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New Albany | Plain Local School District

The New Albany-Plain Local School District is located in the heart of Ohio, about 20 miles northeast of Columbus. Founded in 1837, the Village of New Albany was primarily rural before significant residential and commercial development arrived some 150 years later. Unlike some suburban communities that have sprawling, unregulated growth, New Albany is developing as a "balanced" 21st Century village in which business enterprises, developers, and schools share a common vision. Partnerships are key elements in New Albany’s community growth.

The school district serves an area of 23 square miles, and features eight buildings on one, centrally-located campus. The schools are connected by tree-lined walkways, and are surrounded by an 80-acre nature preserve. New Albany-Plain Local School District provides education to approximately 4,325 students in grades K-12. NA-PL is the only school district in Ohio in which every school is designated a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. All of the district's schools have been accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

As part of the district’s underlying goal to adequately prepare its students who must learn to live and work successfully within the digital age, the Bring Your Learning Technology (BYLT) initiative began last year (2012-2013) and aims to integrate the use of students' personal learning technology in the classroom. BYLT is a policy change that recognizes the tremendous educational added value of online electronic content which is available anytime, anyplace. In addition, it clears the way for students, parents, teachers, and the community to establish a culture of Digital Citizenship –clear expectations about how we should all behave in a digital society. The BLYT initiative also reinforces the district’s mission: to ensure the development of high-achieving, ethical, self-directed and intellectually curious citizens of the world.

  • The Ohio Department of Education has rated New Albany-Plain Local School District “Excellent” for the past four years, and most recently “Excellent with Distinction.”
  • New Albany is one of few districts in the nation with all of its schools having earned “Blue Ribbon” status from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Ninety-five percent of the district’s graduates attend college, with eighty-seven percent of those attending four-year colleges or universities, including some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions.
  • SAT and ACT scores have increased; students taking Advanced Placement courses and test scores have also increased.
  • Technology proficiency guidelines have been implemented K-12
  • Arts opportunities are growing.
  • Character initiatives at all schools are being embraced by the students and the community.

 

New Albany High School | 7600 Fodor Road | New Albany, OH  43054 |
Phone: 614-413-8300, Fax: 614-413-8301

  • Bldg Secretary: Annie Looker
  • Interim Principal: Mark White
  • Asst. Principal: Steve Gehlert
  • Interim Asst. Principal: Adonis Bolden
  • Interim Dean of Students: Kristy Venne

     Amenities/Distinctions

  • New Albany High School is a four-year comprehensive high school. Population growth forced its expansion in 1996.
  • The Digital Eagle Innovation Center, located in the high school library, is designated for work on special multimedia projects assigned by students’ teachers.
  • The high school provides the College Center, a free resource available to all students, and students’ families, which guides students through the sometimes stressful process of applying for the perfect post-secondary education.  
  • As part of the 1996 expansion project, the school built a natatorium, which hosts home meets for the New Albany Swim and Dive team and is available to both the community and students. 
  • In 2008, officials built the McCoy Center for the Arts, which is a multi-use art center on campus.
  • New Albany is one of few districts in the nation with all of its schools having earned “Blue Ribbon” status from the U.S. Department of Education.

     Academic Performance

  • Students in the 10th grade at this school performed at a 98 percent proficiency rate on the Ohio Graduation Test’s reading portion in 2011.
  • Comparatively, the state average for reading was 87 percent in 2011. 
  • These students performed at a 97 percent proficiency rate on the social studies portion of the test.
  • The state average for social studies in that year was 80 percent. 
  • These students performed at a 94 percent proficiency rate on the science portion of the test.
  • The state average for science in that year was 75 percent. 
  • These students performed at a 99 percent proficiency rate on the writing portion of the test.
  • The state average for writing in that year was 90 percent. 
  • These students performed at a 98 percent proficiency rate on the math portion of the test.
  • The state average for math in that year was 83 percent.


New Albany Middle School | 6600 Dublin Granville Road | New Albany, OH 43054 | http://www.napls.us/middle/
Phone: 614-413-8500, Fax: 614-413-8501

  • Bldg Secretary: Francean Hughes
  • Interim Principal: Kip Greenhill
  • Asst. Principal: Elizabeth Gonda
  • Interim Asst. Principal: Robert Messenheimer

      Amenities/Involvement

  • Many clubs and enrichment activities are available to students, such as Adventure Club, Eagle Pride/SOAR Character Education Program, Junior Ohio Model United Nations, MathCounts, Power of the Pen, Science Olympiad, Ski Club, Spelling Bee, Student Council, Year Book and Youth to Youth.
  • The Middle School Digital Eagle Innovation Center allows middle school students the opportunity to work on special projects assigned by their teachers within a technologically focused environment.
  • The Talon Jr. is the middle school’s version of the high school’s newspaper The Talon; a thematic name inspired by the district’s mascot, the eagle.

     Academic Performance   

  • During the 2010-11 school year, 6th graders at this school met growth expectations on the state reading test, although they were below expectations on the math test.
  • Also in that year, 7th graders met expectations on the state reading test and exceeded expectations on the math test.
  • Meanwhile, 8th graders were below expectations on both the math and reading tests in that year.


New Albany 2-5 Elementary Elementary | 87 North High Street | New Albany, OH 43054 | http://www.napls.us/es25/
Phone: 614-413-8600, Fax: 614-413-8601

  • K-5 Head of School & 2-5 Principal: Jennifer Denny
  • Assistant Principals: Steve Lesco, Diana Smith
  • Dean of Students: Andy Roeth
  • Administrative Assistants: Donna Mercurio, Annie Looker


     The 2-5 Elementary School aims to make the following goals possible for its students through its developmentally appropriate practices:

  • Acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes for becoming lifelong learners.
  • Develop competency in effective communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making.
  • Become responsible citizens who contribute to the preservation of resources and the improvement of society.
  • Appreciate differences and increase understanding of self and others.
  • Establish habits of wellness, self-esteem, confidence, and independence to enhance the quality of life.

     Academic Performance

  • During the 2010-11 school year, 4th graders were above growth expectations on the state’s reading test as well as the state’s writing test.
  • During that same year, 5th graders were also above growth expectations on the state’s reading and writing tests.


New Albany K-1 Elementary | 5101 Swickard Woods Boulevard | New Albany, Ohio 43054  | www.napls.us/esk1/
Phone: 614-413-8700, Fax: 614-413-8701

  • K-5 Head of School & 2-5 Principal: Jennifer Denny
  • K-1 Principal: Scott Emery 
  • Administrative Assistant: Ginger Collins

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New Albany Special Connections | P.O. Box 586 | New Albany, Ohio 43054  | www.naspecialconnections.org

New Albany Special Connections is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 with a simple but ambitious mission - to better serve children with special needs through education, resources and support. By strengthening the links between home, school and community, New Albany Special Connections is working to improve the lives of children with special needs and their families.


Created by parents of children with special needs, New Albany Special Connections strives to build positive, productive and collaborative partnerships among families, educators of the New Albany-Plain Local School District, and the greater New Albany community. Through these partnerships, New Albany Special Connections offers a wide range of innovative programs and services. The organization researches best practices and progressive models for education, socialization, and extracurricular activities. New Albany Special Connections is fulfilling its mission by providing educational programs for parents and professionals featuring local and national experts, publishing a resource guide, developing children’s programs in the arts, and advancing socialization for children with special needs through creative programs such as peer buddies.


To contact New Albany Special Connections, you may call Daphne Hess at 614-933-0441 or you may email info@naspecialconnections.org.

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Administrative Offices | 55 North High Street | New Albany, Ohio 43054
Phone: 614-855-2040

  • Receptionist: Jill Hatten

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Transportation Department | 10160 Johnstown Road | New Albany, OH 43054
Phone: 614-855-2033

  • Coordinator: Phil Bice

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