The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) writes that “Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, encourage critical thinking and promote a lifelong love of learning.” Good schools are energizing and welcoming places that invite children to explore and be creative.
Designing the educational path for your child–for your whole family, essentially–is both daunting and exciting. We’ve put together these resources to inform your research and answer some of the questions you may have.
Taking the classroom outdoors
School cultures around the world make their classrooms outdoors, on a daily basis, rain or shine. Academy brings the concept to 231 acres in Columbus. Read here about Forest Fridays and the magic of nature immersion.
Understanding the impact of philanthropy
Kimbal Musk, restaurateur, philanthropist and co-founder of three initiatives with real food missions sat down with student journalists to discuss how real food can feed a community and the planet. Read the interview here.
The benefits of an independent school education
Head of School, Melissa Soderberg, reflects on the mission of Columbus Academy and the extrinsic and intrinsic benefits children receive as part of the Academy experience. Read her letter to parents here.
The result of teaching caring
Building a sense of community inside the classroom makes for stronger community bonds outside the classroom. Read here about how one third-grader makes a difference at the holidays.
When teacher passions are supported
Professional development and grant opportunities support our teachers’ deep dives into topics that will evolve the campus into a better learning environment. Read here about how professional development and grants spark powerful changes.
How integrating arts education boosts learning
When arts education becomes integrated into the whole curriculum rather than being a restricted hour, children master, and retain, more transferable skills. Read here about the "three-legged stool" approach to arts in education.