Columbia Independent School

1801 N Stadium Blvd
Columbia, MO 65202-0652
Tel: (573)777-9250
Grades: PK-12 | 317 students
Columbia Independent School is a place where students and families choose to be.
Small class sizes, a focus on individualized learning, global perspectives curriculum, and dedicated, high-quality teachers are all part of life at CIS. 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 317 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Columbia Independent School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 42 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 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 1961
Average ACT score 29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Business casual dress)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Mar. 18 / 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
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: 09/18/2015

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 Columbia KinderCare (1.2 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Columbia
    Columbia Catholic School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: K-9 | 624 students
    0.7 miles
    817 Bernadette Dr
    Columbia, MO 65203
  • Columbia
    Columbia KinderCare
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-PK
    1.2 miles
    2416 West Ash St.
    Columbia, MO 65203
  • Columbia
    Heritage Academy
    Special Program Emphasis (Christian)
    Grades: 3-12 | 118 students
    1.6 miles
    606 Ridgeway Ave
    Columbia, MO 65203
  • Columbia
    Good Shepherd Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    Grades: K-8 | 39 students
    1.9 miles
    2201 West Rollins Road
    Columbia, MO 65203
  • Columbia
    Grades: PK-KG | 83 students
    1.9 miles
    3 Anderson Ave
    Columbia, MO 65203

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