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Setting Goals for Success in the New School Year: 5 Focus Areas for Students and Families

Whether you have a preschooler or a middle schooler, the start of a new school year is filled with anticipation. As students organize their supplies, plan outfits for the first week, and prepare to meet new friends, parents know that this enthusiasm often fades after the early days. This is why...

10 Questions to Ask on Your Private School Tour

If you are exploring private school options, you already know that education is a valuable investment in your child’s future. Choosing the right one may seem daunting at first; however, most parents find that campus visits help them quickly narrow down the list.  School tours are exciting...

Six Questions to Help Strike Up Meaningful Conversation With Your Student After School

“Hey, son! How was your day?”  “Good.” “What did you learn?” “Ummm…” If your after-school conversations tend to go this way, you’re not alone. Many parents find it difficult, or even downright frustrating, to connect with their kids after school. But rest...

Life at Columbia Academy

Members of the Columbia Academy family experience a close-knit community where opportunities abound. Inside the classroom and out, students discover their passions, build lifelong friendships, and build character. Our open-door policy means parents, grandparents, and other family members play...

Character Education

Each month our teachers and students participate in character education focused on specific virtues. Teacher and students have active discussions about each virtue, and students are awarded throughout the month for demonstrating each virtue. Learn more.

Summer Camp

Every year Columbia Academy’s Summer Camp keeps children interested, engaged, and excited about learning outside the classroom. With hands-on experiments, outdoor activities, and dozens of fun, interesting topics, our summer programs have provided unique educational experiences and timeless...

Discover One Caring Community at Columbia Academy

At Columbia Academy, the student pathway to achievement is carefully guided and nurtured in a family-like community that provides a strong curriculum, character building, caring and experienced teachers, individualized instruction, and a diverse environment. These attributes combine with enriching...

Thank You for Making a Difference!

Dear Britney, You helped us make a difference. Thank you! In a recent letter to the community Action Council of Howard County, a mother wrote that she and her son were unemployed, behind in rent and energy payments, and had no food. She wrote that a CAC Rapid Response counselor at our Gateway...

Words of Gratitude from a Parent

Dave and I wanted to take a moment to let you know that Cara could not be luckier to have Ms. Lindsey and Ms. Theresa as her teachers. Although Ms. Ariel is not Cara's official teacher, Cara often plays with her throughout the day is just loves interacting and playing with her and giving her...

Handwriting Still Matters

Why Handwriting is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age By: Perri Klass, M.D. Do children in a keyboard world need to learn old-fashioned handwriting?  There is a tendency to dismiss handwriting as a nonessential skill, even though researchers have warned that learning to write may be the...