Columbus Academy

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Columbus Academy
4300 Cherry Bottom Road
Gahanna, Ohio 43230
United States
Coordinates 40°2′56″N 82°52′26″W / 40.04889°N 82.87389°W / 40.04889; -82.87389Coordinates: 40°2′56″N 82°52′26″W / 40.04889°N 82.87389°W / 40.04889; -82.87389
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto "In Quest of the Best"
Founded 1911
Principal Corinna Izokaitis (Upper School)
Karla Long (Middle School)
Kay Mason (Lower School)
Head of school Melissa Soderberg
Faculty 140
Grades PK12
Enrollment 1,087 (9/7/2015)
Average class size 15
Student to teacher ratio 8:1
Campus Suburban
Campus size 231 acres (93 ha)
Color(s) Maroon and Gray
Athletics conference Mid-State League[1]
Mascot Viking
Nickname Vikings[1]
Rival Bexley Lions
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Average SAT scores 1929
Average ACT scores 29
Newspaper The Academy Life
Yearbook Caravel
Tuition $10,750 to $25,000[3]

Columbus Academy is a selective, independent college-preparatory school for students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade.The school is located on a large, secluded campus surrounded by wooded areas in Gahanna, Ohio in the United States, 8 miles from downtown Columbus. The Academy was founded in 1911 by J. L. Hamill in Bexley, Ohio and moved to its current campus in 1968. Originally an all-boys school, it became coeducational in 1991 when the Board of Trustees decided to admit girls. From its conception, the school expanded over time to a matriculation level of 1,000 students. Columbus Academy students and alumni often refer to the school as "Academy".

Founding And Bexley Campus[edit]

In 1911, a group of area businessmen founded the school to provide a local option for boys' secondary education. They adopted the independent country day school philosophy that academic preparation was a cooperative effort between the school and the home. Columbus Academy emerged as a college preparatory school dedicated to intellectual, social, moral, aesthetic and physical development.

Columbus Academy's first campus was situated on 4 acres (1.6 ha) along Alum Creek. Numerous additions to the "main house" were made as the number of students in grades 5-12 grew. Academy's first headmaster, Frank P.R. Van Syckel, instituted a liberal arts program coupled with vigorous athletic instruction.

Move To Current Campus[edit]

After continued enrollment growth and repeated flooding along Alum Creek, the Board approved a 20-year plan for relocation. The school acquired 231 acres (93 ha) in Gahanna [1] (eight miles northeast of Columbus), raised funds, and built a new campus. The original five-building complex served the school well until the student body exceeded 600 boys. In the mid-'70s, the school undertook a major building program that added a lower school wing and the Schoedinger Theatre. This expansion allowed Kindergarten to be added to the school in the early 1980s. In 1991, the school became a co-educational institution.

The school is situated on a secluded suburban campus. In 1999 the school built a new library reminiscent of its old Bexley campus, and added large additions to the theatre and Lower and Upper schools in 2004. Beginning in 2003, they added another addition, respectably larger than the last. This addition consisted of a new athletic building, new sports facilities and courts, additional parking lots, a new upper school wing, and a third library (totaling three libraries: one lower school, one middle school, and one upper school).

In the 2014 - 2015 school year, a ropes course and new playground was added to the Columbus Academy campus.

Tuition & Endowment[edit]

2014 - 2015 Tuition
Lower School
Pre-Kindergarten (half day) $9,800
Pre-Kindergarten (full day) $16,000
Kindergarten—Grade 4 $19,700
Middle School
Grades 5-8 $20,400
Upper School
Grades 9-12 $22,350

The Academy's current endowment is approximately $23 million. In 2002, Columbus Academy kicked off the Advancing the Quest fundraising campaign. ATQ's goal was to raise $17M to support the following areas: Faculty and Staff Excellence, Student Body Diversity, School Size and Structure, and Facilities. The most important objective of the Advancing the Quest campaign was to create an educational community that better serves CA students, their families, and the community as a whole by enhancing facilities and enriching programs.

The operating budget for 2005-06 was $17.7 million. Income from non-discretionary Annual Fund gifts covered 7% of the school's operating budget and expenses.


Athletic competition has long been a part of the Columbus Academy tradition. One of the oldest high school athletic rivalries in Ohio is the Academy-Bexley competition. The Academy was one of the first schools in the US to begin fielding a soccer team and track team. Today, Academy students compete interscholastically and intramurally in a wide range of sports including football, soccer, track, baseball, basketball, tennis, golf, lacrosse, wrestling, field hockey, swimming, cross country, and others.

Ohio High School Athletic Association Team State championships[edit]

Other non-OHSAA titles[edit]

Accreditation & Memberships[edit]

  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • Independent Schools Association of the Central States
  • Ohio Association of Independent Schools
  • Recipient of Malone Family Foundation Award

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable teachers/faculty[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on 23 September 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid". Columbus Academy. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 12 February 2007. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 31 December 2006. 
  6. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Football". Retrieved 12 February 2007.