Columbia Independent School

1801 N Stadium Blvd
Columbia, MO 65202-0652
     Tel: (573)777-9250
Grades: PK - 12 | 322 students
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Columbia Independent School is a place where students and families choose to be.
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Small class sizes, a focus on individualized learning, global perspectives curriculum, and dedicated, high-quality teachers are all part of life at CIS.
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CIS offers a strong college-preparatory education to students in junior kindergarten through 12th grade.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1998

Student Body

Total Students 322 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 27%
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 43 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 63%
Average Class Size 16 students
Number of AP Courses 13 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Art,  Calculus AB,  English Language and Composition,  English Literature and Composition,  European History,  Latin (Vergil),  Psychology,  Spanish Language,  Statistics (online course),  United States Government (online course),  and United States History  
Average SAT score 2012
Average ACT score 29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Business casual dress)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Mar. 13 / rolling
Tuition Notes Lower School (JK-5) tuition and fees: $12,250 Middle/Upper School (6-12) tuition and fees: $14,350
% on Financial Aid 40%
Admissions Director Jenna Flugum


Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Track and FieldBasketballCross Country,
Track and Field


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 29 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Academic Team, Academic Team, Art, Band, Basketball, Choir, Club Cube, Cross Country, Drama Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Geography Bee, La Mesa Latina, Latin Club, Lower School Clubs, Mad Inventors Club, Math Club, Math Competitions, Music Competitions, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Poetry Out Loud, Science Olympiad, Shakespeare for Kids Performances, Soccer, Spelling Bee, Student Council, Tennis, Track and Field, Writing Club Academic Team, Academic Team, Art, Band, Basketball, Choir, Club Cube, Cross Country, Drama Club, Geography Bee, La Mesa Latina, Latin Club, Math Club, Soccer, Spelling Bee, Tennis, Writing Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA),
Lower School Clubs,
Mad Inventors Club,
Math Competitions,
Music Competitions,
National Honor Society,
National Junior Honor Society,
Poetry Out Loud,
Science Olympiad,
Shakespeare for Kids Performances,
Student Council,
Track and Field,

School Notes:

Who We Are
Columbia Independent School guides students in their pursuit of excellence, beginning with children at the earliest stages of development in junior kindergarten and creating a seamless educational experience through graduation. Our intentionally crafted curriculum is designed to stretch the mind of every child and provide exemplary support for students throughout the lower, middle, and upper school divisions. CIS prepares students for the rigorous academic life in college and success in the global world. This preparation is achieved through small class sizes, a committed faculty, a safe and close-knit community built on diverse backgrounds, and lively and engaging classrooms, which exude the joy of living.

Inside CIS
The faculty and staff at CIS create an intimate learning environment where students receive personalized, quality instruction and guidance throughout their academic journey. Students are engaged with a strong liberal arts curriculum, which includes courses in the fine arts, foreign languages such as Latin, and many others. In addition, the Center for Inspiration, Innovation, and Investigation enhances a student’s natural curiosity through hands-on experiences that build problem solving and collaboration skills. CIS has the unique opportunity to bring students together at all grade levels through cross-divisional class projects, assemblies and socials, and all-school community events.

Profile last updated: 05/26/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Heritage Academy (1.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Columbia Catholic School (0.7 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Christian Fellowship School (2.2 miles away)
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