Clintonville Academy

3916 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 267-4799

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 155 students 11 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

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About this school

Clintonville Academy is a private middle school in Columbus. The principal of Clintonville Academy is Mrs. Sarah Q. Lindsay and can be contacted at 155 children attend Clintonville Academy and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. The student to teacher ratio at Clintonville Academy is 11:1. Immaculate Conception School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% %
Black, non-Hispanic 8% %
Multiracial 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Our daughter began attending Clintonville Academy (CA) for Kindergarten and is now in 1st grade. Our decision to put our daughter in a private school with good public schools available was difficult. We decided to visit CA and were very impressed with the personal attention the students receive. They are treated with respect and in turn the students are very respectful. Well into the 2nd year now things have only gotten better. Our daughter is thriving. She is proud of her French speaking skills and finds math to be "easy". The first grade teacher is exceptional. With small class sizes the students get a great balance between classroom instruction personal instruction and group learning as well as plenty of time to release all that energy that 6-7 year-old children have. The school is wonderfully diverse and focused on the individual needs of the child and setting the foundation set for a lifetime of enjoyable learning. Parents play a vital role. Parents who do not want to play an active role in their child's education should look elsewhere. We are looking forward to several more years at Clintonville Academy and more importantly so is our daughter.

  • (1 year ago)

    We just started at Clintonville Academy with our first child in kindergarten. Where we live our public school options weren t strong enough. After much time researching alternative schools and other private school options this was our top choice. (And the EduChoice Scholarship was also a great perk) We love the intimate size of the classes and so far it s been really positive for the learning and development of our child. I also appreciate the family-like atmosphere of the school - we already know most of the teachers and families that have students in the same class. There are many opportunities to get involved at the school in whatever way you are able to (both my husband and I work full time and we have 3 kids so although it's important for us to stay connected the flexibility to choose how we can best contribute is awesome) We are encouraged to provide feedback and have ample opportunities to learn more about how we can support our child's educational experience. On top of having such a positive learning environment family engagement and welcoming atmosphere our daughter loves going to school so much that she doesn t want to leave when I come to get her each day!

  • (1 year ago)

    We started at CA nearly 3 years ago in the Pre-K program. At the time we were at a daycare that we loved but found that our daughter was getting bored. We knew that CA was an option but hadn't done our research as parents. After a visit I was happy to find a place very much like the school I attended - a small school focused on student achievement in small classrooms providing quality education to every child. CA is a place where parent involvement is key to each child's success and the success of the school. A place where discipline issues are not tolerated. A place where teachers are not teaching to a test but rather to the children sitting in front of them. The school while small does so much to create experiences with field trips and community service projects. There is before & after school latchkey. Sports opportunities are limited but available whenever possible. The teachers seem to love the school and the students. Administration is open and listens to concerns. Our family has found a community where we can belong feel engaged & believe that we are an integral part of our child's education.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children have been attending Clintonville Academy since 2002. I have a graduate an 8th grader and a 4th grader. This school teaches its students to be global citizens. They teach to the student and not to the test. This strategy helps students succeed. They use the Iowa test as their academic benchmark where students consistently score higher than their grade level. Two of my kids can be a little "quirky" but Clintonville Academy embraces differences and celebrates each student for the gifts they bring. This isn't just a school - they are my family.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our three children attended Clintonville Academy K-8 from 1995-2014. We began at CA as an alternative the Public Schools. Two of our neighbors had not had positive experiences with the neighborhood school but several others gave very positive reviews of Clintonville Academy. And even after the local schools began to improve the quality of the educational environment at CA kept our family there. CA with its small class size and positive and stable learning environment provided our children with a great education. This was most evident when they went to a much larger High School and found that they were very well prepared. The teachers and Administration at CA are able to focus on what each child needs and gives them the tools and opportunity to succeed. We also appreciated the high expectations of the students both academically and socially that were fully supported by the teachers and Administration.

  • (2 years ago)

    I would love to look past a few bad reviews but whatever this school used to be it is no longer. Kindergarten was good but beyond that leaving was the best thing we ever did. If you have other good choices I suggest taking them. There is a lack of academic leadership that is far reaching. Though the majority of staff are sweet and friendly the standards are not what I expected with private school. Now that we are somewhere else I realize how a well run school with standards to be met operates.

  • (2 years ago)

    Clintonville Academy is a small independent school that is a partnership formed by parents students and the faculty. It can help a struggling child achieve and a gifted child excel. Having read the comments below and being a parent of two very different learners at the school it is clear to me that those who believe writing a check for tuition is the only role in their part of the partnership are not going to be happy with the CA experience. Parents and students who are committed to communication with the staff and who understand that there is real "work" to learning as well as some of the best learning happens when students aren't sitting rigidly in desks- pencils in hand- will be delighted and amazed with the CA community. Finally as the parent of older children who have gone on to top colleges and universities I can honestly say my younger children are getting a far better education and lessons for studying and life then my older two did at their schools - I can't imagine where their journey will go -)

  • (3 years ago)

    Please look past the few negative reviews here.Many of our CA grads go on to be at the top of their class at DeSales Watterson and elsewhere not to mention our Iowa test scores are off the charts. We personally have 3 children enrolled at Clintonville Academy. In our 8 years at CA we have found it to have greatly exceeded our expectations. It is a nurturing warm environment that encourages learning and gives my kids a place that feels like an extended family not just a school. There are small class sizes so all of the kids get a lot of one-on-one time with teachers and there is great parent involvement at the school like helping to put on events walk-a-thons food drives Halloween parties class trips sports and so on- we saved $850 off tuition to be crossing guards. As invested parents this is by far the best decision we have ever made in regards to our kids' education and welfare.

  • (3 years ago)

    Dont go there if you have another choice of schools. My child went there and now our family goes to another school. Over all leaving Clintonville Academy was the best choice for our family. I will say that in Kindergarten my child had a really good time but when it comes to doing real work and getting homework they are not the best school to go to.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have been there for 9 years My son is very ready for the next step"High School" Can not say enough good things about this school. Please check it out.

  • (4 years ago)

    After getting custody of my husband's pre-teen daughter yet unable to move out of the Columbus Public School district at the time we searched for a quality private school we could afford on our budget. Clintonville Academy (CA) met and has exceeded our expectations. The size of the school may be small but the heart of the faculty staff parents and children of this school is big. The educated nurturing teachers at CA ensure an enriching and challenging curriculum preparing students for higher level education. The size of the facility ensures small classes (no more than 20 students for each grade) social interaction at all grade levels inventive use of space both at the site and in the larger community (which means lots of fieldtrips) along with a tight-knit community atmosphere. The location of the school (right off 71) and latchkey program provided before and after school ensures convenience for working parents. Our older daughter came out of her shell at Clintonville Academy and is now doing very well at Dublin Scioto High School. We now have our Kindergarten daughter enrolled there and we are confident she will be as prepared and loved there as her sister was.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a fine school if your child is average. The teachers for the most part are adequate and teach to the mean. If your student fits this average profile--working at or slightly below grade level--then they can competently teach at least through elementary grades. Math and Science in the middle school grades are not adequate. My child was not equipped for high school work and she was exceedingly bright. There are a couple of wonderful teachers but they are few and far between. For the most part this school which began as a response to desegregation in the mid-70s is a below par education.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student here and have been here since kindergarden (they didnt have pre-k when i started) and i love this school. I love how the teachers teach and they push you very hard to learn things. Sometimes we get annoyed with all the work we put in to our work but we know that it will pay off when we grow older. We don't even pay attention to how small the school is or that it doesn't have a gym. For gym we get to go places like swimming bowling or to whetstone park. A foreign language is required starting at pre-k. I LOVE IT!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great dedicated teachers and an amazing hands on curriculum.

  • (6 years ago)

    Clintonville Academy is such a wonderful school because it is small school with BIG support from our teachers families and community!

  • (6 years ago)

    CA teachers encourage students to be independent and community minded at the same time. This is an amazing feat! We came from one of the area's highly regarded suburban schools but CA is a much better fit. Okay the facilities are sub-par but my daughter will tell you the school is perfect anyway.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school is better than the Columbus Public Schools but does not meet the expectations of the suburban schools. The middle school teachers are especially weak.

  • (7 years ago)

    While C.A. is small and its facilities are bare bones its faculty and administration provide what you want most for your children care devotion and most crucially your child's interest is their top priority. The teachers without exception are tremendous. It is a safe and loving space that my two children love going to every day. The faculty recognize their intellectual aspirations and rise to the occasion. This school doesn't have the elitism or piety of other schools in Central Ohio but if your primary concern is your child then this is the best place for them.

  • (7 years ago)

    Hands down the best value in education in Columbus. Administrators staff and teachers truly and constantly have the best interest of the students in mind. Their dedication perseverance and common sense are reflected in the quality of the well-rounded individuals who have had the privilege of attending Clintonville Academy. Happy bright intelligent fit courteous environmentally and community aware students pretty much says it all.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son attended Clintonville Academy for 9 years and is a Junior in High School. His excellent education at CA became even more evident as we realized how well prepared he was for high school work in comparison to most of his new classmates. The closeness of the staff and students really prepared him to excell both academically and socially. I miss them all.

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