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About CSG

Columbus School for Girls: The only all-girl, Pre K-12 school in central Ohio

In 1898, Mary Bole Scott and Florence Kelley established Columbus School for Girls. Designed as a college preparatory educational program, the institution was created to replace the traditional “finishing school” young women often attended. 

The school was built at 662 E. Town St., and the first graduating class consisted of two girls, both of whom attended Wellesley College in the fall of 1899. As the years went by, the school became one of the most rigorous and progressive institutions in the Midwest. In 1927, it was incorporated as a nonprofit institution. In 1953, CSG moved to its current location at 65 S. Drexel Ave., and major campus expansion continued into the 1960s. 

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Since our inception, CSG has worked to empower girls to discover their distinct potential as learners and leaders. 






of students are accepted into one of their top-three schools



CSG students are educated by faculty who are experts in their fields of study.
41% of our Upper School faculty earned a doctoral degree.

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CSG students come from 51 zip codes and a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, representing all five major religions. 

Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

Columbus School for Girls celebrates diversity and is committed to becoming a more equitable and inclusive community where all members feel safe, connected, and respected. We define diversity broadly, considering each member’s race, religion, ethnicity,  sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socio-economic status, family structure, and physical ability as crucial components of that diversity. Our moral responsibility is to create an anti-racist environment that confronts all forms of bias. This work is core to an excellent education.

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