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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Sports
    C+
Upper Columbia Academy is an above average, private, boarding, Christian school located in Spangle, WA. It has 225 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. Tuition is $18,950 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 75% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$10,093
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$18,950
Received Financial Aid
75%
Average Financial Aid
$1,500

Upper Columbia Academy Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1250
6 responses
Average ACT
25
21 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 5 responses
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  • Week of Prayer; Service Week
    60%
  • Spirit Week
    40%

Boarding

Students Boarding
80%
Boarding Days Per Week
7-day
Top Countries
Canada, China, Mexico
International Boarding Students
5%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
225
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Poll
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
Poll
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
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I’m currently a 3-yr senior at UCA. Attending this school has by far been one of the most impactful experiences and decisions I have made thus far in my life. Because it is a 9-12 grade boarding/day school, there is a strong family like connection between the student and staff. The class ratios and the school changed their curriculum to more project based learning where students have more interactive projects rather than small book homework assignments to understand concepts better with their classmates. Schedules have changed to block scheduling meaning each class is 1 hour and 30 minutes allowing the teacher to teach the lesson and give students time to finish the homework in class with the help of the teacher present in class. Sports events are fun to be a part of and the school provides many activities to do so you don’t get board in your dorm room. Going to a boarding school also definitely pushes independence and preparation for college especially.
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This is a private boarding school that I started attending 2nd semester of sophomore year. I was pretty skeptical at first, but soon enough the beautiful campus, personal and friendly staff and definitely the students made me love the place. It grew me into an amazing young woman through dorm life, leadership opportunities and the environment of kindness. This school doesn't have a bullying problem which is amazing! The love there changed my life.
I loved the caring atmosphere of the faculty and staff. I liked the variety of classes, extracurricular programs, and activities that they offered such as band, choir, gymnastics, sports, welding, and culinary courses. I enjoyed the many field trips and outings such as a senior survival, sophomore camp out, and school-wide field trip to a campground. I mostly enjoyed the spiritual aspect of the school of a solid Christian background.