Kindergarten & Pre‐K

The Wedding of Q & U

We teach your kids the way we would teach our own kids.

By that we mean we provide a challenging curriculum, instill character and citizenship and give unmatched student attention. The purpose of our school is simple: to prepare our students for success, both inside and outside of the classroom. We focus on the “whole child” - focusing not just on academic, but also social and emotional development. At Clintonville Academy we believe in the potential of every student who walks through our doors. Our school is a diverse, warm and caring environment where your child is recognized for their talents and and areas of development.

Read on to learn more about our pre-K and Kindergarten programs and schedule a tour for you and your child.

Our Kindergarten & Pre-K Programs:

  • Provide full-day instruction, 5 days per week
  • Approach learning in a fun and creative way that develops the “whole child.”
  • Introduce foreign language (French or Spanish)
  • Involves learning experiences and field trips throughout the greater Columbus community
  • Include Fine Arts & Physical Education
  • Offer before & after school care
  • Are affordable
  • Are supported by strong family and community involvement

Schedule a Tour

Please call us at 614-267-2799 or fill out the short form below to schedule a tour with Clintonville Academy. We will be in touch with you within two business days. Clintonville Academy is located at 3916 Indianola Ave. Columbus, Ohio.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We know that choosing a school for your child is a major decision. Here are some answers to questions that we get most frequently regarding our Kindergarten and pre-K programs.

How old does my child need to be in order to enroll in pre-K and Kindergarten?

A child must be 4 years-old to enroll for pre-K for the 2019-20 school year. Children must be 5 years-old by August 31, 2019 in order to enroll in our Kindergarten program. We conduct a group assessment with all potential students to ensure they are well-prepared for the grade in which they wish to enroll.

How many students are in the pre-K and Kindergarten classes?

We intentionally keep class sizes small so that we can provide unmatched attention and focus on each student and family. The maximum for all grades is 20 students, except 13 students in our pre-K class.

What can I expect my child to learn in pre-K and Kindergarten?


In pre-K, we adopt a child-centered curriculum that utilizes structured play, activities and individual guidance to we establish a strong academic foundation for Kindergarten and beyond. Each child develops self-esteem, social, cognitive and physical skills in a safe, nurturing environment. Within this structure, we cover a variety of curriculum topics including:

  • Language and early literacy
  • Mathematics and number concepts
  • Science and S.T.E.M topics
  • Social Studies and Citizenship
  • Fine Arts (Art, Music, Dramatic Play)
  • Foreign Language
  • Health & Safety
  • Physical Development (e.g. gross and fine motor activities)
  • Technology


We pride ourselves on a balanced and developmentally appropriate approach to Kindergarten. Daily activities in Kindergarten are carefully planned to encourage joy and excitement in learning, independence, self-confidence and group cooperation. This is accomplished through a variety of techniques including whole group, small group and one-on-one instruction, directed and independent exploration and participation in a variety of hands-on interactive experiences. An extension of our pre-K program, core curriculum topics include:

Language and Literacy
Teaching the basics of reading is a cornerstone of our Kindergarten program. We use whole group, small centers and guided reading to get our young learners reading with confidence and fluency at their appropriate age level. We use a comprehensive, multi-sensory approach to foster a love of books, reading and writing.

Mathematics, including basic addition, subtraction, measurement and problem solving.

Science and Social Studies
Our themes often focus on specific science and social studies topics and we often integrate their study across all subject areas. We do simple science experiments, talk about forming hypotheses and gather and discuss data. We love fostering a desire to become strong thinkers and curious explorers!

Physical Development (gross and fine motor skills including swimming and bowling)

Foreign Language
We introduce students to either French or Spanish (depending upon year) and learn the basics of the language by the end of the year


Fine Arts including Art & Music.

When is the deadline for enrollment for 2019-20?

We accept applications for pre-K and Kindergarten until our classes are full. This has occurred as early as mid-March. We recommend taking a tour with Julie Liggett, our Registrar, and also arranging for your student to spend a day or half-day visiting the classroom. We can then assist with the necessary paperwork for enrollment.

What is the cost to attend Clintonville Academy?

Clintonville Academy is tuition-based, though one of the most affordable private school options in Central Ohio. All families are eligible and encouraged to take advantage of a $1,000 family service credit to the school.

Annual tuition is as follows:

Child Tuition With Service Credit
First Child $8,909 $7,909
Second Child $6,913
Third Child $5,424
Pre-K (3-Day Option) $5,200 N/A
Are financial assistance or scholarships available?

Clintonville Academy does accept a limited number of Ohio’s Ed Choice Scholarship. We strongly suggest that you work with the Registrar to ensure that all of the necessary paperwork has been completed.

How long is the school day for pre-K and Kindergarten students?

Our school day begins with a school-wide flag ceremony at 8:05 a.m. and the school day concludes at 3:05 p.m. each day.

I understand there is a service credit for families. What is this program?

Clintonville Academy is built on the belief that families actively involved in the operation of the school is a key ingredient for individual learning, growth and success. Therefore, we offer a $1,000 tuition discount (for the first child) if families participate in our service program. There are a variety of different committees and tasks that are available that accommodate a variety of talents and schedules. An overwhelming majority of families at CA participate in this program and find it to be very rewarding and fulfilling.

Does Clintonville Academy follow state standards and standardized tests?

All text materials are aligned with Ohio standards; however, our students perform above grade level because our expectations have always been very high. We pride ourselves on not “teaching to a test” while still covering all common core ideals.

We conduct a single standardized test each year: The Iowa Test of Basic Skills for Kindergarten through 8th grade. Our students’ scores for this test area always well above grade level in every grade. In fact, 40% of all students in grades 4 through 8 qualified to take the A.C.T and S.A.T with other talented students throughout the Midwest.

My student requires special accommodations. Can they attend Clintonville Academy?

We recognize the unique talents and needs of each child who attends CA and do our best to help all students reach their full potential. We are open to discussing how we can work together to create a plan tailored to your student’s needs and would recommend contacting our registrar to determine what accommodations are available so you can assess whether Clintonville Academy is a good fit for your child.

Other than a challenging curriculum, how are children enriched?

One of the core tenets of Clintonville Academy is the role of community. We relish and celebrate living in a city rich with unique opportunities for our students. Students attend numerous field trips (about one per month) each year from local farms, outdoor education centers, swimming education and community art installations to name a few. In addition, we host visiting authors and highlight our talented music, arts and theater groups. Finally, our 8th graders have the opportunity to visit Spain or France (depending upon their language of focus) toward the end of their tenure at Clintonville Academy.

Do you offer before and after school care?

Latchkey care is available starting at 7:15 AM in the morning. Our afternoon program provides care until 6:00 PM. There is an additional fee to utilize our Latchkey program.

What is your discipline policy?

We have designed a program based on Lee Canter’s Assertive Discipline plan. The same rules apply in each class; students learn to be responsible for their behavior. Conduct scores are given on quarterly reports. Our school wide average is conduct scores of 97% or higher each quarter. Students who are unable to abide by our rules do not stay at Clintonville Academy.