History

The vision for United Schools Network started in 2006 with an idea - an idea that turned into a school, and a school that turned into a network of schools.

The idea - to provide excellent educational opportunities for today's urban youth. The dream - has become in reality a powerful force for change.

The groundwork of the United Schools Network began in 2006 with the development of the first school, Columbus Collegiate Academy. A location was chosen and a fellowship program was adapted: the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship (BES) guides driven individuals in creating and building outstanding charter schools.

Columbus Collegiate Academy has grown from 57 students in those early days to over 600 students today. A second middle school opened in 2012, bringing top educational opportunities to a rising new wave of urban students.  Our first elementary school, United Preparatory Academy, opened in 2014, and our second elementary school will open on the Near East Side Fall of 2017.

 
 
 

August 2016:

CCA-Dana awarded ~$1.7M in a historic Ohio Facilities Construction Commission grant competition for high performing charter schools. 

 

July 2015:

UPrep purchases State Street building in Franklinton with campaign contributions. 

 
 

April 2015:

USN embarks on a capital campaign to start two elementary schools. 

 

August 2014:

United Preparatory Academy (UPrep) opens its doors to 120 kindergarten and 1st graders in the Dana Avenue building.

 
 

July 2014:

CCA-Main and CCA-Dana purchase their buildings from Columbus City Schools.

 

October 2013:

1st K-5, United Preparatory Academy (UPrep) receives charter approval from the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and $525 K in start-up funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

 
 

July 2013:

United Schools Network (USN) officially launches with three employees and seven new board members.

 

May 2013:

$1.2 M in start-up funding awarded from local and national foundations for USN and two new K-5 schools.

 
 

August 2012:

Columbus Collegiate Academy - Dana opens in Franklinton with 75 6th graders.

 

June 2011:

CCA moves from Weinland Park church to Main Street. 

 
 

March of 2011:

CCA again receives the EPIC Award and is awarded the highest honor of all middle schools.

 

March of 2010:

CCA is one of only twenty-two charter schools in the nation, and the only one in Ohio, to win the prestigious New Leaders for New Schools EPIC award.

 
 

August 25, 2008:

CCA opens its doors to 57 6th graders.

 

July 1, 2008:

Columbus Collegiate Academy's five-year charter from the Fordham

 
 

Summer, 2006:

Plans for the creation of Columbus Collegiate Academy begin. After extensive market research (e.g., OAT scores, socioeconomics of various communities), Weinland Park is chosen as its target market. Founder Andrew Boy is accepted into the Building Excellent Schools (BES) Fellowship program, which serves as a tremendous resource throughout the charter development process.