Welcome to
Clintonville Academy

We’re an independent and intentionally small pre-K through 8th grade private school located in the heart of Clintonville, OH

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 We teach your kids the way we would teach our own kids: provide a challenging curriculum, instill character and citizenship, and give unmatched student attention.


Founded in 1978, an engaged group of parents and teachers built – and have sustained – a high-performing school around a community mindset and whole child development while upholding a strong pedagogy and hands-on approach to primary school learning.


We view being a small school as an educational advantage. It gives us freedom and flexibility to employ tailored strategies that work best for our students without sacrificing the high standards for academic achievement that we expect.

We are a school that focuses on the educational growth and development of the whole child – intellect, character, citizenship, cultural appreciation, creativity, social interaction, personal ethics, and emotional and physical well-being.

Stop by one of our upcoming Welcome Wednesday events between 9am-10:30am to learn more about our school. If you’d like to schedule your tour, use the button below. But – no appointment necessary! Tour our facilities, visit classrooms, ask questions. See our whole child philosophy in action, and see why Clintonville Academy is a Small School, Smart Choice!
January 29 • February 5 • February 19 • February 26

From Our Director

“It’s been my pleasure to serve as Director of Clintonville Academy since 1988. In that time, I’ve seen so many students thrive in our nurturing environment, and grow into their potential as learners and future difference-makers. We’re a tight-knit community who believes wholeheartedly in the priority of investing in your children, and helping grow them as citizens of the world who will make a profound impact where they work and live.”

– Sally Lindsay

From Our Parents

“We chose Clintonville Academy six years ago, because of their whole-child philosophy and affordability. We’ve stayed for the diverse student body and the inclusive environment.”

Amy Hoskinson | Elaine Hauser

We prioritize disciplined learning while also providing for individual freedom and creativity – and believe that a child learns best when she is aware that teachers and parents are concerned about and interested her as an individual.

The Clintonville Academy Summer Program is for kids whose parents work every day and need great childcare, or for kids who just need a little something extra to do for a day or more each week. Students entering kindergarten through the seventh grade are invited to participate! Click the button below to download the program and registration details.
Field Trips • Arts & Crafts • Water Games • Outdoor Play

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Our Pre-K and Kindergarten programs provide full-day instruction, five days per week, and approach learning in fun, creative ways that involve field trips, fine arts, physical education – even introduction to a foreign language (French or Spanish). We offer before & after school care, and are proud of the srong family and community involvement with these young students.

From Pre-K Teacher, Mrs. Kitts

“When I joined the staff at Clintonville Academy, I was thrilled to find that our small school was everything I wanted as a teacher. I work with other teachers who grow as a team, and strive to create a productive learning environment. Our pre-kindergarten program is about helping children be excited to learn and investigate their world – and giving them the tools they need to move on successfully into our Kindergarten program.”

From Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Smith

“When I think of Clintonville Academy, I think of family. Every student that walks through door is “my” kiddo. In the Kindergarten program, we focus on getting to know each other in fun ways, and we use engaging, hands-on activities to learn about our world and ourselves – – all in a way that translates to a big “win” in 1st Grade and beyond.”

We believe small class size is extremely significant in the elementary and middle school years; that the educational process of the child should be governed by logic and reason; and that value should be placed upon subjective considerations such as his emotions, imagination, creativity, and desires.



• Boys / Girls Basketball

Event Info
Girls vs Beautiful Savior Lutheran @ 5:00 p.m.

Boys vs Beautiful Savior Lutheran @ 6:00 p.m.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran School 2213 White Rd. Grove City *TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED*



• IOWA Tests makeup



• Board Meeting

• Boys Basketball

Event Info
Boys vs. Elite @ 6:30 p.m.

Johnson Park Middle School 1130 South Waverly St.



• Field Trip

• Boys / Girls Basketball

Event Info
Field Trip:

Lincoln Theatre – Pre-K thru 3rd Departure Time: 9:25 Return Time: 11:30

Boys / Girls Basketball:

Girls vs BCB @ 6:00 p.m. Boys vs BCB @ 6:45 p.m. Dominion Middle School 330 Dominion Blvd. *TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED*



• Boys / Girls Basketball

Event Info
Girls vs Columbus Adv. Academy @ 7:15 p.m. Boys vs Columbus Adv. Academy @ 8:00 p.m. Johnson Park Middle School 1130 South Waverly St.




• Field Trip(s)

Event Info
1st / 2nd / 3rd Grades:
Van Fleet Theatre 549 Franklin St. Departure time: 9:30 a.m. Return time: 11:30 a.m.

3rd / 4th / 5th Grades:
Lincoln Theatre – 3rd, 4th, 5th 769 E. Long St. Departure Time: 12:00 p.m. Return Time: 2:00 p.m.


3916 Indianola Avenue
Columbus, OH 43214

School Hours

M-F: 8am – 3pm
Weekends: Closed



Enrollment for the 2020-2021 season is underway.
Schedule your tour – we’d love to meet you!