The New Albany-Plain Local School District (NAPLS) serves approximately 4,850 students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, and covers an area of 23 square miles, including the City of New Albany, Plain Township, and neighborhoods within a small portion of the City of Columbus.
NAPLS features a unique learning environment for its students, with all of its schools and support facilities located on an 80-acre college-style campus. The schools are designed in a Georgian architectural style, connected by tree-lined walkways and surrounded by a 120-acre nature preserve. From the “Jeffersonian-style” Library-Information Center to the Environmental Land Lab and high-tech classrooms, the learning environment is as unique as it is functional, creating outstanding educational opportunities for its students.
NAPLS has set a goal to become one of the nation’s top-performing school districts and it continues to build a legacy as one of Ohio’s most respected school districts. All of the district’s schools have earned an “Excellent” rating on their State of Ohio Report Cards, and the district has earned the state’s top rating for nine-consecutive years. New Albany-Plain Local Schools has been recognized not only at the state level, but at the national level as well. NAPLS is one of the few districts in the nation with all of its schools having earned “Blue Ribbon” status from the U.S. Department of Education.
Marburn Academy is a not-for-profit, independent, day school devoted to serving the educational needs of bright students with learning differences such as dyslexia and ADHD. Opened in 1981 with 12 students, Marburn now educates over 300 students year-round. Marburn Academy is the only school in Central Ohio with academic and co-curricular programs designed to address the full range of unique learning and personal development needs of children with learning differences such as dyslexia and ADHD. Students from approximately 25 Central Ohio communities attend the school.
The school recently built a new facility on 17 acres at 9555 Johnstown Road across from the Plain Township Fire Department. The building’s exterior reflects the Georgian architectural style for which New Albany is known, while the interior features state-of-the-art technology, adaptive classrooms, and an energizing design palette. At full capacity the building will hold 350 students in grades 1-12.
The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany is designed to embrace healthy living through community activities, events and personalized wellness and disease prevention. Community programming includes classes for residents of all ages in areas including fitness, disease prevention, cooking demonstrations and more.
Since 2002, the New Albany Community Foundation has presented renowned lecturers to the community and to area students. From Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and historians to a former Secretary of State, a former Prime Minister and two United States Presidents, the Foundation remains committed to supporting lifelong learning opportunities in New Albany for adults and students alike. Two former U.S. secretaries of defense, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, headlined the annual Remarkable Evening which is held annually at the residence of Leslie and Abigail Wexner in New Albany.
Held at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, the Jefferson Series is a collection of stimulating forums featuring some of the world’s most compelling and esteemed thinkers of our time. The series has featured a roundtable discussion between oil magnate, philanthropist and energy expert, T. Boone Pickens and Limited Brands founder and philanthropist, Leslie Wexner; Pulitzer Prize winning historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin and United States Senator and Astronaut, John Glenn with his wife, Annie.
The New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is yet another great story of collaboration in New Albany. In 2002, the New Albany Community Foundation collaborated with the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) to endow over $1 million for book collections and technology enhancements for the New Albany Branch Library. CML is consistently rated as one of the top libraries in America. The success of the Foundation’s Library Fund cleared the way for construction of a new, regional public library.
Since its dedication, the library has served the community in a myriad of ways, such as weekly Baby Lap Time; teen programs throughout the year; reading clubs for children, teens and adults each summer; Job Help Centers, where job hunters receive assistance with their search and preparation; Toddler Storytime, books, music and rhymes to set toddlers on the road to reading; and Preschool Storytime, books, songs, stories and surprises intended to help preschoolers learn to love reading.
In December 2007 the building which houses the library was named in honor of Charlotte P. Kessler in recognition of a significant gift to the library and for her outstanding, long-time service to the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Throughout the year, the New Albany Chamber of Commerce offers professional development programs, seminars and workshops to help Chamber members’ professional growth and development at special discounted rates.
These Leadership Academy sessions are geared to young professionals and some toward the executive level or business owner professional. With a wide range of timely and up-to-date topics, this is a great way to learn new skills to improve your organization and yourself while keeping a competitive edge in today’s business world. Past sessions included Leadership from Any Seat, Innovation as Competitive Advantage, Managing Your Career, The Leadership Contract, Personal Branding, StrengthsFinder and the R Factor Series.