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Po Box 30745
Gahanna, OH 43230

(614) 475-2311
(614) 475-0396
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February 11, 2014
I am very proud to be a graduate of this school. I attended Columbus Academy since pre-kindergarten and have love every day of it. The faculty are amazing and I still keep in touch with many of them months after graduation because if the impact they've made on me. I only know a handful of people in my entire time at the school who don't share these same sentiments.

- submitted by a community member
November 16, 2013
I am a student at Columbus Academy and I have been going there since kindergarden. I love it there and I have always felt like it was another home to me. Sure some people can be snobby, but it can be like that at any school no matter where you live. The education is amazing and so are the teachers.

- submitted by a community member
September 04, 2013
I am very glad that the former headmaster stepped down or retired. Things will become brighter after he is gone.

- submitted by a community member
August 21, 2013
Awesome school - great academics and athletics - if you want your child to reach their true potential, send them here. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to stay active in their children's education and the school. We have just started out 8th year at the school with 2 girls here.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
I love this school. My daughter has attended CA for 8 years and has flourished at CA. We are not wealthy like many of the parents but I have never witnessed any snobbery from other parents. The average ACT, SAT and National Merit recipients at CA speak volumes about how well CA teachers teach and CA students perform. The faculty is caring and supportive. The curriculum is very rigorous. As for the administration, they do lean to the liberal left agenda, which is concerning at times, but the bottom line is that the academics are top-notch.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2013
I had my 4 children at CA for 10 years and the experience was horrible. During that time Columbus Academy became an ultra-liberal left wing indoctrination camp. Academics are long forgotten as the agenda to pursue left wing ideology has taken over. Mandatory homosexual teaching is forced on the students from an early age. The current headmaster is committed to promoting a far left political slate, and educational or intellectual efforts are utterly secondary now. The change is drastic, complete and heinous. A quick check through year books of years past shows a number of students going to Harvard/MIT/Stanford/CalTech, etc. Current matriculation lists show only rare ivy league/ powerhouse school attendance, and in almost every case -- sports related. In my opinion Stanford doesn't count if your child goes there for field hockey. Parents at CA privately complain, and publicly donate heavily to the school to be just like everyone else, country clubbing at its finest. The large number of students on financial aid assure silence. The upper school recruits transfer students heavily because the "lifers" cannot generate impressive ACT/SAT scores. Do not send your kids here. Danger

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2012
We have been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to send our son to CA. Our son, while always having been strong in academics, struggled socially and phsically(fine and gross motor issues). CA looks at the whole picture and works as a team to make sure their students succeed in every aspect. Because of their dedication, my son is now a well rounded "regular kid" who has gained a great deal of confidence. As for some of the reviewers talking about the parents or money, it's really not an issue. While we are well off compared to the rest of the world, we are by no means rich compared to many of the CA families. It's never been an issue. Everyone there has the same goal for their children and they tend to bond over that, not how much they have in their bank account.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
I don't quite understand why people are focusing on the parents at Columbus Academy. Of course, there are very well of parents, who possibly at times can be "snobby" as some put it, but this school isn't about parents. The Columbus Academy is an incredible school for your child. Notice how I said child? Your child gets one to one attention from teachers and the student to teacher ratio is very low, which helps them get that attention. The academics are challenging and the teachers really try to get the best from a student. Something I really love is the new "One to One" program. In one of the grades, the Academy is lending a school owned iPad to each student. There are apps that the teachers download for the students. Mostly, the apps are for note takings. Some of the note taking apps have an ability to record the lecture that the teacher is teaching vocally, while the student writes and takes notes. I think this is a huge highlight of the Columbus Academy. This school not only focuses on academics, although the very much do, but they focus on the arts and sports as well. This school takes a lot of hard work, but it definitely worth it in the future.

- submitted by a community member
July 17, 2011
I've read through the most critical comments on this website and I have to say that many of the comments are not factual. Yes, there are some snobby parents and kids, but there are plenty of nice kids in every grade. Academics at Academy are far more important than sports, but we do have a few excellent teams (i.e. field hockey, tennis, track, swimming, boy's soccer). I would argue that the best parts of Academy athletics are the JV teams--I know, it seems strange, but let me explain--since there are so few students, many of these teams really need people. I am not an athletic person and I know if I went to a public school, I wouldn't be able to play sport at all, but on the JV girl's soccer team (which had about 14 people last season), I got to play for almost all of every game. I think I spent 10 minutes on the bench all season. Academics are undeniably rigorous, but that's why my parents send me to the school. I'll start my junior year next fall and I've already taken three AP exams (Biology, Calculus AB, and US History). I earned 5s (the highest score) on all of these tests and I doubt I would have been able to if I hadn't had such excellent teachers.

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2011
I have attend Academy since I was in the lower school and I have love it. The teachers at the school push you to your limits and want to see you secede. Academy is not an easy school but it will get you to where you need to go.

- submitted by a community member
December 30, 2010
I love CA, but it s not perfect. I feel that it s a little too self serving because it takes every effort to improve its image of diversity and learning. For example, CA updates its computers every two years or so, but we take our midterms, PSATs, and APs with extremely old tables and chairs. (These are only the exam tables and chairs. The ones in classrooms are fine.) Many of the teachers are amazing and most are good. A few of the faculty may be disagreeable at times, but they still care about their students. Many students are close to the faculty. In fact, most of the school is tight knit. There are a wide variety of courses, from regular to challenging, though not as much as some very good public schools because CA is fairly small. There also is less flexibility in taking courses than some schools as well. Many of our sports teams are excellent, especially boy s tennis which won three Division II state championships in a row. If you can spend $19,000 a year with little hesitation, this school is definitely for your child. If you are a bit hesitant, you should research CA more before you decide.

- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2010
My daughter attends Columbus Academy and I feel she is getting a good education. My only concern was the social atmosphere , especially during the middle school years. Typical middle school girl issues of cliques, exclusion and comments behind her back were a problem. The upper school scene is an improvement, perhaps due to increased maturity of all the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
As a recent graduate and veteran of CA for 14 years, I am frequently telling peers at my school of the wonderful relationship I had with the society at Academy. I was lucky enough to be accepted to a nationally renown university and I whole heartedly believe that I owe my success to Academy's ability to foster young minds. The academia is challenging, some courses are at the college level, and the price is obviously steep but I cannot emphasize enough the value one receives from an education like this. This school develops mind, body, and presents the opportunities that other school are unable to provide for adolescents. It is worth it.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2010
The Columbus Academy has such advanced classes it is astounding how academically superior it is. It is well rounded, and students will leave the school with a stronger mind, body, and character.

- submitted by a student
April 27, 2010
incredible school, outstanding staff everything is far superior to any other school in central oh

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
I moved here from due to job relocation.It was the best thing that could have happened for my child. Hands down greatest learning environment for children I've ever encountered.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 05, 2010
I have 2 children at CA and they both love it as do I. It really is a community where all kinds of kids can thrive. Beautiful campus with - watching the children sledding during recess was a joy! Academically it can't be beat. Very low student to teacher ratios. Lots of opportunities for students and parents to get involved. Tuition is high but we think worth it.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
awesome school must go to! best teachers who care about students. is diverse and graduate leaders. best school hands down in ohio.

- submitted by a community member
December 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2009
My son has been a student at CA for 4 years, loves it, and is thriving. He is a bright child and it is very important to us that he be pushed and encouraged to work to his potential. His teachers support our desires and have helped him achieve well beyond grade level. The parents are very friendly and supportive of one another and the school, it's like a large family. The students are all very bright and I have no worries about my son ever being teased because he excels academically. On a non-academic note, early on I loved the fact that school spirit is fostered from an early age...even the pre-k are invited and encouraged to attend pep-rally's, and sporting events.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2009
This is by far the best school in ohio, if you can afford the $19,000 a year. None of the negative reviews on this site have anything to do with the school's education because it is beyond what every other school in state currently has. I do not know who some of the people posting about snobby people are talking about. All of the parents of children I have met have been very friendly, and you don't have to send your kid here from Kindergarten, I just sent my 9th grade son there his first year and we both love it. The high tuition definitely has its advantages though, as the school has just bought new 21.5' iMacs for their computer labs, something that no other school can come close to competing with.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2009
Great, great, great. We have been there over 10 years and I appreciate it more with each passing year. These teachers lead by example and engage the children in learning in such creative ways. These children are so bright and supportive of each other. I have never seen anything like this. Most important, my daughter realizes how special her school is and is grateful for all the opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
I Attended Columbus Academy For 2 Years and the people there were very snobby and unfriendly. The 19,000 dollars a year was not well spent. I transferred back to Gahanna Lincoln High School and their academic programs were superior compared to The Columbus Academy. Also the extra curricular activities were great. I would choose Gahanna Lincoln High School Over TCA any day. I was on the swim team my freshman year, and I loved the swim coach, Craig Yakscoe. The only good thing about Columbus Academy were the lunches ;)

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2009
Gay friendly school. Progressive, at least for Ohio. Administration is extremely receptive and sensitive to LGBTQ issues and is trying hard to bring Gay students out in a very progressive coastal way. Headmaster Mackenzie has raised awareness of LGBTQ concerns with his constant emphasis on hiring and promoting Gay teachers but out administrators are still too few. The trend may be changing, though, since there is a strong Gay presence much more visible lately. It is too bad that there is still so much emphasis on sports in every respect, and this very seriously detracts from Academy's main goal of reshaping social discourse.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
Hands down, without a doubt, the most well perceived college prep school in central Ohio. The only other comparable school academically is CSG. It is more expensive and it is more challenging than say a St. Charles or Wellington, but if your child can handle the schoolwork, they will have the skills to be successful at any of the most prestigious universities in the country. You will not find a better place for your child to grow. Not only will you have excellent networking contacts to be made here, but also long lasting memories. This coming from both an alumnus and parent who had nothing but good experiences.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2009
The school is more focused on their personal motives than the education they are providing to the kids. Disciplinary actions are inconsistent and sometimes irrational and unusual. The facilities are nice though, but after my sons attended the school for 13 years each I learned the real 'Columbus Academy'. Save your $19,000 per year.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 15, 2009
I am a Sophmore at the Columbus Academy. I have been there for twelve years and the school is nothing short of a second home for my piers and I whether they, or I, would like to admit it. Now in the Upper School the education has not only been grander than ever, but the teachers offer the students so much respect I feel confident talking to my teachers about anything. The foul comment made earlier is not only ignorant but arrogant. Personally attacking parents of the Columbus Academy for the sizes of their homes is childish. Also, with the small tight knit community The Columbus Academy offers I have met nearly every student that has attended in the last twelve years. I have never met a child transferring from any school view the academic load as anything less then extremely strenuous or a student who leaves because it is easy.

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2009
It's simply a superb learning environment. The teachers are top quality and very dedicated. The integrity, self-confidence and excellance are emphasized in every class and student.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2009
We are new to CA, with our daughter enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten. Honestly, I am over the top impressed with the quality of curriculum. However, what impresses me most is the student/teacher ratio (something like (20:2), and the fact that my daughter's teachers know her so well. They send parents email messages more days than not updating us on goings on. They maintain a class 'blog' and post descriptions and pictures of class activities. And once in awhile, I'll get an email message describing something my daughter did in class. These people are totally invested in her progress, and nothing could be more satisfying to a parent than sending her here. It's an expensive proposition to send a child to a school like CA. I'm not confident that we'll be able to keep up with the cost - but doing so is my greatest hope.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
I have 3 sons who have attended The Academy since K or PreK. The school is an incredible place. My sons are quite different: one quite good and interested in athletics, one more dramatic and 'artsy,' and one who is just an interested, hard-working kid. The faculty has met their individual needs and really done a wonderful job of challenging each of them. My wife and I couldn't be happier with our choice to educate our sons at Academy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2008
My daughter came to Columbus Academy as a freshman and has flourished in the C/A enviornment. Every teacher takes a personal interest in their students. If a child needs help, they always find the time to give them the attention they need. The faculty attend extra curricular activites, if your child is absent from school, they are kind enough to call and check to make sure they are okay. Academy offers and wonderful, family oriented learning enviornment in which the students flourish and it reflects itself in the solid reputation they have with Universities through out the US. Being in the process of college app's I have to say, the college counselors are phenomenal. My child always says shes glad she started in public school so she could understand and apprieciate the quality education shes getting at Academy.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2008
I am an 8th grade student at Columbus Academy and I love it their. The students are friendly in a non-clique environment. The teachers are determined to not only educate the students but also to prepare us for college and further. The atmosphere at the academy is unbelievable and the campus is breath taking. The Academy offers an education to children unmatched by any other school. This year we had a record for national merit finalists and semi-finalists for our graduating class. Because of the size of the classes (most around 20), each student gets the attention that they need to succeed, but also do not get singled out. Teachers are contactable by e-mail and reply very quickly unlike at other schools. The academy is a school that can not be beat.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 10, 2008
I do not know the circumstances of this parent's situation, but as a parent at Columbus Academy for over 10 years, this is not the school that I know. Yes, there are some very well-off parents, but they are far from stuffy. Moreover, the person complains about people being inhospitable, and then inconsistently goes on to complain about their big houses. Well, unless you are obsessed with where people live, you must know about their homes by having been invited into them. Finally, and most importantly, the education. This year's graduating class of 90 students had 15 National Merit Semifinalists, the most of any high school in Central Ohio. Is Academy perfect? Absolutely not, but it is the closest thing to perfection among Columbus high schools with which I am familiar.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 09, 2008
My child transferred to this school from Wellington (In Upper Arlington) because we though that he could excel there. We were very disappointed. The parents were unfriendly and were very snobby, not to mention the numerous parties at their fancy houses to encourage us to donate money to the school. When we decided we had had enough, we transferred my son back to Wellington, and he had to take remedial classes because Academy's academics were not up to par. Would not recommend unless you are entering at a very early age where you will be accepted by other parents in your child's grade.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2008
My daughter is a African american 7th grader who absolutely loves her school. The teachers push the students to be brilliant in and out of the box, The work is hard but the kids love it!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2006
The school has excellent academic programs. The music and drama departments are excellent. Most students participate in at least one sport each year. Parents are very involved in their children's education.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
We have two children in the CA Lower School. We have been impressed and 100% satisfied with the quality of the education, the dedication of the administrators, and the general feel of the school. Parents are very involved yet we never feel pressue to do more than we are able. Assessments are comprehensive and in-depth. The specialists are incredible (Spanish, swimming, art, music, pe, and assembly). All lower school children particpate in assembly. Compared to other private schools across the country, The CA is a bargain. The campus is beautiful and many local school districts provide bus transportation. John McKenzie, the Head Master, is an amazing leader who has not only been an effective fund raiser but also takes the time to get to know (literally) every family at the school. We will be leaving Columbus Ohio and leaving the Academy is the hardest part.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2005
Being first year parents of 2 children lower & middle school and coming from another great school in Dallas, TX we have been incredibly pleased. The teachers are fantastic, the campus is incredible, the students & parents have been helpful & inclusive and the focus is pretty balanced. Primary focus is education and college prep. with arts & athletics being very important too. We could not imagine finding another school similar to Greenhill in Dallas but we may even prefer Columbus Academy.

- submitted by a parent
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The Columbus Academy
Po Box 30745, Gahanna, OH  43230
(614) 475-2311
Last modified The Columbus Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Columbus Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top