Columbus Zoo School Lab Program

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium School

If you are an independent, curious, outstanding student and have a strong interest in research and a career related to zoos, animals, or science, then explore this very unique program that meets daily at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.

Program Highlights:

  • Weave zoology, statistics, research design, technical paper development, technology, and your love of the animal kingdom together in a very special environment.

This program is academically rigorous. Students should be prepared for an academic and highly collaborative experience, possess strong time management skills, a desire to produce high-quality work, and be a self-directed learner. Strong skills in science are encouraged. In addition to the application, entrance requirements include;

  • Zoo Research School readiness exam

  • Minimum of 3 recommendations

Areas of Study:

  • Zoo I Program (M-F, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.)

    • Zoology-survey of the animal kingdom

    • Research methods and designs

    • Authentic research paper development

    • Statistics (dual college credit option available!)

    • Zoo safety and protocol

    • Conservation issues and strategies

    • Multi-media projects

  • Zoo II Program (M-F, 7:30 - 10:00 a.m.)

    • Zoology-comparing form and function

    • Zoo safety and protocol

    • Animal husbandry and behavior

    • Career exploration

    • Living systems

    • Special science topics explored

Credit Available:

  • Zoo School I:

    • 1 science credit (Zoology I)

    • 1 math credit (Statistics)

    • 1 elective credit (Zoo Research)

  • Zoo School II:

    • 1 advanced science credit (Zoology II)

    • 2 elective credits (Zoo Research)

  • Dual Credit available through the University of Findlay

  • College credits available through articulation agreements with Hocking College and through Career-Technical Assurance Guide (CTAGs)

CTAGs are transferrable to Ohio public colleges. Credits vary per program.

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium School

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

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium School I Fee Sheet

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium School II Fee Sheet

This program is participating in the Chromebook One to One Experience. An additional one-time fee to purchase a Chromebook will be waived if you are a returning student who has already participated in the Chromebook One to One Experience or if you are bringing your own technology. Learn more about the Chromebook One to One Experience.

To ask more questions about any program or to schedule a tour of our campus, contact Administrative Assistant to the Enrollment Coordinator, Mariellen Murray at (740) 201-3216 or


Emily Cunningham
(614) 724.3608

This program meets at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. Students must provide their own transportation.

Apply Online. Application opens in November.

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