The start of school at Columbus Academy on Aug. 25 marked the 100th school year for the coeducational college-preparatory day school.

The start of school at Columbus Academy on Aug. 25 marked the 100th school year for the coeducational college-preparatory day school.

The Gahanna-based school began the year at full capacity with an enrollment of 1,072 students from prekindergarten through grade 12.

Of the 126 new CA students for the 2010-11 school year, 22 were freshman.

New faculty and staff members at CA include Karla Long, who is leading the middle school. She recently moved from Fort Worth, Texas, to Worthington. Also at the grades 5-8 middle school are Chinese teacher Na Li of Columbus and language-arts teacher Brooke Peterson of Worthington.

New instructors for the Upper School grade levels of 9-12 are Latin teacher Matthew Ely of Upper Arlington, math teacher Scott Linder of Westerville, history teacher Mary Pat Martin of Columbus, math teacher Jen Murray of Dublin and French teacher Alison Nakasako of Bexley.

New to the Lower School classrooms are second-grade assistant Sarah Henry of Worthington, first-grade assistant Mikki Joseph of Westerville, kindergarten teacher Elaine Luers of Dublin, second-grade assistant Lisa Poulin of New Albany and third-grade teacher Vanessa Taglia of Powell.

They join first-grade assistant Dayanara Quezada-Taylor, who returns to the academy's faculty after spending a year in London, England.

The newcomers also include three staff members: admissions office assistant Jan Keethler of Columbus, development office coordinator Kali Wulff of German Village and communications assistant Maggie Pence, who recently moved from Chicago to Westerville.

For those interested in applying to Columbus Academy for the 2011-12 school year, an admissions open house for prekindergarten and kindergarten will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. An open house for all grades will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

To register for either open house or for more information, call (614) 509-2220.

Marla Kuhlman