Columbus School for Girls
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|Columbus School for Girls|
Forte et Gratum
(Strength and Grace)
|56 South Columbia Avenue
Bexley, Ohio, (Franklin County), 43209
|Type||Private, College-prep, All-girls|
|Head of school||Jennifer M. Ciccarelli|
|Student to teacher ratio||8:1|
|Color(s)||Red and gold|
|Athletics conference||Central Catholic League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Dress code||White polo, plaid skirt, crested sweater|
Columbus School for Girls (CSG) is a private, all-girls college-preparatory day school located in Bexley, Ohio, USA, an enclave of Columbus, located just east of downtown. It is the only all-girls high school in Franklin County.
- In 1898, Mary Bole Scott and Florence Kelley established Columbus School for Girls. The school was designed to replace the traditional "finishing school" for young women by adopting a solid college preparatory educational program.
- In 1904, Miss Alice Gladden and Miss Grace Latimer Jones succeeded Miss Scott and Miss Kelley. Miss Gladden founded the traditional services, which are still a part of the school’s traditions today. Miss Jones strengthened the concept of an academically demanding education for girls and expanded the college preparatory curriculum. While the disciplines of English, mathematics, and foreign languages were stressed, Columbus School for Girls also included the disciplines of theater, music, and fine art. It was also primarily under Miss Jones, whose concept of complete education 'language, math, arts, and sciences,' that the school became one of the most vigorous and progressive in the Midwest.
- In 1927, the School was incorporated as a nonprofit institution.
- In 1957, headmaster Dr. Arleigh D. Richardson III instituted a policy of open admissions, loathing the national practice of segregation that existed in most independent schools across the country.
- In 1966, under Headmaster John V. Chapman’s guidance, the school expanded its enrollment and began a building program.
- In 1969, ground was broken for a large addition on the Bexley site. The facilities, including a lower school, library, gymnasium with pool and locker room, fine arts complex, and theater-in-the-round were completed in 1970, providing the students and those hundreds yet to come with one of the finest preparatory school facilities in the nation.
- In 1985, headmistress Patricia T. Hayot, Ph.D., promoted an interdisciplinary style of learning, solidifying the position of CSG as one of the most highly regarded girls' schools in the country, and, perhaps most important, guided CSG's decision to remain firmly committed to single-sex education. During her 18-year tenure, the School grew from one to three campuses, comprising more than 180 acres. The 10-acre main campus in Bexley houses the academic and administrative buildings, including the original Columbia Avenue mansion. The Kirk Campus, a 70-plus-acre athletic facility is nearby. The third campus, Cynthia's Woods, consists of nearly 100 acres of environmentally protected woodland.
- In 2003, headmistress Diane B. Cooper was appointed. During her tenure, plans were made to renovate and expand the Bexley campus.
- In 2009, Ms. Elizabeth (Liza) Lee assumed leadership in July 2009. She realized the renovation plans as part of the Landmark Campaign.
- In 2012, a new Wellness and Athletics Complex opened, adding a new 8-lane pool and fitness center. Major renovations included the dining room and commons.
- In 2014, Jennifer M. Ciccarelli was appointed as the 13th Head of School on July 1.
- In 2015, the new Agnes Jeffrey Shedd Theater, a 400-seat Performing Arts Center, was dedicated.
Faculty and accreditation
The Head of School is Jennifer M. Ciccarelli, who took office in July 2014.
There are approximately 89 faculty and staff members, and the student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1.
Columbus School for Girls is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, and the National Association of Independent Schools.
CSG offers programs for children from pre-K through 12th grade.
The Program for Young Children (PYC, CSG's version of preschool and kindergarten) includes introductions to language arts, social studies, math, science, and physical education.
The Lower School includes Forms I through V (1st through 5th grade). The curriculum for the Lower School includes courses in language arts, library research, math, science, Spanish, visual arts, general music, technology, an integrated studies program, and physical education.
The Middle School consists of Forms VI through VIII (6th through 8th grade). The curriculum in the Middle School includes language arts, library, math, science, Spanish, technology, physical education, music, fine arts, theater, health, history, and performance ensembles.
The Upper School is for students in Forms IX through XII (9th through 12th grade). The Upper School has the broadest selection of courses. Courses offered include various literature, English, music, visual arts, acting, music ensemble, foreign language, ancient and modern history, technology, mathematics, science, and physical education classes.
Clubs and activities
CSG has more than 30 academic and special-interest clubs for their students. The school's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) and National Junior Classical League (NJCL). There is the opportunity for foreign travel, including a German foreign exchange student program. Students from the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools can participate in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Program, where they can actually build and program a robot.
Athletic activities in the Lower School include field hockey, tennis, golf, volleyball, and basketball. For Middle and Upper School students, the choices expand to include field hockey, tennis, golf, track & field, swimming & diving, cross country, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, and soccer. The Varsity Girls' Field Hockey team won the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championship in 1987. CSG's mascot is the unicorn, and its team name is the Unicorns. The Unicorns are part of the Central Catholic League of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
Notes and references
- ">OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Membership Directory". Retrieved 2010-05-23.
- NCACAS. "North Central Association of Colleges and Schools". Retrieved 2010-02-17.[dead link]
- ISACS. "Independent Schools Association of the Central States". Retrieved 2010-05-23.
- NAIS. "National Association of Independent Schools". Retrieved 2010-05-23.
- "Executive Board Pre-File Application". OhioJCL.org - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
- "OJCL Constitution". OhioJCL.org - July 2002. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2002. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
... by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL.
- "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)". FIRST Website. FIRST. 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
- "Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA)". OHSAA Website. 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2006.