Welcome from Head of School
Welcome to Columbus School for Girls.
For 125 years, CSG has lived its mission to empower girls to discover their distinct potential as learners and leaders. Miss Kelley and Miss Scott founded the School in 1898 because they believed in the boundless potential of girls and women to learn and to lead. These trailblazing women created a school where girls would be given the opportunity to study in a space that was intentionally designed for them. Each day in our classrooms, on our fields, in our theaters, and on our playgrounds, we remain committed to continuing this founding purpose.
Decades of research tells us that when girls have a chance to learn in a place where everything is centered around what is best for them, they thrive. In girls’ schools, students gain the knowledge and confidence to disrupt the limitations that society often puts on them. They are provided with experiences that allow them to break barriers, ask challenging questions, and create new ideas. In girls’ schools, every girl is a scholar, a leader, a change-maker, a sister, and a friend.
Our curriculum and approach to academic scholarship are designed to maximize learning outcomes for girls, centering their needs and creating space for them to achieve at their highest potential. From our youngest learners in the Program for Young Children to the seniors in our Upper School, CSG girls are learning the critical skills necessary to be scholars, leaders, and engaged citizens of our ever-changing, global world. They achieve academically, learning important content that prepares them for college and career. CSG students also develop important habits of mind that will sustain them long after they graduate–critical thinking, flexibility, collaboration, empathy, cultural competency, communication, and innovative creativity. Whether it’s using design thinking to build a new play structure in our PYC, coding robots in our Lower School, analyzing literature in Middle School, or studying contemporary world issues in history in our Upper School, there is deep and joyful learning happening here.
At CSG, we believe girls should learn in spaces that cultivate their confidence in their capacity to make a unique contribution to the world. CSG girls are encouraged to take healthy risks because they are explicitly taught to believe in their innate abilities, and they know they will have support through failure as they learn persistence and develop resilience. CSG students use their voices, know their power, and when they graduate, they join a powerful network of generations of alumnae who navigate the world with strength and grace.
Our motto, forte et gratum, is alive in everything that we do. We build young women of strong character who know how to navigate life’s challenges with strength and grace. They are building their capacity to follow their internal compasses, to practice empathy, to seek understanding, and to do so with a depth of knowledge that allows them to meet any challenge by solving problems creatively and leaving the world a better place. At CSG, our students learn to lead authentically and inspire others to do the same.
We believe that there is only one place in Central Ohio where a girl can truly thrive, and that place is Columbus School for Girls. Our promise to every student who matriculates through our program is that she will understand herself as a scholar, uncover her voice, develop agency, and cultivate the efficacy she needs to fully know her power.
CSG is a special place. We invite you to learn more about what distinguishes our school from the rest, and to join us on campus to experience the magic of a school that puts girls first. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Camille J.L. Seals
Head of School
I am humbled to serve Columbus School for Girls as we work together to envision the future of the school and advance the mission of empowering girls to discover their distinct potential as learners and leaders.