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310 North Wilson Rd
Columbus, OH 43204

(614) 276-1028
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May 20, 2015
Do your research before sending your child (ren) to this school. I would rate this school a negative star.

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November 06, 2014
I love this school. I was very hesitant because there are so many Imagine schools I thought it would be just a run of the mill charter school, but they blew all that away! I think the curriculum is just right for the children and they do regular assessments of each student so you know exactly where yours stands and what you need to work on with your child. I also love LOVE the staff, its almost as if every staff member in the school makes it a point to know exactly who your child is. Within the first week of my kid starting school every staff member I passed on the way to his class knew his name, and it wasnt because he was a bad kid! I just love that! Everything is so organized and it makes it so easy for your child to be successful. I highly recommend this Imagine school for anyone looking for an alternative to their public school.

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September 22, 2011
I must say, after coming from West Broad Elementary, the difference is very noticeable. Just from enrolling my daughter yesterday, I was able to see the organization within the office and how everything was ran. The anti-bullying policy is WONDERFUL! That is not something that has been put in place at many schools at all therefore it's been very difficult to have such a rule enforced. I'm looking forward to seeing my daughter grow at this school and I'm thankful to have had the teacher interaction I have experienced already! Hopefully it'll all work out and my daughter will excel within this school. Truthfully, I do not see that being a problem for her at all. :)

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February 17, 2011
Best school EVER!!!!!!!! Very smart students come out of this school and can and will be a succesful adult. This is a great school for your children.

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October 20, 2009
I love the interaction of the teachers and love that I get phone calls to update me on both of my grandsons who are students. Thanks Great Western Academy....You have my vote.

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May 07, 2009
This is a great school, my children are not going to GWA next year only because we are moving out of town for a job opportunity, but we have enrolled our children into another Imagine School. I have found out the my children only succeed because I am invovled, you cannot depend on the teachers to raise your children. The reason a child has bad behavior is due to poor home training. My oldest child was having a problem with a student and I immediately spoke to her teacher about the situation and the problem was solved. It make take a little more PARENT INVOLVEMENT!

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no rating
February 05, 2009
terrible school! exteme aggressive behavior, nonchanlance from employees, bulling and hostile enviroment.

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no rating
August 24, 2008
GWA is a great school! My daughter won the 2nd grade spelling Bee because she had a teacher that cared.

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August 19, 2008
With two children at Great Western Academy (grades 3 and 4) I can not say enough about how wonderful this school is! My children and working at a level far above their peers at traditional public schools. They are both working at about 5-6 grade levels in all academic subjects. The teachers and staff are approachable, professional and treat the students with great respect and care. I am a very happy Great Western Academy parent!

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August 02, 2008
awesome school, my child has accelerated since being there

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no rating
May 30, 2008
Great teachers, great staff, they really care of the education of each child, even the janitor is great

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no rating
January 28, 2008
The parent/teacher communication at this school are very poor. I have asked to speak to the principal a couple of times and she has yet to return my phone calls.

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January 10, 2008
This school is excellent! My children have thrived here and are doing outstanding academically! The teachers are wonderful and communicate well with the parents. The student teacher ratio is low enough that children who need 'extra' help actually recieve it. I have now enrolled 4 of my children who are also extremely happy!

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January 09, 2008
My daughter is in her 2nd year at GWA and her brother will start there next year. This is a great school and my daughter has learned so much. The teachers she has had are wonderful. The school has grown so much in the 2 years we have been attending.

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November 16, 2007
I feel that this school is unorganized and poorly led. There are too many kids in each classroom with only one teacher.

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no rating
October 15, 2007
There are 31 students in my child's classroom! The ratio states 1:16. My child needs more help and I feel that she cannot get it from a classroom of that size. We will be disenrolling our child.

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September 28, 2007
This school is a Columbus Public School District funded Charter school. My son started in K and is now in 1st grade and has excelled way beyond my expectations. The student to teacher ratio is great. This is a school that has high expectations of their students and I am very glad he is attending GWA. I know I made the right decision to enroll him in this school.

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no rating
September 13, 2007
this is a great school my sons first year and they are really impressive

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no rating
August 31, 2007
I think this is a great school. I would give it a 9 out of ten. I wish it futher than 8th grade. The staff and teachers are wonderfull and trully care about each child there.

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May 24, 2007
This is my daughters first year and she loves it. Great Western Academy has proven to be the best thing for her. The school she attended in 1st grade does not measure up to the academic program provided here. She has learned a lot this year. I have seen a huge improvement in my daughters reading skills. The school and her great teacher have went above and beyond to give my daughter extra help when she has needed it. She will be back next year and I will refer this school to anyone I come into contact with.

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April 27, 2007
Great School, the teachers and staff is amazing. I Love the school.

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December 29, 2006
I really like Great Western Academy, this is my daughters first year she is in K. She seems to really enjoy school and her teachers. I highly recommend them.

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December 12, 2006
i think great western academy is a great school my daughter has been attending there for two years now and she really loves it and it learning alot

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June 03, 2006
I couldn't be happier with Great Western Academy! The Direct Instruction model had worked wonders for my children academically and socially.

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May 12, 2006
My niece attends GWA and is in kindergarten. I am so impressed by the vast amount that she has learned this year and the quality of education that she has received.

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March 24, 2006
I absolutely love this school. The curriculum is amazing. What they are learning in first grade is far more advanced than what I was taught at that age. And the faculty knows all the children.

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September 11, 2005
My biggest regret is sending my children here. Much is lacking. Special needs, art, music and simple things such as a safe place for the children to have recess. The administration is dishonest and has little respect for parents or teachers. The enviroment is about controlling behavior and the children suffer. The only learn to recite and repeat, there is no independent thinking. I am in awe at the level of unprofessionalism shown my Dr. Cowardin and his administrators.

- submitted by a parent
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Great Western Academy
310 North Wilson Rd, Columbus, OH  43204
(614) 276-1028
Last modified Great Western Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Great Western Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top