School Tours

Many Languages, One Philosophy (High School)

Wednesday, November 4 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This half day tour introduces you to the Columbus International School. Opened in 2010, Columbus International High School was created to foster an education that is relevant to the global world in which we live. The school has strong collaborative ties with The Ohio State University, Columbus Council on World Affairs, and CI PASSPORT (Providing Assistance to Support School Programs, Opportunities, Research, and Travel),  creating a community school with a global outlook. Classes are taught in several languages, the school librarian speaks French when called for, and the rest of the staff represents four different continents, 11 different countries, and 10 different languages.

The school librarian is involved in much of the curriculum taught, serving as one of the coordinators of the International Seminar Program. This four-year course progression begins with an overview of global issues, includes an exhibition day in which they present their projects to other students, teachers, and community members; and culminates in a capstone project that answers an inquiry question of the student’s choice.

Registration
An additional registration fee of $30 is required in advance of the event.


This Library Is Wild! (Middle School)

Wednesday, November 4 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This half day tour will introduce you to Weaver Middle School, one of three middle schools in the Hilliard City School district located in central Ohio and home to 15,700 students. Weaver has approximately 900 7th and 8th grade Wildcats.  In the 2015-2016 school year, Hilliard City School district will be phasing in 1:1 iPads for middle school students. While the building itself is not new, the school library has undergone renovations to become a learning commons that includes new technology and furniture to enhance collaborative learning. The library program is integrated into most curricular areas. The school librarian, although not new to the district, is in her second year at Weaver Middle School and is active at the state and national level and brings that depth of knowledge and passion to this program.

Registration
An additional registration fee of $35 is required in advance of the event.


Private Schools of Distinction: Boys vs Girls
(Independent Schools)

Thursday, November 5 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This half-day tour will showcase two of the premiere private schools in Columbus. Saint Charles is a Catholic school for young men in grades 9 through 12. As a renowned college prep high school, Saint Charles boasts a nearly 100% college acceptance rate. The library is located in what had originally been the Upper Chapel, and the beautiful artwork and stain glass windows, which depict the life of Jesus and the Blessed Mother imported from Germany, were left in place, creating what many say is the most beautiful school library in Columbus. It is an inspired space for learning enhanced by 21st century technology.

Also on this tour is Columbus School for Girls, founded in 1898 as a college preparatory school for girls designed to foster intellectual growth and personal achievement to thrive in a global community. It has classes for students in pre-K through 12 grades. The strong library program adheres to this philosophy “underlying each of our goals is a firm understanding of the dual role that libraries play in both supporting and leading the educational program of the school.”  This dual role is evidenced by the extensive academic resources and the extraordinary leadership of the librarians, not just within the school, but in the greater library community as well.

Registration
An additional registration fee of $35 is required in advance of the event.


Two Programs, One Library? (Elementary School)

Thursday, November 5 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This half day tour will introduce you to Barrington Elementary School. Upper Arlington is a suburb of Columbus adjacent to The Ohio State University.  Established in 1918, the city prides itself on its excellent schools that most ably prepare students for college and to thrive and lead in the global world in which they live. With a total school district population of more than 5,800 students, Barrington is one of 5 elementary schools in the Upper Arlington School district.  Built in 1939 this historic building boasts an interesting dynamic by having two different educational program philosophies housed in the same building; and the school library embraces them both. This comprehensive school library program is the initial stepping stone for a K-12 program carefully designed by the Upper Arlington by its licensed school librarians to reflect state and national standards as well as strong literacy support.

Registration
An additional registration fee of $30 is required in advance of the event.