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.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MO School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 385 students
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 5 / rolling

Top Rankings

Columbia Independent School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Missouri for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
385 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade
Columbia Independent School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
46 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
16 students
Number of AP Courses
13 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
and 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 score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Collared shirt and khakis)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Mar. 5 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Lower School (JK-5) tuition and fees: $13,900Middle/Upper School (6-12) tuition and fees: $15,700
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Kari Dowell
Admissions Associate
Ariana Turner


Total Sports Offered
7 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
25 extracurriculars
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.
Profile last updated: 01/13/2021

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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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MO School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 385 students
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 5 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Missouri is $9,608 for elementary schools and $11,521 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Missouri is 88% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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