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Who We Are: Columbus Academy’s core mission is to develop the mind, body and character of our students who come from all across Central Ohio. Our 231-acre campus provides space to think, play and forge lifelong bonds across a tight-knit community of students, faculty and families.

What We Do: From nature-based education in our Explorers program for 3-year-olds to project-based learning and advanced AP-level classes through grade 12, Columbus Academy provides opportunities for children to explore and flourish in countless ways under the guidance and encouragement of outstanding teachers. We begin each day with optimism about the future, our students and the positive impact they will make on our rapidly changing world.

Why We’re Important: With opportunity comes responsibility, so we expect mutual respect and community service from every student. We celebrate their individuality and authenticity, and believe that because the world is diverse our school must be, too. We are clear-eyed about the big challenges and even bigger opportunities they will face along the way, as well as the critical thinking skills and empathy they will need to become leaders ready to take the world head on.

How We Impact the Community: Columbus Academy has graduated 110 classes of students who have experienced a depth and breadth of education that few other schools can match. Our highly sought-after graduates have matriculated to colleges and universities across the country prepared to pursue their dreams – wherever their passions might take them. Half of all Academy alumni currently live and work in Central Ohio, many among the ranks of business and community leaders, contributing to the health and vibrancy of our entire community.

How You Can Help: Columbus Academy is seeking partnerships with individuals, local businesses and nonprofit organizations as well as education and research institutions to enrich our curricular programs. We believe student learning is enhanced through internships, service learning and design challenges that encourage students to solve real-world problems, collaborate with professionals and serve our neighbors and community.

Columbus Academy

4300 Cherry Bottom Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230


Executive Director: Melissa Soderberg, Head of School

Development Director: Erich Hunker ’81, Assistant Head of School, Development/External Relations

Board Chair: Tanisha Lyon Brown


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