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Posted July 11, 2011

This school does a good job with their experiential education program and they do a good job of educating typical learners, however their special education program is greatly lacking. If you have a child with any disability and you enroll them in this school make sure you know special ed law and your rights. Graham does not know how to write appropriate IEP's, and they do not provide their special ed students with the attention, individualized instruction or therapies they are entitled to. You will need to stay on top of your child's education by communicating with the school often.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

As a smaller school, the Graham school has a great emphasis on individual attention on the kids that attend. I love the experiential program.My older daughter graduated from the school 2 years ago, an had learning experiences at her various internships that many kids don;t experience till they are out of high school. These internships gave her a real world view of how the world works. She learned how important college is! She loved it. We has such a good experience, that we sent our younger daughter there, as well. I am looking forward to see how her education progresses, and the growth she will have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

I love The Graham School and so do my sons! Kids are the same everywhere, but the environment makes all the difference! I have seen the transformation from angry, discouraged and stressed out, to motivated , included and effective. It would have never been this way if we stayed at Upper Arlington. The classes are interesting and relevant, the teachers are outstanding.Most of all they are respected for who they are and how they learn, and that has made all the difference.Every class was available to them,there was no doors shut by an IEP. It was the best decision we ever made. I hate to see them leave!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2010

I'm a student of The Graham School. When I first came here I had at most two friends, I was completely shy and wouldn't talk to a soul. Now that I've been here for almost a whole school year, I have a ton of friends, and I love the teachers. The teachers are younger and can relate to us and you can talk to them about nearly anything. I'm not saying all the students are great though, you have your bullies and skanks everywhere you go though. I'd definitely recommend this school over Whetstone!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2009

The Graham School has an amazing staff that meet students where they are and build on their strengths while supporting their needs to help them become the best that they can be. They help students to become responsible, positively contributing citizens. The Graham School has the courage, dedication and commitment to do education the right way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

At Graham, students can show how smart they are. The atmosphere at the school is relaxed, though, and the school is small enough thatstudents don't get lost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

Great School. Pulled daughter out of top suburban school and she has been here for 1 year- she is so much happier and much more mature. No drama or rich want to be sort of girls here. Real girls, real boys and great staff of teachers , etc. Great prep for college is found here. LR ,parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2006

The school is really a rewarding aspect, as it combines academics with experience. But in a few years, with the increasing school enrollment and opening of another college prep school, the idea of free education without a specific curriculum may become a thing of the past.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2006

Our child has been at the Graham School for 3 years.Overall, it has been a challenging and rewarding experience, both academically and socially. The experiential aspect has provided a real world education and an opportunity for mature growth. The class schedule reads like a liberal arts college instead of a high school. The students are treated somewhat like college students, expected to be independent and responsible for classwork/homework. There is plenty of teacher/student interaction, an important aspect lost in most other schools. The opportunity to problem solve in a variety of situations and to be mentored while doing so is probably the most valuable assest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

When I first found out about Graham, I thought I had found my school of my dreams. Students and teachers were open, funny, and charming, which helped me better fit in with the school s community. Shy, I made real friends, flowered and excelled. However, as of recent, the school has become obsessed with structure. The school is becoming more centralized in an effort to keep everyone from failing. Graham is based on learning to take risks and that aspect of the school is being slowly eliminated. Most of the teachers are still outstanding and many people still care about the school and have an idea of what it s about , but I fear they will be gone in a few years. It s still better now, but who knows if it will be in a few years. Anyone who wants to care will do well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2005

I am a student at Graham and I can honestly say it is better than any other school I could have attended. The teachers are young and caring, and the classes are about things that we actually care about. Because of the unique way Graham is run, by attending work sites every Tuesday and Thursday, stusents gain a sence of maturity and work ethic. We also have control over various parts of out school; we have the power to change rules and make our school a better place for us to be. Students and Teachers alike are all unique in therselves, and we are encouraged to be who we are, we are encouraged to be different and stand out, and its that support that really helps us develop into the people we are becoming, and being more comfertable with that person, while prepareing us for our lives.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2005

Graham is unique in the approach to learning--making the classroom work relevant through experiential learning opportunities. Students at Graham know how to apply their coursework to the real world at every grade level. Every student is important, and the staff is creative and flexible enough to handle all levels of ability, from challenging the gifted to engaging the disillusioned! We love Graham!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2005

Graham is a unique and extraordinary school. It offers its students the chance to experience amazing teachers, a close community and people who care. I am not a parent but a student who attends Graham. I am on my way to Brown University and can say that i could not have achived what i have without the wonderful teachers at Graham. Our classes have names such as States of mind, A comparitive study of religiobn and astronomical physics. Graham is more like a college or large homeschooling group than a public school. Our classes are extensive and thought provoking and our teachers really care about our minds. I have only good things to say about Graham.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2004

it is an amazing school, people are accepting, teachers are great, they are young and interesting,but they also know what they are doing. this is a great school for the unconventional learner or the child who needs something more out of a school.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students60%
Female68%
Male50%
Black, non-Hispanic43%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Disabled25%
Non-disabled75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female82%
Male63%
Black, non-Hispanic57%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Disabled44%
Non-disabled86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students51%
Female57%
Male44%
Black, non-Hispanic29%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Disabled29%
Non-disabled61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students53%
Female54%
Male52%
Black, non-Hispanic21%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Disabled35%
Non-disabled61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Writing

All Students58%
Female82%
Male32%
Black, non-Hispanic50%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Disabled24%
Non-disabled74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
89 (2011)
 
99 (2010)
 
95 (2009)
 
87 (2008)

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About the tests


Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

No Value-Added data was reported for this school.

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

50%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

70%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 74%
Black 28% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 2%
Hispanic N/A 4%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 4%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A47%
Female 56%N/A49%
Male 44%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 29%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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3950 Indianola Ave
Columbus, OH 43214
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