Columbus School for Girls

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Columbus School for Girls
Csg logo.png
65 South Drexel 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
Motto Forte et Gratum
((Strength and Grace))
Established 1898
Founder Mary Bole Scott and Florence Kelley
CEEB code 361530
Headmaster Jennifer M. Ciccarelli
Grades PK12
Enrollment 561
Average class size 13
Student to teacher ratio 8:1
Color(s) Red and gold         
Song Schoolmates, Lift Your Voices
Athletics conference Central Catholic League[1]
Mascot Unicorn
Team name Unicorns
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Average SAT scores 1888[3]
Average ACT scores 28
Newspaper Silhouette
Yearbook Topknot
Tuition $12,275 - $22,775
Dress code White polo; navy pants or plaid skirt and knee socks; crested sweater

Columbus School for Girls (CSG) is a private, all-girls college-preparatory day school located in Bexley, Ohio, United States, an enclave of Columbus. 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.
  • 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.
  • In 1985, headmistress Patricia T. Hayot, Ph.D., promoted an interdisciplinary style of learning and 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-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, broad plans to renovate and expand the Bexley campus were initiated. This set of plans later became known as the Landmark Campaign and included such developments as the construction of a new Athletics Complex and theater, as well as numerous renovations of preexisting campus areas.
  • In 2009, Ms. Elizabeth (Liza) Lee assumed the Head of School position in July 2009. She realized the renovation plans as part of the Landmark Campaign, including the establishment of a new Athletics Complex in 2012 which features an eight lane pool, yoga room, lobby, and fitness center. Major renovations were also made to the dining room and commons during her tenure.
  • 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[edit]

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 is 8 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,[4] and the National Association of Independent Schools.[5]


CSG offers programs for children from pre-K through 12th grade.

The Program for Young Children, or "PYC" (the equivalent 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, foreign language, 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, theater, music ensemble, foreign language, ancient and modern history, technology, mathematics, science, and physical education classes.

Clubs and activities[edit]

CSG offers more than 30 academic and special-interest clubs. The school's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[6] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[7] 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.[8]


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.[9] 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]

Notable alumnae[edit]

Ellis Avery - author

Ann Hamilton - visual artist

Velona Bissell Pilcher - playwright, journalist and theatre director

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". Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  3. ^ "C.E.O. Leaderboard" (PDF). Columbus C.E.O. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  4. ^ ISACS. "Independent Schools Association of the Central States". Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  5. ^ NAIS. "National Association of Independent Schools". Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  6. ^ "Executive Board Pre-File Application". - June 2007. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine. 2010. Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)". FIRST Website. FIRST. 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA)". OHSAA Website. 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2006. 

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