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Clintonville Go Public is committed to fostering connections with students and families who will eventually join us at Dominion and Whetstone. To that end, we also provide fundraising support to elementary schools within the larger Whetstone Pathway. For more information on our giving history, please visit our Donors Choose profile to learn how we have supported teachers at the following schools.

Clinton Elementary School


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  • Principal: Patricia Price
  • Address: 10 Clinton Heights Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
  • Phone: (614) 365-6532

“Be kind. Be fair. Do your best. Be a friend.” These school rules hang in the lobby of Clinton Elementary to set the tone of the interactions that take place throughout the school community. As the neighborhood elementary school for the southern part of Clintonville, Clinton Elementary houses kindergarten through fifth grade. Clinton teachers are experienced and well qualified. They have an average of 16 years of teaching experience and 57% hold a Master’s degree. These excellent teachers are led by Principal Patricia Price.

Clinton Elementary embraces traditional classroom teaching that is supplemented with visits from guest scholars and field trips. Visiting authors and artists stop in frequently to share their knowledge with the kids. Students travel across the city and the state to learn through experience. Some of the Columbus field trips include visits to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Franklin Park Conservatory, and the Columbus Zoo. Every year, fifth graders spend two nights at an outdoor camp.

All students take weekly art, music, gym, and computer classes. The annual spring Art Show and Silent Auction allows students to share their creativity with their classmates and parents. The school also boasts a number of wellness-related initiatives, like bi-monthly Try It Tuesdays, indoor-recess yoga classes, and an annual Field Day. The music department holds assemblies for the students to perform for one another, and several after school clubs are offered, such as Chess Club, Destination Imagination, and MLK Oratory Club, in which students perform their own speeches at the city-wide MLK Oratory Contest.

Colerain Elementary School


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  • Principal: Candace Nespeca
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  • Address: 499 E. Weisheimer Road, Columbus, OH 43214
  • Phone: (614) 365-6001

With the motto, “Our Emphasis is On Excellence,” Colerain Elementary sets a high bar for all its All Stars. Colerain Elementary School teaches preschool through fifth grade with a low student to teacher ratio. Teachers at Colerain are highly skilled educators with an average of 19 years experience. Colerain Elementary has classes especially for the orthopedically impaired and medically fragile for all grade levels, as well as classes for typical neighborhood and lottery students. Students with orthopedic impairments are integrated with their typical peers whenever possible. This provides a unique learning atmosphere that promotes diversity and social interaction among all students.

Colerain’s staff and students place great importance on respect and they state clearly, “We are family!” They have strong ties to their pathway schools as well as OSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine, which visits the school each year and brings horses, dogs, reptiles, and birds to teach the kids about animals. Music programs, art shows, and field trips to places such as COSI, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus Museum of Art, and the Columbus Zoo boost an already outstanding educational program. During the winter months, when getting outside can be limited, students stay engaged by participating in interest groups that range from Crazy Critters to Sculpting to Dance. Coding classes are offered to the older students and have quickly become one of the most popular after school activities.

The school also hosts annual events that bring students, teachers, and staff together. These events include Field Day, and Family Night, which is held in the spring and celebrates the amazing progress made by the students each school year. A talent show also takes place each spring in conjunction with the pathway middle school, Dominion. Colerain students get the opportunity to perform on Dominion’s stage and then do a repeat performance at Colerain in the afternoon. In recent years, Colerain has hosted performances by The Columbus Symphony, Columbus Children's Theatre, and The Columbus Opera.

Como Elementary School


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  • Principal: Summer Anthony
  • Address: 2989 Reis Ave Columbus, OH 43224
  • Phone: (614) 365-6013

Como Elementary has fully implemented Common Core Standards in math, reading, science, social studies, writing, and health. Art, music, library, computer lab, and physical education are also part of each student’s weekly schedule at Como. Band, strings, choir and hand bell choir are offered to interested students at the intermediate grade levels. Our students with special needs receive individualized classroom instruction, are mainstreamed when appropriate, and receive support from Columbus City Schools Occupational & Physical Therapy, and the Adaptive Physical Education Departments. Support services for students include: a guidance counselor, psychologist, social worker, nurse, reading tutors, special education tutors, and a speech pathologist. The Como staff, students and families practice PBIS-positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports. This program is a proactive approach for all students to achieve success. Children are asked to Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible in all areas of the school.

The students have the opportunity to participate in Character Education, Career Day, Field Day, Safety Patrol, Science Fair, Choir, Battle of The Books, Dragon Fun Day and educational field trips in and around the greater Columbus area. Como School also provides after school tutoring in the areas of Reading and Math for identified students. Como Elementary is proud to work with several community partners each year. Current partnerships include Oakland Park United Methodist Church and Beth Tikvah Synagogue.

Indian Springs Elementary School


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  • Principal: Megan Noble
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  • Address: 50 E. Henderson Road, Columbus, OH 43214
  • Phone: (614) 365-6032

“We are I.S.E. We are Intelligent. We are Safe. We are Empathetic.” At Indian Springs Elementary School, the neighborhood school for the north part of Clintonville and south Beechwold, the behavioral expectations Intelligence, Safety, and Empathy are instilled in students throughout each day. Serving kindergarten through fifth grade, Indian Springs is led by Principal Megan Noble. Indian Springs’ staff members have an average of 14 years teaching, and nearly 80% hold a Master’s degree. Additionally, 3 teachers are Nationally Board Certified. IS teachers strive to provide a positive, child-centered learning environment where instruction is geared to each child’s level. Academic achievement, while instilling the joy of lifelong learning in students, is a focus. Intervention and enrichment specialists to support differentiated learning are provided, as well as Gifted Math and Reading instruction in grades 3-5.

All students take art, music, gym and library. Choir and instrumental students are highlighted through performances. Partnerships with Dominion Middle School and Whetstone High School allow children to experience plays and music during assemblies at Indian Springs or walking field trips to these schools.

Students enjoy events such as Spirit Days, Family Literacy Night, Math/Science Night, Artists in the Schools, author visits, 4th/5th grade camp, the Momentum program through BalletMet, a school carnival and many more. Throughout the school year, students can participate in a variety of enrichment clubs such as Mileage Club, Chess Club, and Math Club, among others. Student Council, Invention Convention, Spelling Bee, Read-a-Thon, BizTown, Battle of the Books, and Field Day, as well as trips to COSI, the Columbus Zoo, and other locations are also offered.

Parents and the community are essential partners in each student’s educational success. Indian Springs is proud to have visible parent involvement with many opportunities for our families to take part in fundraising and community building events. ISE has an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which supports the goals of the school in a number of ways.

Salem Elementary School


Salem Elementary School is a community of students, families and staff that celebrates diversity and learning in a safe environment.

Our Salem family strives to create an atmosphere where security, a sense of belonging, and individuality are valued and encouraged. Each child will successfully reach his/her potential intellectually, personally, socially, technologically and culturally. We strive to help all children achieve a better understanding of themselves and others so that they may develop habits and attitudes leading to responsible behavior. Our staff is dedicated to teaching our students to achieve academic and social excellence. We show our commitment to our students, parents, and community by setting high standards. We expect academic excellence, respect, discipline, and success that will equip our students to become productive lifelong learners.

Salem offers two ESL programs, one at the primary level and one at the intermediate level. Students are integrated into regular education classrooms and pulled out to work with our ESL teachers during the day.

Salem is a OSU, Literacy Collaborative research school. We implement Reading Recovery for first grade students who are below grade level. Students who struggle in grade 3-5 will be placed in LLI group to begin address reading and writing in English.

Students are offered an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including: chess club, student council, math club, band or string ensemble, field trips, International Day, Fall Festival Day, Career Day and Field Day, Math-A-Thon, Operation Feed, White Christmas, and the Shoe Fund Drive. Recognition of student achievement occurs through monthly assemblies celebrating Star Students. The Principal’s Lunch Bunch and special drawings for those “caught being good” also occur monthly.

Weinland Park Elementary School


Our mission at Weinland Park Elementary School is committed to supporting all students, family and staff. In partnership with our community members, we are devoted to nurturing the whole child through a positive collaborative environment. Our continuous professional growth and high expectations allow us to foster excellence in student achievement to develop lifelong learners. Our focus on strong instructional leadership, quality instructional time, and high expectations will ensure our students are meeting the challenges of the 21st century. We believe in dignity for all students through a quality, content-driven curriculum. The Weinland Park STARS (Smart ~ Tolerant ~ Articulate ~ Respectful = Successful) believe that success breeds success.

Our PreK program has been awarded a 5 star rating. Our value added is a C, meaning we increased student learning by an average of one year; this is a true indicator of student achievement because it is less about where students end up at the end of the year, and more about how far they grew throughout it. We experienced a drastic increase in student achievement on the 4th and 5th grade math assessment, outperforming the district in both.

Our third grade teacher, Tiffany Tynes Curry was the only Ohio teacher to receive the prestigious Milken Educator Award, an award that is given to only up to 35 teachers across the country. Additionally, Principal Rhonda Peeples (being succeeded by Dr. Porsha Robinson-Ervin for the 2017-18 school year) was the recipient of the 2017 National Distinguished Principal honor from the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators.

Weinland Park Elementary adheres to the district’s code through school uniforms. Navy blue or tan pants, skirts, jumpers or knee length shorts and white, yellow, light blue, red or dark blue tops with collars may be worn.

Weinland Park Elementary uses Columbus City Schools’ reading program based on the Common Core Standards. This program deepens reading comprehension through phonics, vocabulary, reading fluency, and written responses. To further support reading and writing instruction grades one through three are enhanced by Literacy Collaborative. During the 90 minute math learning block, students are engaged in authentic, hands-on math activities that challenge their thinking. Every student receives 30 minutes of social studies, science, and writing instruction daily.

Parent volunteers, informal parent meetings and in-services provide parents numerous opportunities to be involved at school. Parent Consultants are available to assist our school in increasing parental engagement opportunities.

We have community partnerships with Godman Guild, The Ohio State University, Ohio Tech Corps in collaboration with OSU Women in Technology, College Mentors, Community For New Directions, Veritas Church, Boy Scouts, and various churches and faith-based organizations.

Weinland Park Elementary offers a traditional school calendar. A part-time psychologist, counselor, nurse, mentoring and tutoring services, gifted and talented services, infusion of technology in all classrooms, and a premier unified arts program are also available.

Godman Guild offers an on-site after school program to serve students in grades K-5. Limited spaces are available.

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