Columbia has a strong tradition of education and offers one of the finest school systems in the nation. Our educational institutions, both public and private, offer a variety of educational programs just right for your needs. Columbia is very supportive of education of our students as evidenced by several community programs.
Columbia Board of Education
Columbia Public Schools have earned the highest possible rating in Missouri and consistently receive state and national honors for excellence in education. Columbia Public School District is the seventh largest in the state and is one of the fastest growing districts in the midwest. Enrollment is more than 15,570 students with 75-85% of the 760 high school graduates being college bound. The school district also graduates one of the highest percentages of merit scholars in the country. An average of $5,000 per student is spent during the school year. The pupil-teacher ratio is 22 to 1 and 23 to 1 at elementary and secondary levels, respectively.
For information on public school enrollment, parents should contact the Columbia Public Schools, District Administration Building, 1818 West Worley, (573) 886-2100.
Kindergartners and first-time first graders are required to present birth certificates, social security cards, and immunizations records at the time of enrollment as these records may be requested from the previous school. Contact school community programs for information about Partners in Education program, 573-886-2165.
The school district also offers "Parents as Teachers," a free educational program for parents of young children. It provides home visits by parent educators, information, guidance, checkups and meetings. Call 573-886-2204 for more information.
In Columbia, "Collegetown U.S.A," higher education plays a major economic and social role. Columbia is home to the University of Missour-Columbia, Stephens College and Columbia College.
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