- 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 Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-12|
|Total Students||322 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 19%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||46 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||7:1
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||1410|
|Average ACT score||29|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual
(Business casual dress)
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Mar. 17 / 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||6 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and FieldBasketball, Cross Country,
Tennis, 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,
National Honor Society,
National Junior Honor Society,
Poetry Out Loud,
Shakespeare for Kids Performances,
Track and Field,
- 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.
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