Columbus
Gifted Academy
About Us

Mission Statement:
"Each student is highly educated, prepared for leadership and service, and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community."

Purpose:
To engage, enrich, and empower gifted learners through unique, rigorous, self-directed educational experiences in a collaborative learning environment that supports the whole child within and beyond the classroom.

Vision:
Active Learners. Innovative Thinkers. Compassionate Leaders.

Summary:
The Columbus Gifted Academy is a self-contained gifted program located in the heart of the Columbus, Ohio Short North Arts District. Building on the history of the ECLIPSE Program, it is a collection of self-contained, gifted classrooms for students identified as gifted in Grades 3 through 8. The program offers students the opportunity to participate in accelerated curricular opportunities throughout the school day. Classes of up to 20 students are taught by full-time teachers who possess a special license to teach gifted students. Our team of educators includes:
• Fully endorsed, gifted education staff teaching core classes
• Full-time special education teacher with background in twice exceptional gifted learners
• Full-time staff in arts, PE, vocal and instrumental music

Curriculum:
Reading, math, language arts, science, social studies, art, music, and physical education are taught through an integrated, problem-based curriculum with drama embedded throughout all grade levels with the support of our community partners. Mathematics and language arts are taught in a mastery format allowing students to progress through advanced levels of content at their own pace. Sandra Kaplan’s depth and complexity framework is integrated in standards-based curriculum to ensure appropriate rigor for the gifted learner. Supplemental language arts units developed by the College of William and Mary and supplemental math units from Kendall Hunt’s Mentoring Mathematical Minds program provide additional challenge for students. Students interested in pursuing foreign language study may do so through independent study with school mentoring.

Community Partners:
Students at all levels work with a wide range of community partners and individual volunteers. Our middle school program works closely with key community partners as they engage in real-world learning scenarios. Interdisciplinary projects have been developed in partnership with the following:
  • Actors' Theatre of Columbus
  • Center for Science and Industry (COSI)
  • Columbus Museum of Art 
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Grange Insurance Audubon
  • Ohio History Connection
  • See Kids Dream
Enrichment Opportunities:
We have a wide array of curricular enrichment to extend student interests and learning opportunities.
• Twice weekly enrichment periods for student-selected clubs and activities, such as:
o Chess
o Art Club
o Robotics
o Mock Trial 
o Debate 
o Math Club
o Intramural Sports
o Newspaper
o Academic support or Independent study
• Weekly Power Hour allows students to pursue individual interests through independent study.
• Co-curricular programs in partnership with community sponsors include, but are not limited to:
o Ballet Met
o JA Biztown
o 4th Grade Camp
o 8th Grade Trip
o CATCO Drama Production
o Invention Convention
o Ohio History Day
• Students in Grades 7 & 8 may participate in interscholastic sports with their home school.
 
Hours of Operation:  9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Parent Involvement:
We have a large and active Parent Teacher Organization. Visit their Facebook page under the name Columbus Gifted Academy PTO or their website at www.columbusgiftedacademy.com and sign up for their mailing list.  The district also has a gifted parent organization called Columbus PACE. For more information, visit www.columbuspace.org or visit their Facebook page.

Dress Code:
We follow the Superintendent’s Dress Code Policy with clothing that does not detract from the educational atmosphere. For more information, click here.

School Colors & Mascot:  White and Gold Phoenix  

Director - Mrs. Amanda Reidenbaugh
(614) 365-6961  |   100 W. 4th Ave. Columbus, OH 43201
giftedacademy@columbus.k12.oh.us
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