Charter School Scheduled to Open at Former Douglas Site

The Academy of New Media Middle School is scheduled to open at the former Douglass Elementary School site on September 6, 2011.

On May 11, CEO Marty Griffith and School Leader Erik Cohen attended the OTENA general membership meeting to talk about plans for the school as well as plans for community engagement throughout the Near East Side.

New Media Middle School will educate up to 300 students in grades 6-8. According to Griffith, New Media Middle was planned for a downtown community since the beginning, which he says will place it “close to our satellite learning centers at COSI, the Columbus Museum of Art, Franklin Park Conservatory, Audubon Park and others.”


According to Griffith, the philosophy of New Media Middle is the belief that “middle school age children are a unique group of learners that deserve a school that is specifically tuned to their individual needs, interests and learning styles.”

New Media Middle will be a paperless school, utilizing tablet and netbook computers to take the place of textbooks. In addition, Griffith says that they are making safety a priority, where instances of “bullying, discrimination, and other instances of inequality will be met head on and dealt with comprehensively.”

Community Engagement

Griffith says that he and other school administrators plan to make engagement with the Olde Towne East community a priority, citing New Media’s anchor school, the Arts & College Preparatory Academy (ACPA), as an example.

“A hallmark of ACPA’s success is its diverse and deep partnerships that have been forged with a wide-variety of community members, businesses, organizations, nonprofits and foundations. It is our strong desire to have New Media Middle become an integral part of the Olde Towne East neighborhood,” says Griffith.

More Information

New Media Middle School will take over the former Douglas Elementary School site, which sits between Broad and Oak, Monroe and 18th. More information for parents, potential students, and community members can be found at their website

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