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    B+
  2. Diversity
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  3. Teachers
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  4. College Prep
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  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
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Columbia School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Columbia, MO. It has 18,009 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 46% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading.
Address
1818 W Worley St
Columbia, MO 65203
Telephone
(573) 214-3400
Website

Columbia School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
60%
Percent Proficient - Math
46%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1310
54 responses
Average ACT
27
517 responses
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Students

Diversity
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Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
18,009
Free or Reduced Lunch
44.1%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$45,852
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.7%

Finances

Total Expenses
$224,407,000
Expenses Per Student
$13,192/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    54%
  • Support Services
    41%
  • Other
    5%

Columbia School District Reviews

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The teachers I have worked with in Columbia Public Schools through the years have provided me with plenty of support, options and encouragement. If another student or myself is struggling they will be given whatever it takes to get back on track. The teachers are fair and make a point to relate to students. When kids need help in any way their voices are heard. This also applies out of the classroom. Guidance is a strong, trusted support system for my peers and myself. Additionally, the administration works with the kids who get in trouble and helps them work out the problem rather than punishing them with no explanation or understanding. The classes are diverse and there are options for a different educational paths as well as intellectual capacities. I
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I like that my school rewards hard work with freedom. You get to do more, you get to go off campus, it's a more relaxed environment. I feel responsible students get more benefits and it encourages me to make good choices. Additionally, my high school schedule is similar to a college schedule; ie you have your classes staggered and every other day. So for example your math class is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday one week and the next week it is Tuesday and Thursday. That gives me more time to study and makes me more responsible having to keep track of when homework is due for which day/week.
Columbia Schools are fairly well organized and the clubs for the most part are well-funded. They do a good job of allowing students to have freedom with independence, as it allows students to learn more responsibility. There should be more programs that allow students to gain real world experiences in terms of career paths, because that could help students to figure out what they want to do in life earlier. Additionally, there should be more activities among the schools that all students from the district are able to attend so that the students from different parts of the city can interact more.