Why Choose Columbus Academy?

Numerous reasons are cited by our families who send their children to Columbus Academy: small class size and individual attention, varied and accessible extra-curricular programs, high academic standards, our art program, great teachers who are easily accessible, academically driven classmates, and a strong sense of community. In a word, parents are looking for quality and want the best educational environment for their children. 

The National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS), conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, confirms what independent school families have known for years: that independent school students outperform other students. 

Independent school students are more engaged in homework, more likely to volunteer, watch less television, are more likely participants in athletics and extracurricular activities, and more likely to go to college and graduate school. 

The patterns above begin in Academy’s Lower School where our program creates a positive learning environment for each child. That uniquely nurturing and high-achieving environment continues through the Middle and Upper Schools. Academy students are expected to do well academically and needed to participate extracurricularly.

Why CA?

List of 10 items.

  • Academic & Curricular Excellence

    • 30% of students in the last five graduating classes earned recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program
    • CA offers Advanced Placement (AP) exam preparation in 19 subjects
    • In the spring of 2015, Academy students took 528 AP exams resulting in an average score of 3.98
    • CA's 2016 SAT average score:1969
    • CA's 2016 ACT average score: 30
    • The first school in Central Ohio to introduce all-day Kindergarten, Spanish instruction starting in PreK and an Asian studies curriculum beginning in sixth grade
    • Thoughtful attention to Ethics & Character in both curriculum and culture while promoting the school's core values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Compassion and Fairness
    • For glimpses into Academy classrooms, please visit our TeacherTalk Video Series
  • Accreditation & Memberships

    • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
    • Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
    • Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS)
  • Admissions Enrollment & Financial Aid

    • 1081 Students (51% boys, 49% girls)
    • Our students represent 54 different zip codes
    • 36% students-of-color representation
    • $3.96 million in need-based financial aid and tuition remission for 285 students (26% of the student body)
    • The only school in Ohio to receive a $2 million endowment grant from the Malone Family Foundation for financial aid
  • Athletics & Art Success

    • 33 team State Championships in baseball, field hockey, football, boys golf, girls lacrosse, boys soccer, boys tennis, girls tennis and boys track
    • 38 team State Runners-Up in baseball, boys basketball, field hockey, boys golf, girls lacrosse, boys tennis, girls tennis and boys track
    • 49 individual State Titles achieved in boys and girls golf, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track, and wrestling
    • A thriving arts program (performing and visual) resulting in concerts, plays and musicals in all divisions throughout the school year and student artworks being selected for the Governor's Art Show and National Gold Key as well as musicians earning the highest ratings in OMEA Solo and Ensemble contests
  • Campus

    • 231 acres
    • $43 million in value
  • College Admission

    • Class of 2016: 91 graduates attending 58 four-year colleges and universities in 22 different states and Canada plus the United States Marine Corps (VIEW MATRICULATION LIST)
  • Endowment

    • $35 million (market value)
  • Faculty

    • 66% of teachers hold advanced degrees (Masters and/or Doctoral)
    • Average years of teaching experience: 18
    • 136 Full-time faculty; 16 Part-time faculty
    • Student-teacher ratio = 8:1
  • Gift Support & Philanthropy

    • The New Quest capital campaign raised $20 million towards the school's strategic initiatives to grow the endowment and improve campus facilities
    • Income from non-discretionary Annual Fund gifts covered 6% of the school's operating budget; trustees, parents, alumni, grandparents, former parents, faculty/staff and friends contributed more than $1.53 million last year
    • Parents' Association of Columbus Academy (PACA) initiatives raised over $150,000 last year
  • Operating Budget

    • CA operates on an annual budget of $25.7 million that allows the school to provide for the needs and extracurriculars the school needs to continue excellence
Columbus Academy  4300 Cherry Bottom Road | Gahanna, OH 43230 | 614-475-2311