Steady Student Growth
Steady population growth has increased student enrollment in Columbia’s public schools to more than 1,730.
Elementary and middle school students attend separate facilities. Grades K-4 attend Park View Elementary while students in grades 5-8 attend Columbia Middle School. Immaculate Conception Grade School, established in 1853, provides parochial education for students K-8.
Columbia High School has an enrollment of over 500 students, small by some standards. Yet the school offers the same programs as many larger schools. Facilities include two computer labs, a television studio, three science labs, and an automated media center. The curriculum focuses on mathematics, language arts, science, social studies and foreign languages. Students may also choose from specialized courses in business, computers, industrial arts, home economics and art. A distance-learning classroom gives the high school student access to a computer, fax, modem, and live and remote cameras to promote interactive learning opportunities.
Students participate in many extracurricular activities. Columbia’s excellent bands are renowned throughout the region. Boys and girls become involved in athletic programs from grade school through high school.
Columbia students score above the state average on the American College Test (ACT) and the graduation rate is almost 90 percent with a majority of students attending college or technical schools.
Higher education options nearby include Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, St. Louis University and Washington University, as well as vocational training in many specialties through Beck Vocational Center and college credit from Belleville Area College, 20 minutes from Columbia.
The Columbia Public Library offers residents a great selection of educational materials.