Columbus Torah Academy provides a comprehensive college preparatory education and a Judaic studies education for Jewish students in the greater Columbus area. Established in 1958, CTA started with a class of 11 students in the basement of the Agudas Achim Synagogue. With expansion each year, the school grew to include grades K-8, with the first graduating class of eight students in 1966. From 1972-75, Temple Israel was the temporary home to the school. In 1975, CTA moved to its permanent home at 181 Noe Bixby Road. Due to the large population of children who arrived from the former Soviet Union, the Learning Center was created in 1988 in order to provide English as a second language to these students. As enrollment continued to increase, the school expanded into trailers and then in 1991, a new wing of 10 classrooms was added. With growing support for day school secondary education, the families and leadership of CTA sought to expand the school to include grades 9-12. In 1991, the first ninth grade class started with five students. Each year a grade and a trailer were added with the first high school graduation of five students in 1995. To accommodate this growth, an additional two-story building was constructed in 1995 containing ten Upper School classrooms, state of the art chemistry lab, biology lab, elementary library, Upper School library, computer lab, gymnasium with seating for 300 people, and administrative offices. In 1997, a chapel was built by Saul Schottenstein and dedicated in memory of his parents, Ephraim and Anna Schottenstein. The chapel has seating for 200 people and is used daily for morning prayers. Frequently, the chapel facilitates parent meetings, school assemblies, and other gatherings. Our school's campus is situated on 42 wooded acres that has been confirmed by the National Wildlife Federation as an official "Certified Wildlife Habitat" site. With over 40 different species of trees on the wooded property, a large stream, ravines, and meadows, our students investigate science in our "land lab" that comprises 20 acres with viable trails for interactive and explorative study. Our faculty of 45 dedicated educators is committed to providing our students with an intellectually stimulating and academically progressive education. The student to faculty ratio for the lower school is 11:1; in the upper school, 8:1.