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Academy Life

The Academy Life is the school’s newspaper. Published approximately once a month, it contains information on events in all divisions of the school. Pat Hogan is the faculty advisor.  PUBLICATIONS ARCHIVE  ACADEMY LIFE ONLINE

Admissions Tour Guides

Tour Guides work with the Admissions Office to welcome prospective students and their families to the school. They provide visitors with a tour of the facilities and introduce them to students and faculty members. For more information, please contact John Wuorinen '80, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.


ALPHA is Columbus Academy's math club. It meets weekly to prepare for competitions such as the Ohio Math League (OML), Ohio Councils of Teachers and Mathematics Competition (OCTM) and the American Mathematics Contest (AMC). It serves as a liaison for success in these contests and a space for students interested in math to collaborate. Jen Murray is the faculty advisor.

Art Society

The Art Society was organized in the fall of 1977. In addition to actively contributing to Columbus Academy’s arts functions and social events, the group organizes trips and presentations by artists that enhance the art classes. Upper School students who elect art are encouraged to participate. David Block is the faculty advisor.

Black Organization of Students (BOS)

Gerardina Garita is the faculty advisor.

The Caravel

The Caravel is Columbus Academy’s yearbook. Students from all levels are encouraged to join the yearbook staff where they can develop their journalism, photography and desktop publishing skills, as well as be a part of documenting Academy memories. Laura Miller is the faculty advisor.

Chess Team

The roots of Columbus Academy's chess team go back to November 2, 1962, when 21 students met to discuss the formation of a chess club. Students compete in a variety of tournaments and activities throughout the year. The Columbus Academy Chess Team represents the school in competition against area schools in the CASCL league and in state and national competitions as well. Pat Corn '94 won the Ohio High School Chess Championship in the spring of 1994, and Academy students have won a number of grade-level state and national titles in recent years as well.

China Club

Dr. Jeannine Subisak is the faculty advisor.

Christian Fellowship

Dr. Jeannine Subisak and Sean Cullinan are the faculty advisors.


Tim Leet is the faculty advisor.

Dance Club

Gerardina Garita is the faculty advisor.

Dead Language Society

Matthew Ely and Christy Bening are the faculty advisors.

Debate Club

Dr. Mark Larson is the faculty advisor.

Desi Club (South Asian)

Dr. Shaun Heale is the faculty advisor.

Economics Club

John Exline '64 is the faculty advisor.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Ron Leach is the faculty advisor.

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)

An organization composed of students of all sexualities, traditional and non, that is devoted to increasing awareness of gay, lesbian, transsexual and bisexual issues and providing a safe haven and supportive resource for the GTBLQ individuals, or anyone else seeking support, within our community. The school's Director of Special Programs Alyssa King and Director of Technology Sean Cullinan serve as the advisors.

Gender Relations in Our World (GROW)

Susan Swinford is the faculty advisor.

Harry Potter Club

Christy Bening and Susan Swinford are the faculty advisors.

Home Economics Club

John Compton is the faculty advisor.

In The Know (Quiz Team)

Matthew Ely is the faculty advisor.

Jewish Club

Dr. Shaun Heale is the faculty advisor.

Juggling Club

Tim Leet is the faculty advisor.

Music Club

Jeff Arndt is the faculty advisor.

Muslim Enrichment Club of Columbus Academy (MECCA)

Dr. Beckett Broh is the faculty advisor.

Pokemon Club

The Pokemon Club is for those interested in Pokemon. Stefan Farrenkopf is the faculty advisor.

Political Club

The Political Club is open to all Upper School students. The club’s aims are to cultivate interest in national and international politics and foster informed student opinion and discussion on world events. Its members meet to discuss current affairs, view films and documentaries of historical and political significance, organize special activities (mock Presidential debates, elections, guest speaker appearances and displays), conduct student surveys and polls, and hear local authorities and experts on contemporary topics. John Compton is the faculty advisor.


Quest is Columbus Academy’s art and literary magazine published every spring. It solicits writings and art work from Upper School students. Pat Hogan is the faculty advisor.

Riding Club

Christy Bening is the faculty advisor.

Science Club

Moira Landes is the faculty advisor.

Service Board

An act of service reflects time, resources and energy. It is an investment of self – spirit, mind and body – aiming to meet the needs of others. The Columbus Academy Service Board is the student organization which sponsors, encourages and provides acts of service, and determines community service mores in conjunction with the student body. As shown in the Service Board Mission and Purpose Statement, the Service Board has three functions: 1) it is a group of student leaders whose mission is to serve the public, make a difference in the world and be virtuous in the community; 2) it is a group of student representatives with the responsibility, as ordained by Columbus Academy, to determine community service ethics for the school; and 3) it is a group of student visionaries who strive to make community service a more pervasive part of the existing spheres at Columbus Academy. The board's faculty advisor is Christy Bening, Chair of Academy's Service Department.

Social Justice and Sustainability Committee (SJSC)

The mission of the Social Justice and Sustainability Committee is focused on four areas: 1) Amnesty International, 2) Environmental Awareness and Action, 3) Economic Development and 4) Partners in Health. Student-generated and led, the SJSC follows four governing principles: education, activism, principle of the common good, and foundational stewardship. Diane Daniel is the faculty advisor.

Spanish Club

Silvia Chaves is the faculty advisor.

Student Council

The Columbus Academy Student Council is a representative body, comprised of committed and identifiable leaders which acknowledges and fulfills the wants and needs of the students. By upholding the Mission Statement of Columbus Academy and serving as a bridge to unite the students, faculty and administration, The Council will encourage, initiate and ensure the interests of the individual student. Ethics and Character Coordinator Tim Leet is the faculty advisor.


There are two productions open to Upper School students, one a fall drama and the other a spring musical. Scott Dillon directs the fall play, and Susan Neal handles the spring musical. Columbus Academy also produces fourth grade and middle school productions.

United CA

Dr. Beckett Broh is the faculty advisor.

Victorian International Political Simulation (VIPS)

John Compton is the faculty advisor.

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