Columbia Independent School

  • Your child might need more academic challenge and individual attention than the typical school classroom can offer. Guided by the caring teachers at Columbia Independent School, your child will become a confident student who is prepared for college and life beyond.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1998
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students385 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade Columbia Independent School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers46 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses13 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced Coursesand United States History, 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)
Average SAT score1410
Average ACT score30
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Collared shirt and khakis)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineMar. 5 / rolling
Tuition NotesLower School (JK-5) tuition and fees: $13,900Middle/Upper School (6-12) tuition and fees: $15,700
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorKari Dowell
Admissions AssociateAriana Turner


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Academic Team, Club Cube, Drama Club, Geography Bee, La Mesa Latina, Latin Club, Lower School Clubs, Math Club, Math Competitions, Music Competitions, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Poetry Out Loud, Science Olympiad, Spelling Bee, Student Council, Writing Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Band, Choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, 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.

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  • Columbia
    Grades: NS-12 | 350 students
    2.2 miles
    4600 Christian Fellowship Rd
    Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 445-8565
    2.2 NS-12
  • Columbia
    Grades: PK-8 | 220 students
    4.6 miles
    3300 S Providence Rd
    Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 874-2325
    4.6 PK-8
  • Columbia
    Heritage Academy
    Special Program Emphasis (Christian)
    Grades: 4-12 | 81 students
    1.6 miles
    606 Ridgeway Ave
    Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 449-2252
    1.6 4-12
  • Columbia
    The Children's School At Stephens C
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK | 65 students
    3.1 miles
    1400 Windsor
    Columbia, MO 65201
    (573) 876-7260
    3.1 PK
  • Columbia
    College Park Christian Academy
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Grades: PK-9 | 66 students
    2.3 miles
    1114 College Park Dr
    Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 445-6315
    2.3 PK-9

School Reviews

My child started CIS in 6th grade in Fall 2018. Our family cannot say enough good things about how wonderful the experience of being a part of the CIS community has been;, or how the positive learning environment has impacted our student. He loves school and learning and could not be happier. As a gifted child other schools found our student problematic rather than a positive. asset. The social/human environment ( students and staff) in conjunction with high academic expectations, with support for every child, is impressive. Making the choice of CIS has been the best decision.
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