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Dear Parents,

Welcome to South Columbus Preparatory Academy at German Village—Home of the Eagles! Since opening our doors in 2017, we have strived to provide an exceptional education to elementary school students in a safe, secure learning environment. As we expand to middle school and to a new campus in the heart of German Village, we will continue to deliver a quality education to Columbus students.

At South Columbus Prep, we believe that behavior expectations establish lifelong values within students—the kind of values that create ignited and empowered leaders. Our values align with our four key pillars:

  • IGNITE student interest through exposure, problem solving & fun
  • INSPIRE students to meet their full potential
  • EMPOWER our kids to be agents of change
  • Cultivate young people to LEAD

We model, praise, and coach students daily on these values which creates a strong school culture. When you tour our campus, you will see these values explicitly named in each common space of our building. We create a safe and respectful environment to enable students to build meaningful relationships with adults and peers, self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, and ultimately achieve academic success.

Thank you for choosing South Columbus Preparatory Academy at German Village!



Mr. Jarod Hawk

Mr. Jarod Hawk, Principal

Mr. Jarod Hawk joined South Columbus Preparatory Academy at German Village as principal with over 11 years of experience as a K-8 educator and school leader in Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas. Prior to joining ACCEL Schools in 2019, he worked for IDEA Public Schools where he became Founding Principal of a Health Professions school after completing a two-year Principal Residency program working alongside top-performing principals in the network. Mr. Hawk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education from Kent State University as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Ashland University. Additionally, he is currently pursuing his Superintendent License with Ashland University.

Dr. Chad Carr, Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Chad Carr is the creator of the Blitz™ Academic Model and serves as Superintendent, Executive Vice President, and Chief Academic Officer at ACCEL Schools. Dr. Carr oversees academics at over 40 public charter schools in Ohio. Under his leadership, schools have seen an average growth of 15 Performance Index points. Dr. Carr joined ACCEL Schools in 2015 with over 20 years of experience as a K-12 educator, coach, principal, and superintendent of schools in Ohio and Kentucky. Prior to joining ACCEL Schools, Dr. Carr served as Executive Vice President of Mosaica Education, where he turned-around failing charter schools in Ohio. His turnaround achievements include Columbus Preparatory Academy which became the top-performing school in the state of Ohio under his principalship from 2011 to 2018. In addition to top academic ratings from the Ohio Department of Education, Dr. Carr and Columbus Preparatory Academy received numerous awards such as National Blue Ribbon School, National Title 1 School of the Year, School Leader of the Year and School of the Year multiple years in a row from the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and Academic Hall of Fame. Dr. Carr holds a Ph.D. in Education from Morehead State University and three Master’s degrees in Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and Administration from the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University.

Staff Directory

  • Jarod Hawk

  • Chad Carr

    Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer

Community School

South Columbus Preparatory Academy at German Village is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by St. Aloysius Orphanage (Charter School Specialists) which provides oversight and enforces academic, fiscal, and legal accountability. We are managed by ACCEL Schools, a high performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States.


Community Schools (Charter Schools) offer families an alternative to the local public school. Community schools are tuition-free, open to all students in the county, and focused on meeting student needs for success. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation. Read more about charter schools.