TGS Parents

At TGS, we rely on the support of our parents to help us foster and build The Graham School community. Please consider getting involved with your child's education through The Parent Group, by completing a Volunteer Form, or by Making a Donation to the school. For more information about becoming involved with the school, please contact us at 614-262-1111.

TGS is a School-wide Title 1 program, enabling us to receive Federal Funds to ensure that our students receive the support they need to reach and exceed grade level goals particularly in reading and math. We welcome parent involvement in planning, review and improvement of Title 1 programs including the family engagement policy and the schoolwide program plan. Please contact Debbie Addison at [email protected] with any questions.

The parent or guardian of each student enrolled at The Graham School may request information on the professional qualifications of each classroom teacher who provides instruction to their student and the school will provide this information on each applicable teacher in a timely manner.

Dear Senior Families,

On Saturday June 3, 2023, The Graham School’s Class of 2023 will be celebrating its graduation.  Throughout these trying times, it has been an adventure, a challenge, but always a privilege to work with your student.  As graduation day approaches, we want you to be aware of the schedule of senior activities celebrating the achievements of our students. We have also included information on mandatory participation of various events and graduation fees; and have attached a calendar of events. Please make note of the information, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Timeline for Seniors:

  • April 3rd – All outstanding PE and Health credits will be due. 

  • April 20th – Final Senior Seminars (Senior Passage Blogs will be due). 

  • April 27th – 12:30-2:30 – Mandatory Senior Graduation Meeting at Graham

  • April 28th - 7:00-10:00pm - Prom at Mozart’s Cafe 

  • May 17th – 8:00-3:30 – Required CPR training and Symposium Practice

  • May 24th – Required Symposium Practice (by appointment)

  • May 31st - 8:00-3:30 - Senior Symposium Presentations and Award Ceremony

Graham graduates do not just walk across a stage and receive a diploma.  On Wednesday May 31, seniors will present their symposiums to the parents, mentors, and the underclassmen of Graham from 9 until 12. Symposium presentations are the reflective stories of seniors detailing their lives at Graham, their walkabouts, and their futures. We encourage making arrangements to attend your student’s final symposium. Exact times on the 31st will be given to each student before then.

June 2nd – 1:00-2:30 – Graduation Rehearsal at Tree of Life Northridge Campus (935 Northridge Rd., Columbus, 43224)

Saturday, June 3rd – Graduation!

On Saturday, June 3rd we will begin the day with our graduation breakfast and senior videos from 10:00 - 12:00 (seniors and staff only) at The Graham School.  Between 12:00-1:00 seniors and families will travel to the graduation ceremony at Tree Of Life School, where the commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 1pm.  No tickets will be necessary to attend our graduation.  We will be holding the graduation ceremony in the gym at the school.

The graduation fee this year will be $50.  This fee goes toward graduation processing and venue expenses, as well as the cost of the caps and gowns.  Please make your check payable to ‘The Graham School’, and note “graduation fee” in the memo.  We ask that this payment be given to the front desk no later than May 15.  You can also pay online through the TGS website school store using this link:

Failure to participate in mandatory senior events may result in not walking at graduation.  We look forward to sharing this significant and joyful time with you.  Should you have any questions or concerns between now and graduation, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Kevin Elliott,  Senior Crew Leader   [email protected]      

Randi Channel, Senior Crew Leader  [email protected]  

Kelsey Penrose, Senior Intervention Specialist  [email protected]  

Mary Slaback, Senior Walkabout Director  [email protected]

Emergency Plan

The Graham School considers the safety of all of its students and staff extremely important and a high priority of our work. In case of emergencies, families will be contacted with multiple methods; letters home, our texting communication service - Remind, mass e-mails, website posts, and/or from an off-campus phone location at GEMS (614) 253-4000.

In the case that the school needs to relocate the staff and students for any reason, we will be relocating to The Whetstone Community Recreation Center (3923 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214). Arrangements for student pick-up will be communicated through the same methods listed above.

Statement Recognizing Juneteenth Federal Holiday

The Graham Family of Schools (The Graham School, The Charles School, and Graham Elementary and Middle School) joins in solidarity in recognizing the long overdue new federal holiday of Juneteenth!  This is an important new holiday recognizing the day that the last slaves were freed in the U.S.  Since this was newly minted into law within the past 24 hours, we are trying to do our best to recognize the holiday while upholding our obligation to you and your student to continue to educate them in summer school and host normal school activities.  This year we plan to maintain our open status and will not change the school day for Friday, June 18, 2021 (when many federal and state agencies are celebrating).  We plan to integrate Juneteenth into our future academic calendars and celebrations.  At this time, if you and your student wish to observe this holiday, this will not count against them for attendance for June 18, 2021.  If you have questions, please direct them to the office at the respective school.  
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