270 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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Columbus Gifted Academy
Active Learners. Innovative Thinkers. Compassionate Leaders.
The Columbus Gifted Academy self-contained program for students in grades 3-8 is located at the former Beck Elementary School in German Village.  This building is centrally located, making it accessible to students from across the district and close to our community partners.  We are located at 387 E. Beck St, Columbus, OH 43206.  Reach us at (614) 365-6961 or at giftedacademy@columbus.k12.oh.us.
Program Eligibility
The Columbus Gifted Academy is the "Category C" level of service on the continuum of gifted services offered in the district.  It is open to students entering grades 3 through 8 who are identified as gifted in either superior cognitive ability or both reading and math.  If more eligible students wish to attend than there are seats available, students will be selected based on identification area and qualifying test scores used for gifted identification.
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.
Program Highlights
The Columbus Gifted Academy teaches a curriculum based on state standards with opportunities for enrichment and extension based on student needs.  Learning tasks incorporate research, problem-based tasks, critical and creative thinking, social-emotional development, and more.  Instructional pace is based on students' demonstrated mastery of content.  The middle school program works closely with a variety of community partners, including Actor's Theater, COSI, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Grange Audubon, Ohio History Connection, the Columbus Museum of Art, to apply learning to real world contexts and simulated experiences.  Students have access to art, music, and physical education classes as they would in any other school building.
Program Staff
Director:  Amanda Reidenbaugh
Secretary:  Maureen Athey 
3rd Grade:
  • Brenda Crumley
  • Donna Harris
  • Traci Palmore
  • Tiffany Tripp
4th Grade:
  • Julie Crosby
  • Edna Marshall
  • Lisa Prinz-Liedtke
  • Stephanie Stegall  
5th Grade:
  • Debbie Ferrell
  • Julie Levy
  • John Pettibone
  • Cam Thompson
Middle School:
  • Kelly Aitken - 6th Grade English Language Arts/Social Studies
  • Stephanie Baumgarten - 6th Grade Math/Science
  • Elise Bodnyk - 7th/8th Grade Science
  • Andrew Cashin - 7th/8th Grade Social Studies
  • Sherry Daniel - Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Amy Genter - 6th Grade Math/Science
  • Sam Leopold - 6th Grade English Language Arts/Social Studies
  • Anastasia Stuntz - 7th/8th Grade Math
  • Carolyn Willis - 7th/8th English Language Arts
Special Education: Brad Green
Physical Education: Sam Scillia & Chelsea Hudson
Art: Michelle Alder & Karen Woods
Instrumental Music: Christopher Ross & Emma Schlosser
Vocal Music: Rachel Amey & Anita Allen
Counselor:  Amanda McClelland
Library Assistant: Megan McGonigle
Nurse:  Michelle Thomas
School Psychologist:  Mildred Poindexter 
Speech Pathologist: Jennifer Eaton
Custodian: Tony French
Other Details
Hours: 9am-3:30pm
Dress Code: There will not be a uniform.  Students are expected to follow the district's dress code.
Transportation: The district's Transportation Office is developing bus routes to transport students from their home neighborhoods to the Columbus Gifted Academy.  Specific information about bus stops and times will be sent by the Transportation Office in August.  

News & Announcements
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The Columbus Gifted Academy Parent Teacher Organization is up and running! More than 20 volunteers have joined in to lead the charge as interim officers and committee co-chairs. Many more have indicated an interest in being involved in some way, and we are eager to have you join in. You can visit the PTO's facebook page or website for more information about meeting times and locations, how to join, and opportunities to help out. Also, be sure to join the PTO email list to stay up to date. 
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Our Mission: Each student is highly educated, prepared for leadership and service, and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community.
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