Columbus School for Girls

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Columbus School for Girls
Csg logo.png
Forte et Gratum
(Strength and Grace)
56 South Columbia Avenue
Bexley, Ohio, (Franklin County), 43209
United States
Coordinates 39°58′5″N 82°56′18″W / 39.96806°N 82.93833°W / 39.96806; -82.93833Coordinates: 39°58′5″N 82°56′18″W / 39.96806°N 82.93833°W / 39.96806; -82.93833
Type Private, College-prep, All-girls
Established 1898
Head of school Elizabeth Lee
Faculty 150
Grades PK12
Enrollment 630
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Color(s) Red and gold         
Athletics conference Central Catholic League[1]
Mascot Unicorn
Team name Unicorns
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Dress code White polo, plaid skirt, crested sweater
Athletic director Meagen Henrey

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.


Columbus School for Girls was founded in 1898 by Mary Bole Scott and Florence Kelley, answering the need for a private school for girls in the wealthy Columbus neighborhood of Bullitt Park. The school's first graduating class consisted of two girls, both of whom went on to Wellesley College.

Originally located in a small space on fashionable East Broad Street, in 1901 the school moved to the stately Georgian mansion known as "Parsons Place", located at the intersection of Bryden Road and Parsons Avenue. CSG remained at Parsons Place until 1953 when, due to its steady growth and need for larger and more modern facilities, it moved into a large mansion on South Columbia Avenue in Bexley. This remains the main campus for the school.

Further growth, demand for more modern academic facilities, and the need for more space for their athletic programs led to a major expansion of CSG's main campus in 1969. The school now has three campuses for use by its 630 students.

Faculty and accreditation[edit]

The Head of School is Elizabeth Lee, who took office in July 2009 after the retirement of Dr. Diane Cooper. Before coming to CSG, Ms. Lee was the Head of School at Hockaday, an all-girls school in Dallas, Texas. There are approximately 120 faculty and staff members, and the student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1.

Columbus School for Girls is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,[2] the Independent Schools Association of the Central States,[3] and the National Association of Independent Schools.[4]


CSG offers programs for children from newborn through 12th grade. The earliest program, called Parents and Children Together (PACT), is for children from birth to age 3 years and their parents.

More education starts at ages 3 and 4 years, in the Program for Young Children (PYC, CSG's version of preschool and kindergarten). The curricum 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[edit]

CSG has over 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)[5] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[6] 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,[7] 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.[8] 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.[1]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b ">OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Membership Directory". Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  2. ^ a b NCACAS. "North Central Association of Colleges and Schools". Retrieved 2010-02-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ ISACS. "Independent Schools Association of the Central States". Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  4. ^ NAIS. "National Association of Independent Schools". Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Executive Board Pre-File Application". - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "OJCL Constitution". - 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. 
  7. ^ "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)". FIRST Website. FIRST. 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA)". OHSAA Website. 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2006. 

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