Stewart Alternative
Elementary School
Principal's Message

Greetings! Thank you for stopping by our website. My name is Dr. James C. Eslinger, and I am the new principal of Stewart Alternative Elementary School in Columbus City Schools. Stewart is an Alternative School with a Traditional Focus, and we have a long history of academic excellence. Whether you are a current Stewart parent or you are considering Stewart as a school for your child, you will find that we are a special place for students to learn and grow.

High quality education is invaluable. We empower our youngsters to pursue their dreams with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be successful in their chosen endeavors. This takes hard work and requires both school and family to come together. As a school with a Traditional Focus, the responsibility for student success is on three parties – teachers, parents, and students. My expectation is that all three work in tandem as we prepare our youth for the real world. I believe that the future belongs to the educated, therefore, my vision is simple: 100% STUDENT SUCCESS! 

The first day of school will be here shortly. I am very excited that Stewart classrooms, halls, and playground will once again come alive with the sounds of teaching, learning, and laughter. As principal, I want you to know that while your children are at Stewart, they will be highly educated, safe, cared for, and loved. With their academic and personal development as our priority, we focus on developing the whole child as we prepare tomorrow’s leaders.

I look forward to the year ahead as we do this together. If you have any questions, feel free to see or contact me any time.


Getting to Know Dr. Eslinger 

Originally from                                   

A farm in the Ozarks near Stockton, Missouri


Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri

Ashland University in Columbus, Ohio 

OISE / University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada

Past Principalships    

Indian Springs Elementary School, Clintonville

West Broad Elementary School, Hilltop 

Years in Columbus     


Favorite Color



Arena District in downtown Columbus


2 cats

Favorite Foods

fried chicken and mashed potatoes


spending time with family and friends, learning, travelling 


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Principal - James Eslinger
614.365.5556  |   40 East Stewart Avenue Columbus, OH 43206