What does St. Charles have to offer a young man?

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.

More than 50% of our students receive financial aid. 100% are accepted to college.


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2019-2020 Admissions Process

Open House

Open House for Prospective 8th Graders: Held 1st Sunday in November

St. Charles Preparatory School held its annual Open House for 8th grade boys and their parents on Sunday, November 3, 2019.

If you were unable to attend, please see the "Visits" tab here on the Prospective Student Page. It will give you information regarding upcoming "experience the school day" visit opportunities your son can make with his classmates in January OR special sessions in February, March and April that you and your son can attend together that includes a presentation by Principal Lower and a campus tour.



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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:

The 2019-2020 School Year


CANCELLED EVENT: After receiving a directive from the Diocese of Columbus, we have cancelled this Saturday morning’s (March 14th) Father-Son Mass and Breakfast. It is not our plan at this time to reschedule the event. We appreciate your understanding and support in this matter. 



Class of 2024 Spring Orientation Evening: Thursday, April 2, 2020 on Thursday, April 2, 2020, for 8th grade boys who will become part of the school’s graduating Class of 2024. This special night starts 7:00 p.m. and will be an opportunity to meet new classmates, families, and schedule classes for the 2020-2021 school year.

The St. Charles Spring Fling: Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This day is for boys in 5th- 8th grades, who along with their families, can see the Volleyball, Lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee, and Robotics teams in action, as well as take tours of the campus. There will be Food Trucks on campus to provide meals and refreshments.

RSVP to Salvador Mercado ([email protected]). If you have other questions about this day of fun, please contact our school office at 308-209-2222 for more information.


"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.

Other Important Activities and Events Coming Up Through Summer

Class of 2024 Orientation Evening: April 2, 2020. Activities include a panel discussion with students and parents; new student "ice breakers"; refreshments and a presentation by the Principal.

Spring Fling: Saturday, early April. A full day of activities, food and refreshments and  athletic events. More information to come.

Spaghetti Dinner: Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 1:00-6:30 p.m. in the Walter Student Commons.

Father/Son Mass & Breakfast: Saturday, March 14, 2020. For any interested grade school student along with their fathers, uncles and grandfathers; Starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Walter Student Commons.

Summer Enrichment Classes: For rising 9th Graders; June 8-July 2, 2020. Algebra I, Latin I and Writing & Grammar Readiness. Work that current 8th graders will face here next school year & an opportunity to join other motivated young men. Make new friends and improve academic skills.

Summer Robotics Camps: JAVA™ Programming I; LEGO® Robotics and Basic Game Programming. Being held in Mid-July at the Robotics and Mentoring Center.

Summer Athletic Camps: Being held June through August; Speed & Agility, Baseball, Lacrosse, Football, Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball. St. Charles Gymnasium, Walt Plank Field, the Robotics and Mentoring Center and the Robert D. Walter West Campus.


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8th Graders Invited To Attend Upcoming Fall Athletic Events

Dear Future St. Charles Cardinal,

As we all start a new school year, I would like to invite you to come be part of the St. Charles experience.  We have a number of events this fall, prior to our annual Open House, at which you can get a first-hand look at what St. Charles has to offer the young men who attend our school.

We would like you to join other 8th grade boys and attend one of the following games.  Our evening would start by enjoying pizza and soda at our new Robotics and Mentoring Center, located at 1824 E. Long Street. Following a brief tour of our West Campus, we would all move to our main campus for the football or soccer game that night.  We look forward to meeting you and your parents should they also want to attend. Admission for students and parents is free. Parking will be available at our West Campus located on E. Long Street.

Mark your calendars for the following exciting visit dates:

Friday, September 6 - Football game vs. Eastmoor ; arrive @ 6:15
Friday, September 13- Football game vs. Bishop Ready; arrive @ 6:15
Thursday, September 19 - Soccer game vs. Olentangy Orange; arrive @ 6:15
Friday, September 20 - Football game vs. Bishop Fenwick; arrive @ 6:15

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 614-252-6714 for more information.
I ask that you RSVP your attendance to Mrs. Nina Keyes, [email protected].

Looking forward to seeing you and GO CARDS!





Last Year: 2018-2019

Orientation Night Held April 3rd for Prospective Members of the Class of 2023

Offering an opportunity to meet new classmates, families, and schedule classes for the 2019-2020 school year, the school held its inaugural Spring Orientation Evening for the Class of 2023 on Wednesday, April 3rd.

The night’s activities drew more than 110 rising freshmen and their families and included a panel of students and parents, new student “ice breakers,” a presentation by St. Charles Principal Jim Lower and refreshments.

Enrollment is NOT CLOSED for our Fall Freshman Class! If you have questions about admissions, please contact our Main Office at 614-252-6714 for more information.

The class of 2023 is historical in that our school opened in 1923……we invite all 8th grade boys to come and be part of something special here at St. Charles!


Record Turnout for Annual Father/Son Mass and Breakfast; Donatos Founder Jim Grote Guest Presenter

More than 450 people were on hand for St. Charles’ 11th Annual Father-Son Mass and Breakfast on Saturday, March 16th. The fraternal gathering was open to alumni and their fathers, alumni fathers and their sons, current students and their fathers, incoming and prospective 8th grade boys and their fathers and 5th, 6th and 7th graders interested in learning more about the school.  The gathering included Mass celebrated in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons because the record crowd surpassed the capacity of Mother of Mercy Chapel. A buffet breakfast served by 1974 alumnus Bob Selhorst and his company, Bosc + Brie followed, as did a presentation by guest speaker, St. Charles father Jim Grote, founder of Donatos Pizza. Mr. Grote shared a very uplifting talk about the power of positive thinking, visualizing your future success, the need to help one another and following “The Golden Rule” (in business, life and relationships) of “Treating Others As You Wish To be Treated.” Afterward, campus tours were available and attendees could explore the school building and visit the Chapel, classrooms and Holy Angels Library. Our thanks to all who attended and help make this event a resounding success! Click HERE to view an album of more than 80 photos on the school's Facebook page...

Summer 2019 Athletic Camps

St. Charles will host several athletic camps this summer devoted to Soccer, Speed/Agility, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse and Volleyball for students of all grade levels. Click HERE to view information and see camp brochures regarding our 2019 Athletic Camps.


Summer Academic Programs for Rising  5th,6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Graders

Attention all grade school boys and incoming Cardinal freshmen: Rising 5th, 6th and 7th graders, as well as 9th graders, have the opportunity to devote four weeks of the summer getting ready for the fall school year.

For those preparing to start the 9th grade here at St. Charles, we offer courses that mirror the work that current 8th graders will face next year in those classes and designed for those anticipating some degree of difficulty in these courses. Classes run approximately 55 minutes each and are offered at staggered times to allow a student to participate in all three: Algebra I Readiness, Latin I Readiness, Writing & Grammar Readiness Reading and Study Skills. In addition, the school offers enrichment classes for young men AND women entering the 7th and 8th grades next year (limited to first 30 students): 7th to 8th Grade English Readiness,7th to 8th Grade Math Readiness, 6th to 7th Grade English Readiness and 6th 7th Grade Math Readiness.

Click HERE to view a PDF of this two-page information sheet and registration form for Summer 2019.

Summer 2019 LEGO® Robotics, JAVA™ Programming I & Basic Game Programming Camps

The St. Charles Robotics Team will be offering three different summer camps this year, open to BOTH boys and girls. All classes will be held at the St. Charles Robotics and Mentoring Center, located at  1820 E. Long Street,  just west of the Robert D. Walter West Campus athletic facility.  Space is limited to the first 20 students to enroll.

All course descriptions contain suggested age ranges. The price for each camp is $100 per person and students are encouraged to bring light snacks with them.  Please contact Robotics Team Moderator and St. Charles faculty member, Joe Moyer, by e-mail at [email protected] with any questions.

 *Click HERE to view/print out Registration Form

Camps being offered include:

LEGO® Robotics

This camp is designed for students entering the fifth through eighth grades.  Students will use the LEGO MIndstorm™ package to build robots to perform challenging tasks. Students will not only learn how to build, program, and operate a robot, but also how to work in a team environment to accomplish a goal. The camp will be held July 15th – July 19th from 9 AM till 11:30 AM.

JAVA™ Programming I

This camp is designed for students entering 8th through 12th grade who have a basic understanding of computers and computer languages. This course will focus on standard programming flow control and object-oriented case structures. Students will be given programming tasks to be accomplished. Students may provide their own laptop computers or use computers provided by St. Charles. All computer software will be provided. The camp will be held July 15th – July 19th from 9 AM till 11:30 AM.

Basic Game Programming

This camp is designed for students entering 5th through 9th grades who have little or no programming experience.  The camp will be a hands-on lab to introduce the concepts of computer programming.  Students will learn these concepts by creating and modifying two-dimensional video games. The camp will use Visual Basic as its core language. Students may provide their own laptop computers or use computers provided by St. Charles. All computer software will be provided. The camp will be held July 15th – July 19th from 1 PM till 3:30 PM.


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