Columbia Independent School

Tel: (573)777-9250
  • 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 AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1998
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students343 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
26%
State avg.: 16%
Students by GradeColumbia Independent School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers46 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
77%
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses13 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt, 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 score1410
Average ACT score30
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Collared shirt and khakis)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineMar. 18 / rolling
Tuition NotesLower School (JK-5) tuition and fees: $13,100Middle/Upper School (6-12) tuition and fees: $14,900
% on Financial Aid
40%
Admissions DirectorKari Dowell

Sports

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

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.28 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Academic Team, Club Cube, 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, Spelling Bee, Student Council, Writing Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Band, Choir, Shakespeare for Kids Performances

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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