparatory curriculum, modern facilities, robust athletics and extra-curriculars, and powerful student mentoring programs.

What is the process for applying to St. Charles?

We require that parents fill out an online application form by clicking HERE and providing a $200 registration fee. This fee is credited to the student’s tuition. It is refundable only to students who are not accepted by the Admissions Committee.

We also require that you provide the school these items:

  1. The student's 8th grade academic report card;
  2. Results obtained on a standardized achievement test;
  3. The applicant's health records from your physician.

The school will then contact you to complete the admissions process by scheduling a personal interview conducted by a member of the Admissions Committee with the parents and applicant.


We also encourage interested young men and their families to learn more about St. Charles in person. You can accomplish this several ways:

  1. Sign up online for a private, 45-minute family visit and tour of our school campus.  These tours were conducted in October and November. These will be conducted three times a week, starting again on January 12th and running through February.   Due to safety protocols, we are only able to host one family per session. To learn more or to reserve a date/time for your visit, please click on "Family Visits" tab above.
  2. The school will hold its annual 8th Grade Scholarship Test on Saturday, January 30th, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. with results used to determine academic scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year. To register or learn more about the test, please click on the "8th Grade Scholarship" tab in the menu above.
  3. Register for two online webinars as a virtual way to learn more about St. Charles and the many opportunities it can afford your son(s): The first (January 12th at 7:00 p.m.) will feature several different St. Charles coaches and Club Moderators who can talk about their teams/groups. The second webinar (January 21st at 7:00 p.m.) will feature a panel of St. Charles parents who can answer questions about the many aspects of the "St. Charles experience" and how it has changed their sons' lives. To register or learn more about the test, please click on the "Online Informational Webinars" tab in the menu above.
  4. You can also visit this Prospective Student page regularly as we announce various activities held just for future Cardinals.

--Families wishing to learn more about the school's generous financial aid program, click HERE.

8th Grade Scholarship Test
Online Informational Webinars
Family Visits
Online Application
Financial Aid
Grade School Visits & Corresponding Evening Webinars


Through ninety-seven years of service and education St. Charles has established a reputation that speaks for itself. Its standardized test scores place it in the top tier of secondary schools in the nation and Gerber Analytics ranks St. Charles Preparatory School as #2 in the state of Ohio.Click HERE to view that report.

We have some of the finest facilities in the state to support our students’ personal growth. The opportunity to become a part of this tradition should be one worth considering.


151 Graduates of the Class of 2020

 97% to attend 4-yr. colleges; 2% to attend 2-Yr. colleges; 1% Undecided

  College Admission Information

  • 180 different colleges admitted our students (a record)
  • Our students will attend 58 different colleges all over the country
  • 34% of our students will attend college outside of Ohio
  • 37% of them will attend private colleges and universities
  • 92% of them received an offer of admission to their top choice college
  • 98% of them received admission offers to their first or second choice college
  • 99% of our students received admission to one of their top three choice colleges
  • 7% of our students applied as Early Decision candidates
  • 89% of our students applied as Early Action candidates


In Addition

  • 3 students received offers of admission to West Point and one more student received an offer for admission to West Point for the fall of 2021 after one year of prep. This is extraordinary in a class of 151 students!
  • 9 seniors became National Merit Finalists and 9 are National Merit Commended Scholars
  • COVID-19 has not stopped students from leaving Ohio – 35% of this class intends to attend college outside of Ohio, though perhaps a little closer in distance than previous years.

Schools of Matriculation:

Arizona State University, Ashland University, Bellarmine University, Benedictine College, Boston College, Bowling Green State University, Bucknell University, Capital University, Central Ohio Technical College, College of Charleston, University of Cincinnati, Clemson University, Columbus State Community College, University of Dayton, Denison University, DePaul University, University of Detroit Mercy, Drexel University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Evansville, Flagler College-St Augustine, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Georgia Military College, Heidelberg University, High Point University, Hillsdale College, Howard University, Indiana University, University of Kentucky, Loyola University Chicago, Marietta College, Miami (OH) University, Morgan State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Notre Dame College, University of Notre Dame, Ohio Northern University, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Otterbein University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saint Louis University, Shenandoah University, University of South Carolina, St. Olaf College, The University of Tampa, Texas A&M University, Trine University, The United States Military Academy, Vanderbilt University, Virginia Tech, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington University in St. Louis, The College of Wooster and Xavier University.



News and Upcoming Events

St. Charles hosts many activities throughout the year to help prospective families navigate this important decision. Here are some of them:

St. Charles hosts many activities throughout the year to help prospective families navigate this important decision. Here are some of them:

Spring 2020 Recap

CANCELLED EVENT: After receiving a directive from the Diocese of Columbus, we cancelled the 2020 Father-Son Mass and Breakfast on March 14th. There is no reschedule date. We appreciate your understanding and support in this matter. 



POSTPONEDClass of 2024 Spring Orientation Evening [Information regarding a new  date will be shared with our community as it becomes available.] For 8th grade boys who will become the school’s graduating Class of 2024. This special night will be an opportunity to meet new classmates, families, and schedule classes for the 2020-2021 school year.

CANCELED EVENTThe Cardinal Spring Fling [No reschedule date] Previously scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020. This day was for boys in 5th- 8th grades, who along with their families, could see the Volleyball, Lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee, and Robotics teams in action, as well as take tours of the campus. There was to be Food Trucks on campus to provide meals and refreshments.

Questions? Contact Salvador Mercado ([email protected]).


"A Night of Cardinal Madness” Huge Success

Despite the brisk cold, more than 100 young men attended a “Night of Cardinal Madness” on Monday, January 20th, making this inaugural event a huge success. It was properly topped-off with an exclamation point when the group watched the Cardinal’s varsity basketball team edge out a talented Chillicothe H.S. team by a single point in the last 20 seconds of the game.

St. Charles invited  boys in the 5th-8th grades (and their families) from all over Franklin County to the special event to learn more about our exceptional  academic programs, extra-curricular activities and continually-growing facilities. It also offered the opportunity  for the boys to meet new friends and future classmates and  an informal environment for families to meet  each other and learn more about the St. Charles experience.

The evening began at 6:00 p.m. in the school’s Walter Student Commons where everyone started out with a huge buffet of ‘sliders’, chicken wings, mac and cheese, BBQ beef and an assortment of toppings. Principal Jim Lower made a short presentation to the group and showed a “Day in the life of St. Charles,” a student-created video. He then sent the boys off to the basketball game and provided parents tours of the Main Building and sharing the many ways  St. Charles would benefit their sons.

Principal Lower shared this message: “A Cardinal is a leader who stands out and often must fly alone. He understands the importance of doing his best work and is not afraid to take on challenges and adversity. We believe that attending St. Charles will be a life-changing experience because the lessons you learn here are not just about the four years you spend in high school but are the foundations you will build off of and use for a lifetime.”

He added that “we are a Catholic school where (80% of our students are Catholic) that welcomes young men of any denominations with the hope that each young man grows in his faith. We are trying to instill in each young man: the importance of prayer, faith, service to others, character and hard work. WE are a preparatory school with a narrow academic focus but a broad one in terms of encouraging our young men to get involved in extra-curricular activities. We want to help your son mature and grow in his passions.

View more information and photos on the SC Facebook Page by clicking HERE.

Incoming freshmen students attending August 11th "Welcome Gathering."

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St. Charles Preparatory School
2010 E Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: (614) 252-6714


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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.