Columbus Global Academy

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Columbus Global Academy
4077 Karl Rd.
Columbus, Ohio, (Franklin County) 43224
 United States
Coordinates 40°3′2″N 82°58′53″W / 40.05056°N 82.98139°W / 40.05056; -82.98139Coordinates: 40°3′2″N 82°58′53″W / 40.05056°N 82.98139°W / 40.05056; -82.98139
Type Public, Coeducational middle-high school
Opened 2008
Founder Ken Woodward
School district Columbus City Schools
Superintendent Dr. Dan Good
Principal Michael Sain
Grades 6-12
Team name Columbus Global Lions

Columbus Global Academy, commonly referred to as CGA, is a public school located in Columbus, Ohio. It is part of the Columbus City Schools district.[1] The school opened in 2008, and the ESL program in Columbus City Schools from which it was formed was founded in 1999. Its purpose is to educate students who are new to the United States including immigrants and refugees.[2]


Columbus Global Academy is a relatively new school, and it is an aggregation of smaller ESL schools formally linked to other non-ESL schools in the Columbus City Schools district.[3] The school opened in 2008 as a high school, and in 2009 it became formally known as Columbus Global Academy. That same year a middle school was added from Mifflin. It is currently the only exclusively ESL school in the Columbus City Schools district, and is also the largest school of its kind in the nation. In 2015, CGA was moved from its former location in the Linmoor Middle School building. Its current location is in the Brookhaven High School building on Karl Road.


The Columbus Global Academy is a middle/high school, grades 6-12. The main focus of the ESL program is to facilitate student learning within five designated skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural enrichment. Students at the Global Academy receive ESL support in mathematics, English language arts, reading, science, technology, music, visual art, and physical education. Aside from the core curriculum, advanced high school students at CGA are able to enroll in AP and PSEO for college credits. Teachers at CGA receive on-going specialized training in teaching English language learners.

Student Population[edit]

The students of the Global Academy come from a variety of backgrounds with the uniting factor being that most students speak English as a second (or more) language. Most students at CGA are recent arrivals or immigrants in the US.

There are more than 91 dialects and languages spoken at CGA, including Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Fulani, French, German, Italian, Mai Mai, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Spanish, and Swahili.[1] Over 55 countries are represented, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, China, Colombia, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palestine, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Yemen.[4] Every continent is represented in CGA's student body except for Australia and Antarctica.

Mission Statement[edit]

"We believe that with the dedication and perseverance of the Columbus Global Academy community, every member can overcome obstacles and find success, working to the best of his or her ability in empowering students to pursue their own dreams and voices in cultivating an environment in which understanding, respect, and helping others is the norm."


  1. ^ a b "Columbus Global Academy: Grades 6-12". Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  2. ^ Cano, Regina (2010-11-23). "The Columbus Dispatch: School caters to immigrants". THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  3. ^ Conaway, Laura (2011-04-25). "Ohio threatens funding cuts, school closings". The Maddow Blog MSNBC. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  4. ^ "Columbus Global Academy Receives FBI Award".