Open House

Open House Weekend for Prospective Grade School Students, 

Oct. 31st & Nov. 1st

Prospective grade school boys and their families are invited to see our campuses and learn about us in person  during our Open House Weekend, taking place on Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st.

On Saturday, we will host three live sessions and two more on Sunday. Because of physical space limitations, each session is limited to the first 40 families (a maximum of four people per group) who register online for that specific hour-and-a-half time frame. Each session will include a presentation by Principal Jim Lower, a Q & A session with faculty members, student-conducted tours of the buildings and campus, and refreshments will be served. Those dates and times are :

Saturday, October 31st:  Session I–10:00 a.m.; Session II–12:30 p.m.; Session III–3:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 1st: Session I–Noon; Session II–2:30 p.m.; No Third Session


We invite you to click HERE  to sign up for a Saturday or Sunday Open House Session using SignUp Genius. There is a limit of 40 families per session (with each group limited to only 4 people or less), so don't wait too long to secure your time!


Get on our E-mail List!

To get the latest updates on events and dates being scheduled, we encourage you to email Sal Mercado at [email protected].  Have your place your name and email address placed on a "prospective student/family" list to receive information on upcoming events and activities to participate in.


St. Charles Preparatory School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

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


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.