Columbus Zoo & Aquarium School

If you're an independent, outstanding student with a strong interest in zoo-related careers and research, then we welcome you to explore this unique career pathway.

The Zoo & Aquarium school curriculum is zoology driven, rich in technology, research-focused and application based. This program is designed to give you greater insight and understanding of the demands and excitement of science in ways not always possible in a traditional science classroom.

This course weaves zoology, statistics, research design, technical paper development, technology and your love of the animal kingdom together in a very special environment. You will have the opportunity to work with Columbus Zoo professionals, learn from their experience and assist in Columbus Zoo research projects. Through dual enrollment, you can also earn college credits in Statistics and Chemistry.

This program requires a readiness exam. Zoo School applicants must also complete a teacher recommendation form.

Zoo School students must provide their own transportation to and from the Columbus Zoo.

Emily Cunningham
(614) 724.3608
This program meets at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

For general questions about DACC or to schedule a tour, contact Administrative Assistant to the Enrollment Coordinator, Tiffany McComas at (740) 201-3216 or

This program is participating in the One to One ExperienceAn additional one-time fee not to exceed $225.00 to purchase a Chromebook will be waived if you are a returning student who has already participated in the One to One Experience or if you are bringing your own technology. Learn more about the One to One Experience.

Fees can be easily paid online, 24 hours a day. Learn more about paying class fees and adding to your student’s lunch account.