Columbia Independent School

1801 N Stadium Blvd
Columbia, MO 65202-0652
     Tel: (573)777-9250
Grades: PK - 12 | 328 students
CIS is invested in development of the total person, which is reflected in the school mission statement: "To guide students in the pursuit of excellence through academic, physical, and creative achievement while exemplifying a commitment to integrity, trust and responsibility.
To encourage students to realize the joy of living through personal achievement and service to others in preparation for higher learning and community life." Every student, junior kindergarten through twelfth grade, is challenged daily to fulfill his or her potential.
CIS emphasizes a classic curriculum, including art, drama, foreign languages, language arts, Latin (beginning in sixth grade), mathematics, music, physical education, science, and social studies.
Foreign language course offered are French, Spanish and Mandarin.
All academic courses at CIS are designated as honors courses.
At the Upper School, ninth through twelfth grade students are able to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in art, foreign language, language arts, mathematics, and social studies.
Small class size (about 10 students) maximizes student learning through increased personal attention and participation.
Most importantly, all of our students learn from faculty members who believe in lifelong learning and model it by their own example.
At CIS, students are active partners in the learning process.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1998

Student Body

Total Students 328 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 21%
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Columbia Independent School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 48 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 71%
Average Class Size 10 students
Number of AP Courses 12 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 2093
Average ACT score 29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Lower School (K-5) tuition and fees: $11,700 Upper School (6-12) tuition and fees: $13,800
% on Financial Aid 34%
Acceptance Rate 61%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Jenna Flugum


Total Sports Offered 4 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, TennisBasketballCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Latin Club, Math Club, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Science Club, Student Council Latin Club, Math Club, Science Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA),
National Honor Society,
National Junior Honor Society,
Student Council,

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 Columbia KinderCare (1.2 miles away)
 All Schools  | High Schools High Schools  | Elementary Schools Elementary Schools  | Preschools Preschools  | Public Schools Public Schools 
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • ColumbiaColumbia Catholic School
      (Roman Catholic)
    817 Bernadette Dr
    ColumbiaMO 65203
      (Roman Catholic)
    0.7 mi | 624 students | Gr. K-9                      
  • ColumbiaColumbia KinderCare
    Daycare / Preschool
    2416 West Ash Street
    ColumbiaMO 65203
    Daycare / Preschool
    1.2 mi | n/a students | Gr. NS-PK                      
  • ColumbiaHeritage Academy
    Special Program Emphasis  (Christian)
    606 Ridgeway Ave
    ColumbiaMO 65203
    Special Program Emphasis  (Christian)
    1.6 mi | 118 students | Gr. 3-12                      
  • ColumbiaGood Shepherd Lutheran School
      (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    2201 West Rollins Road
    ColumbiaMO 65203
      (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    1.9 mi | 95 students | Gr. K-8                      
  • ColumbiaChristian Fellowship School
    4600 Christian Fellowship Rd
    ColumbiaMO 65203
    2.2 mi | 306 students | Gr. PK-12                      

School Reviews

Reviews should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Email: (we will not reveal your email)

Your review:

Would you recommend this school?          Yes    

 I give permission to post this review online for other visitors to read.

Area Statistics

Recent Articles
Interviewing the Over-prepared Teacher Applicant
Interviewing the Over-prepared Teacher Applicant
Some applicants can fool you when they interview. Here is some advice on how to prevent that while at the same time keeping the interview process simple and efficient.
Facebook Page Essentials
Small private schools often feel that they cannot afford to market their schools. Facebook is free. Here is how to use it effectively.
Attributes Which Make Military Schools Special
What are the attributes which make 21st century military schools so special? We find out in this article.
Request Information
I am a:      
Name of parent:
First name:
Middle name:
Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:

Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.


(enter "N/A" if not applicable)

Allow other schools to send me information. Share your information with all schools on our site and let them send you brochures.

Save this data and create your user profile. Create your own user account so you don't have to re-type your user data each time you request information.You'll also be able to track your information requests, get reminded of application dates, and more!

Did You Know?
The average acceptance rate in Columbia, MO is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).