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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
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Columbia School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Columbia, MO. It has 17,985 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 43% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% 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
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1280
55 responses
Average ACT
27
449 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
17,985
Free or Reduced Lunch
43.6%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$45,852
Teachers in First/Second Year

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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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.
I feel as though this school district is very good in the sense of promoting diversity and acceptance to individuals. Many students and peers, based on personal experience, has felt this to some degree which is amazing because this teaches others to give mutual respect to each other. However, there are instances where this may not be true; despite this, I think the teachers and leaders in the Columbia Public School System do wonderful in spreading the message of basic moral principles. Also, I believe that they do a great job in having a variety of courses to take from a large range of topics. In addition, the vast amount of extracurricular activities also enables individuals to learn more about their interests and ambitions for the future.