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Standards are high at Columbia Academy, but every student receives the individual attention required to reach his or her academic potential. With outstanding teachers and educational resources, our learning environment sparks creativity and fosters the development of firm foundations.

Our elementary and middle schools are accredited through AdvancED. Our Common Core-aligned curriculum is unique to Columbia Academy and emphasizes an individualized approach to each student’s education and instruction. Teachers ensure lessons are focused on student achievement of various grade-level standards and growth for the future.

Columbia Academy preschools hold an approval through the Maryland State Department of Education (non-public schools), and all of our schools participate in the Maryland Excels program. 

Remaining relevant is our priority. We continuously review and analyze our instructional strategies and student performance to ensure we consistently challenge our students to grow as learners. At the elementary and middle school, we search for opportunities to incorporate project-based and hands-on learning throughout our core subject foundations and enrichment programs, and extend opportunities by including extracurricular activities focused on athletics, STEAM, home economics, and community service. All of this helps us prepare students as 2st-century learners who embrace the opportunities of their world.

Whether you have a kindergartener or middle school student, your child will experience the benefits of a challenging and relevant curriculum, a nurturing learning culture, and unique opportunities to discover their passions.

Our academic environment features:

Differentiated Instruction
Naturally, there is learning variance among any group of students. Our teachers respond to these differences by tailoring their methods to meet the needs of individual students. In small classes, this creates a learning environment where no child can be invisible — one where every child experiences growth through mentorship.

A Proven Educational Continuum
We use an educational continuum that makes content relevant and meaningful across all subject areas. As students build upon prior knowledge, they are equipped for successful transitions through different age groups and grades.

Exciting Enrichment Programs
Enrichment programs and special subjects uncover talents and nurture the adventure of learning. Art, music, and foreign language study enhance our curriculum at every level. Active play and total-body wellness are emphasized through P.E. and a variety of special events. The value of getting outside the classroom is experienced through age-appropriate trips to cultural sites, museums, and other educational landmarks.

Strong Character Education
From a young age, our educators instill in students a strong intrinsic moral fiber that grows with them. This starts with our Peacemaking Program at the preschool level and continues through elementary and middle school with Civil Rights, a conflict resolution program. We also use positive incentives that reward exceptional behavior. As a result, graduates of Columbia Academy are respectful and responsible young adults.

Experience Our Learning Community

The best way to experience what makes our learning culture unique is to visit our school. On a school tour, you’ll get the chance to speak with teachers, explore our facilities, and see firsthand how we make each child’s academic needs our first priority.

Schedule your visit to Columbia Academy now.

Columbia Academy is a premier private school in the Baltimore metropolitan area serving children from infancy through eighth grade. With four preschool locations, a vibrant elementary school environment, and a top-notch middle school, we are uniquely equipped to serve families across Howard County and beyond. Our teachers use creative methods to engage and equip students for lifelong learning. During the formative years and beyond, students build upon prior knowledge in a way that fosters meaningful connections and a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Our Learning Community

Our community includes over 600 students and 150 faculty. The student-to-teacher ratio varies depending on your child’s age, with ratios of 1:3 in our infant and toddler rooms and up to 1:16 in our elementary and middle school. The ratios ensure we allow each child the opportunity to be mentored on an individual basis.

Excellent Academics

Our curriculum promotes strong foundations across core areas. We cover a diverse range of subjects and utilize a unique educational continuum that helps students transition successfully from one grade to the next.

A Commitment to Quality

From specially engineered playground equipment to relevant technology and learning resources, students at Columbia Academy enjoy thoughtfully designed, age-appropriate learning environments.

Parent Partnerships

Columbia Academy partners with parents to educate their children. We want to identify your values and needs. Our warm, open-door policy means all families are invited to be involved in the daily life at our school.

Character Education

The educational tools and experiences that students have on our campus help them mature and grow into young adults of refined character, critical thought, and respectful human values.

Want to learn more about what makes Columbia Academy different?

Visit our Why Columbia page.
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