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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
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Columbia School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Columbia, MO. It has 18,499 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 48% in reading.

Columbia School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
48%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1280
101 responses
Average ACT
27
925 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
18,499
Free or Reduced Lunch
45.5%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,321
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.7%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$14,686/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$49,277
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$854
National
$949
Median Home Value
$185,700
National
$184,700

Columbia School District Reviews

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When I was two my mother noticed that I was unable to follow two direction instructions and had me tested. The diagnosis was that I had problems processing/understanding what was asked of me. Upon entering kindergarten I was screened further to determine if I qualified for an Individual Educational Plan (IEP). My mom worked diligently with school administration, staff, and faculty to ensure that I received the learning tools and support to be a successful student. My mom made sure she advocated for me when I wasn’t able to do so myself. Along the way she has had made sure that as I’ve gotten older that I learned to advocate for myself and understand that just because I have a learning disability doesn’t mean I can’t further my education after high school. my teachers, administrators, coaches, case managers, and the Special Education Department. Without their commitment and dedication to prepare me for the opportunity to go to college I can honestly say I would be lost.
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I really enjoyed the public school environment. The diversity in my high school Hickman was great for me to grow as an individual first, student second. On the other side of the coin, I did notice racial injustice and sexual harassment unaccounted for by CPS authority figures. Thankfully one racial case was brought to light and the man who faced this racial unjustice was given a settlement over $100,000 agreed upon by himself and CPS. Two sides to a coin.
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