Gahanna Christian Academy

GCA is a daycare, preschool and K-8 Christian school located in Gahanna, OH. Our mission is to unleash the power of every child to change the world through our innovative hands-on environment. Come check us out!

Our academy is a Christian school, educating children and teenagers from preschool to high school. We specialize in STEM learning and provide a curriculum where our students learn in a fast-paced and innovative environment. For more information about a progressive education with project-based learning for your child, contact our school today!

Mission: Providing quality, Christ-centered education in an engaging, fast-paced, and innovative environment.

Merry Christmas from Gahanna Christian Academy to your family! We rejoice and celebrate the gift of Jesus this season!

We hope you enjoy this season with your families. We will be on Christmas Break for the next two weeks. Students will return on January 6, 2020!

Note: Our infant/toddler daycare is open during this time - parents should check Kinderlime or our calendar for details on daycare closures.

[12/19/19]   We're seeing a high number of students with fevers and signs of illness! πŸ€’

Nurse Jenny shares some important information about how to decide when to stay home:

❌ Fever = Do not come to school. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of medication like Tylenol or Motrin) before returning to school.

❌ Signs of a fever = sweating, chills, headache, aching muscles can be signs that a fever is coming and students with these symptoms should stay home!

❓ Consider staying home if your child has INTENSE symptoms of nausea, headaches or congestion.

πŸ™ Please keep your child home if they are sick to help prevent the unnecessary spread of illness.

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." - Steve Jobs

Students at our exhibition shared their small business ideas, their start-up charities and their passion projects.

It's important that our students understand that they can learn while doing what they love ❀️ so that one day they will work doing what they love.

Archeology digs are so cool! β›πŸ¦– We may not be able to travel to a dig site but we can practice our skills right here.

Check this out! Our students in 3rd and 4th grade have been considering how people should show empathy to animals. They visited the zoo, completed extensive research on different habitats and species and the issues they face, the class read novels and had deep discussions.

To share what they learned, they transformed their room into 4 habitats and created robot animals that are controlled through coding to travel the habitat.

GCA Pep Rally at Community Time ! πŸ€—πŸŽ‰

Kindergarten Ecology Study

Check out this video to see what we mean by project based learning.

Our students dive deep into their studies. This video recaps a study last year by our Kindergarten class. Their study on ecology included bird watching, problem-solving for birds who are loosing their habitats and prototype building solutions to protect birds.

Message us if you want to know more about enrolling for the 2020-21 school year!

Christmas: The Remix

Written and Directed by Alexandra Dolly, 8th Grade. Our students brought the Christmas Story to life through this modern rendition. A video will be posted soon so that you can enjoy the drama, comedy and joy for yourself.

Written and Directed by Alexandra Dolly, 8th Grade. Our students brought the Christmas Story to life through this modern rendition. A video will be posted soon so that you can enjoy the drama, comedy and joy for yourself.

5th - 8th Grade Christmas Program (and Finale!)

Our 5th through 8th Grade students performed Noel, Angels We Have Heard On High and O Come All Ye Faithful. All of our 2nd through 8th Grade students closed out the finale with Joy to the World.

This was an amazing show and we love to see our students shine!

Our 5th through 8th Grade students performed Noel, Angels We Have Heard On High and O Come All Ye Faithful. All of our 2nd through 8th Grade students closed out the finale with Joy to the World.

This was an amazing show and we love to see our students shine!

2nd - 4th Grade Christmas Program 2019

Our 2nd through 4th Grade students performed God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Starlight and O What a Glorious Night. It was fantastic!

Our 2nd through 4th Grade students performed God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Starlight and O What a Glorious Night. It was fantastic!

Preschool through 1st Grade Christmas Program 2019

We had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas with our student performances. Well done, everyone!

We had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas with our student performances. Well done, everyone!

Our Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes followed the lead of one of their classmates and took a deep dive into Vikings after he shared his passion and knowledge with them.

Being student-led doesn't stop at what station students choose during center-time or with choosing a group... students guide EVERYTHING we do here.

Teachers don't have a curriculum that tells them how to follow our students passions - they don't know where the discussions will lead day-to-day - but they continue to create opportunities that bring our students' passions to life.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! ✨ We loved watching our students share their experiences and work with their families at Exhibition Night!

It's also time ⏰ for enrollment! We have started enrolling for the 2020-21 school year. Give the gift of an exciting, engaging educational experience - enrollment fees are $75 OFF until February 1, 2020 but space is limited.

Join us Thursday, December 12th at 6:30 P.M. for our Christmas concert.

πŸ“Œ All students will be performing from preschool through 8th grade and doors open at 6:00 P.M.

πŸ“Œ Our 2nd through 8th graders will be performing a play written by one of our students, "Christmas: The Remix!" You won't want to miss it!

Hands-on discovery is not just about engaging students in the classroom or incorporating "play" 🧐 it's about giving our students an opportunity to discover for themselves.

Here, one of our pre-kindergarten students tells us which items are sinking and which items are floating. When asked what material we should use to make a boat, she pauses and says, "Wood! Because you don't want to sink in the ocean!" 🚒

We could tell her that wood is a good material for boat-making but it's more powerful for her to discover that herself 🧠

DOUBLE your #GivingTuesday donation by supporting us. A generous donor has committed to matching our donations this year so your gift will go TWICE AS FAR.

About half of our students use a low income scholarship that creates a $2,000 funding gap each year. Will you help us continue to provide high quality education to our students?

πŸ‘‰ DONATE to us through The Columbus Foundation: https://columbusfoundation.org/the-giving-store/nonprofit-directory-listing/GahannaChristianAcademy/6493

Giving Tuesday is a day where people all over the world recognize that giving back is just as important as giving gifts to the ones we love.

This year, will you consider giving back to the students of Gahanna Christian Academy?

Every dollar donated will be matched (up to $60,000) by a generous donor so it's the perfect time to give! No donation is too small to help us further our mission to unleash the power of every child to change the world! 🌎

πŸ‘‰Donate through our page on The Columbus Foundation here: https://columbusfoundation.org/the-giving-store/nonprofit-directory-listing/GahannaChristianAcademy/6493

Thanksgiving is almost here! πŸ˜‹ How will your student help in this kitchen this year?

Cooking is a great learning experience! πŸ‘‰ Young students can use all their senses to learn new vocabulary and can help do simple tasks like taste testing and mixing! πŸ‘‰ Older students can practice math with measuring, doubling a recipe and following directions.

There's nothing like seeing the pride on our student's faces when they have worked hard to accomplish something!

We want our students to learn early on that they have a lot to offer our community and to be proud of their contributions. So we provide a lot of opportunities for students of all ages to display, present and promote their work.

Last week a few of our students had the honor of participating in the Youth Leadership Association's Government Seminar. This 3-day experience included visits to the Statehouse, Ohio Supreme Court, a mock legislative and judicial session and a meeting with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

Tomorrow is the last day to turn in Eagle Card sales. The highest seller and one lucky student drawn from the raffle will win their choice of a 4-pack of Super Passes to Scene 75 or a Family Membership to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium!

Please bring in your money or remaining unsold cards to the Main Office by Tomorrow November 22.

Winners will be announced on November 26!

πŸ’₯ Message us if you want to purchase one and don't know a current student. We will mail one to you!

City Of Gahanna - City Hall

Last night Mayor Kneeland joined GCA student Abby Nichols in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for her project called the "Buddy Bench." Abby said this about her project: "My Buddy Bench would be placed on the grounds of the school and it would be for students who might get picked on or feel as though they don't fit in. When kids or teens sit on it, people will notice them and ask if they want to come play or be friends... My mission statement is 'Always love, respect, live in peace, violence is never the solution, respect is the answer.'"

Did you know that according to the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report, the top 3 skills employers will need most are:

βœ… Analytical Thinking and Innovation
βœ… Active Learning and Learning Strategies (ability to keep learning)
βœ… Creativity, Originality and Initiative

Full Report: http://reports.weforum.org/future-of-jobs-2018/?doing_wp_cron=1573221373.6285009384155273437500

I spy FOUR students in the classic "thinking pose" πŸ€” Can you spot them too?

Mrs. Mary's class is deep in thought πŸ’­ about their in-depth study on how we might show empathy for animals. πŸ˜πŸŸπŸ“

When students are engaged in their learning, they are more likely to retain their knowledge. Projects like this one help students develop critical and analytical thinking skills that will come in handy way after Mrs. Mary's class is over.

GIRL POWER in MATH CLASS

β€œDon't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
- Mae Jemison, first African American woman astronaut in space

Be Different. Put in the Effort. Chase your Wildest Dreams!

Here are a few snapshots from last year's exhibition night! We are so excited to see our student's work on Tuesday night.

ALL are welcome and encouraged to attend. Feedback is a major part of our learning process at GCA and we need YOUR help to provide honest, insightful feedback on the work our students plan to present.

GCA Exhibition Night πŸ”Ή Tuesday, November 19 πŸ”Ή 6:00-7:30 PM

Thank you to local Gahanna businesses who have partnered with us on our biggest fundraiser of the year! Deals from Nothing Bundt Cakes, Jersey Mikes, E&D Construction, Cold Stone, Jet's Pizza and more!

βœ… Use the discounts on the card up to once a day ALL YEAR!
βœ… Make back your $10 in savings with just a couple uses!
βœ… Support our students and BUY A CARD today!

Don't know a student? Message us and we will mail you one!

Big smiles + Bright Classrooms + Busy Hands = Growing Minds

Future engineers, designers, architects, managers, the list is endless! ⏭️ Did you know that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven't even been created yet.

In 2030, these students will be finishing up high school. πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“ We are on a mission at GCA to prepare them with in-demand skills (like innovation, creativity and critical thinking) so they can enjoy fulfilling careers and make the world a better place in the process. #WorldChangers

Does anyone else think this table of 3rd and 4th grade girls looks a lot like a conference table with future CEOs, CFOs and Entrepreneurs?

One day soon they will replace their research on animals with financial reports, markups of business plans and blueprints of office expansion. πŸ“ˆπŸ“Š

With our help, they will be ready to take on any challenge. πŸ’ͺ#WorldChangers

Desks are overrated. Learning with your hands is WAY more fun πŸ’¦

These students are having fun while experimenting to see what items sink or float and how to make currents in the water. Soon they will apply this knowledge to discussions about ecosystems and engineering.

Who knows where their discovery will take them! The sky is the limit! #WorldChangers

Humanities with Mrs. Thornton is more than a class.

In this room, students discover what makes them tick, they ask hard questions and wrestle through big topics like civil rights, school violence, climate change and other issues that concern our students.

Come see what her students are talking about - join us for Student Exhibitions on November 19 from 6-7:30 PM.

Watch a snapshot of last year's Student Exhibitions so you know what to expect -- Hint: It's going to be FUN!

You're Invited! πŸ”Ή Tuesday, November 19 πŸ”Ή 6:00-7:30 PM

Don't let those smiles fool you -- We interrupted this team hard at work.

They will be sharing their prototypes at the Student Exhibition next week on November 19 at 6:00 PM.

Student Exhibitions create a platform for our students to share and present their work with parents and community members. YOU play a vital role in their growth -- your feedback will help them as they continue to make improvements on their prototypes.

β€œTo live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
-- Joseph Chilton Pearce

Every child is creative. Every child is curious. It's our job to give them opportunities to express their creativity and explore their curiosity without fear of doing it wrong.

The Kids of This Generation

"The kids of this generation can do more, can create more, can say more, can be more than we could ever imagine"
-Dr. April Domine, Head of School

Words are POWERFUL. This week GCA students heard from @MySpecialWord. Students discussed how words can empower them to believe in themselves and build up each other. #WorldChangers

It's safe to say that our weekly art time with Mr. B, our atelierista (Italian for "studio teacher") is one of our favorite!

In our Reggio Emilia inspired early childhood center, students are encouraged to try different artistic mediums to express themselves and their knowledge of the world around them.

Each week Mr. B works with students from toddler all the way to 8th grade to inspire and encourage individual creative expression.

Last week some of our 3rd and 4th graders got to play with our sphero robots in their Computer Science class. Students had to connect their robot to the computer and use the controls to complete tasks.

This challenge was to get the sphero in and out of the hula hoop... it's harder than it looks! But they dove in, tried lots of ideas, listened to each other and gave each other tips to figure it out! Good work, everyone!

Monday is Chapel Day!

We love taking the time to worship and learn about God together. GCA exists to develop world changing followers of Jesus and this is just one of the opportunities where we pause and focus on our mission together.

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Reminder that GCA (all ages and grades) will be CLOSED Monday, September 2 for Labor Day.

"Community is ingrained in our DNA by the Creator. We were not designed to exist in isolation and our students don’t learn in isolation either."

Read Dr. Domine's latest blog post on the importance of community at school and how we intentionally foster it throughout our learning environment.

https://www.gahannachristianacademy.com/stoke-the-fire/2019/8/29/community-is-everything

"How might we eliminate the causes of chaos by embracing our mark... so that the next generation can have a better life?"

Students started the year discussing issues that concerned them. Topics like gun violence, immigration, poverty, global warming and what's coming in their own next chapter of life came up.

If you didn't believe us before, believe it now - you are looking at a room full of #worldchangers

Read! Read! Read! πŸ“š πŸ“–

At GCA, students get creative about where they read πŸ™ƒ and we encourage students to read books that interest them!

If your student doesn't "like" reading then maybe they aren't reading the "right" thing! Find a new genre to try - mysteries, comics, biographies about their favorite athlete, tutorials about a video game, a magazine featuring a singer they love - the options are endless!

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Kindergarten Ecology Study
The Kids of This Generation
Kindergarten Video
Student Led Chapel Experiences

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817 N Hamilton Rd
Gahanna, OH
43230

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00
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