YouthBuild Columbus Community School has renovated three homes for low-income families. They recently celebrated the completion and sale of a home in East Columbus remodeled by students through the school’s Department of Labor program. The program is geared towards giving back to the community and being able to count community hours, and skills earned, towards graduation. The remodel took close to two years to complete and the students involved with the project were able to have an active part in the remodeling process and give back to their community at the same time.


Our Successes

While our graduation rates and state test scores are important, our biggest successes are our students. Seeing their faces light up when they realize they finally have a teacher who believes in them. Watching them excel in a new school full of teachers committed to their success. Cheering them on as they graduate and move on to new jobs and careers beyond our school's halls.
Some judge us only by the credits our students have earned, but we judge ourselves by the lives we help change and the life-long friendships we build.

Academic Results

YouthBuild Columbus Community School is one of Ohio’s top-rated drop-out prevention high schools.

  • Gap Closing - Meets Standards
  • Progress- Exceeds Standards 
  • Achievement - Exceeds Standards
  • Graduation Rates - MEETS Standards

See our full Report Card from the Ohio Department of Education.

Success Stats

  • Received two Department of Labor Grants
  • Received Americorps Grants
  • Received the competitive expanding opp grants
  • Built multiple blessing boxes for the community - maintains one in front of the school
  • Received National Recognition for building micro blessing boxes during closure
  • Implemented on-site counseling for ALL students
  • Created state-of-the-art music room for alternative learning styles
  • Increased enrollment by 211%
  • Created Hiawatha Gardens- a community garden
  • Increased graduation rate by 111%
  • Earned Exceeds Standards on the State Report Card
  • Became the first school in the State to be awarded the AMP Grant and implement our own AMP Program.