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Frequently Asked Questions


What is a charter school?
Charter schools are independently-operated public schools. Parents can choose to send their children to a public charter school outside of their “zoned” public school. There is no charge or tuition to attend a public charter school. While charter schools have flexibility in choosing curriculum and developing innovative teaching practices, charter schools must test students and report results, just like the government-operated public schools, as required by federal and state laws.


School Location:
The Colonial Prep School
2199 5th Street SW.
Akron, OH 44314


The campus is fully fenced and secure with  a Raptor System where all visitors are required to be screened at the office.


What sets Colonial Prep apart from other schools?
Colonial offers a choice for parents and students within the public school system. Colonial is often referred to as a private school without the tuition. We place a high emphasis on  parent involvement and require parent participation. Our curriculum allows for small group learning to take place allowing the teacher to focus on the needs of the individual child. Students learn PBL ( Project Based Learning) with a focus on technology.

Colonial Prep has:

  • Rigorous academic standards
  • An average of 18 students in each K-3 classroom
  • An average of 22 students in each 4-5 classroom
  • Integrate Technology into each project or lesson
  • Promote diversity and cultural awareness through a Multicultural Enrichment Class
  • Student involvement in community projects
  • School Uniforms
  • Community business partnerships
  • Parent involvement through volunteering or similar activities
  • Enhance the learning environment with a strict discipline policy
  • Hosts community and family activities.


How much does it cost to attend Colonial Prep?
Colonial is a publicly-funded charter school. There is no tuition charged to attend a charter school.


Do students wear uniforms?
Yes. Colonial students wear uniforms. The uniform is a Burgundy Colonial polo shirt and Khaki Trousers, or Skirt. We find that simple, comfortable uniforms or a dress code mark learning as a serious endeavor and minimize student competition and distraction regarding dress. Uniforms will be available for purchase on the website before the first day of school.


Are Colonial’s teachers certified?
Every Colonial Teacher is certified to teach in the subject and grade-level to which they are assigned.  All staff is highly qualified.


What can you tell me about the schools’ curriculum?
Project Based Learning (PBL) with technology integration is a central focus at Colonial. Students will be actively engaged in various projects and educational pursuits, while at the same time learning the essential knowledge and skills as outlined in the Next Generation State Standards/ Common Core. Students will use community resources as their “learning labs” and/or use the results of their knowledge to effect change in their school and/or local community.

Project Based Learning is defined as “a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks.

Testing and Assessment
Colonial Students will participate in OAA's on the same schedule as the Akron, Ohio Public School District Schools.


School Hours
School starts promptly at 7:45am and is dismissed at 2:50pm


Colonial Prep offers Physical Education.


How do I enroll my child at Colonial?
To begin the enrollment process, visit the enrollment tab to complete the 2014-2015 application.


Does submitting an application guarantee my child a seat at Colonial?
No. Colonial Prep will conduct a random lottery to determine who is able to enroll.


Is Transportation Available?
All transportation is provided by Petermann Busing (as long as the student lives at least 2 miles away from the school).


Is before and after-school care available?
Before and After school care operates between 6:30am and 6:00pm


Does Colonial offer Breakfast or Lunch?
Yes. We offer breakfast and lunch free of charge to all students.

Do you have special education programs( Gifted , ESE, Speech)?
Yes. Colonial Prep provides services to any child with special needs with the goal of having the student become successful in regular classroom settings. Each child is evaluated to determine the most effective educational program we can provide, consistent with federal law.


How can I get updates about Colonial?
Please email to be added to the weekly email blasts to all families.