Columbia Academy’s Elementary & Middle School campus serves students in Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade. We are well known for our exceptional academics, dedication to character education, and personalized attention.
Here are 5 easy steps to joining our learning community:
- Learn about our curriculum, culture, and community. Download our Parent Packet and find an overview of our elementary and middle school programs. From Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade, read about how our close-knit community allows for personalized support and mentorship, as well as how our curriculum builds on foundational content and comprehension for high school preparedness.
- Schedule a tour. Schedule a tour with our admissions team during which you can walk through our classrooms, labs, and other spaces, and ask questions. Families can also attend a Virtual Information Session, which provides a detailed overview of our programs, curriculum, and school events. If you can’t make it for a virtual tour or information session, watch our campus preview!
- Apply Now. Complete your child’s application today. A completed application includes: application fee, teacher recommendation (2 for middle school applicants), administrator recommendation, birth certificate, and most recent report card. After you’ve completed your application, a school administrator will contact you, and the application process may include a shadow day and/or an interview. Applications will not be reviewed until all of the above items are submitted.
- Receive an admissions decision. Once your application is complete, the admissions team will review your application and send an email with an admissions decision.
- Complete your enrollment packet. Accepted students and their families will complete and submit an enrollment packet.
Meet Our Elementary and Middle School Admissions Team
Amber Rodman is the Registrar at Columbia Academy Elementary and Middle School, responsible for overseeing admissions and enrollment for grades TK-8.
Amber relocated to Maryland with her husband and 2 children in 2018 and joined the Columbia Academy team in 2021. She has a B.A. in Psychology and graduated with honors from UMGC. In her free time, Amber enjoys reading, spending time at the beach, and making memories with her family.
Columbia Academy’s Elementary and Middle School operates on a continuous enrollment basis. Below are some frequently asked questions about continuous enrollment.
What is continuous enrollment?
Once families have completed enrollment they will be automatically enrolled for the following school year, unless they notify us otherwise. Continuous enrollment means families won’t have to re-enroll every year, and current families will have a guaranteed placement each school year.
How does continuous enrollment help you?
Continuous enrollment simplifies the re-enrollment process. By opting into continuous enrollment, there is no need to reapply year after year; your child will have a spot in the next grade level unless you notify the school otherwise.
How does continuous enrollment make our learning community stronger?
By ensuring we know our enrollment numbers early we can plan instructional programs more effectively, hire the most qualified staff, and build an even stronger academic program.
Questions about our admissions process? It’s easy to request more information via our website or call us today at 410.312.7415.
Elementary and Middle School Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the school hours?
• Academic Hours – 8:30am-3:30pm
• Before Care- 7:00am-8:15am
• After Care – 3:45pm-6:00pm
2. Does Columbia Academy Elementary and Middle School provide transportation?
Columbia Academy does not provide bus transportation to and from school. Our school is open
from 7 am through 6 pm with before and after care.
3. What are your safety and health measures?
• Safety – only authorized people are allowed into the building, and the door is locked with a
secure code system. Our staff entry in the back of the building is locked and secured with a
coded entry system. Each family member is supplied a unique code that they can use to enter.
• For health measures, we have installed Air Purifiers in room in the building. These are helpful
with additional ventilation and reducing airborne contaminants.
4. What are your class sizes?
• The student/teacher average ratio for grades K-8 is 16:1 (for reference, the Howard County
public-school average is 25:1)
• Transitional Kindergarten is 12:1
5. Do your students wear uniforms?
Yes, grades TK-8 wear uniforms. They can be purchased from Flynn O’Hara.
6. What is the Transitional Kindergarten program?
Our transitional kindergarten program is designed for students with birthdays from September 2
through December 31 who therefore do not meet the state requirement to enter kindergarten.
• Our educators focus on the building blocks that will set each child up for success.
• Using centers, whole class, and small-group instruction, students are exposed to Math,
Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.
• TK students start their day in morning meeting and have ample time for outdoor exploration
and play time while still learning foundational skills to be successful life-long learners.
• They also focus on the learned skills that students require to be successful in their school day
like walking in a line to the restroom, packing their backpack, and being active listeners in school
7. Grade Placement – Early Entrance into Kindergarten
While we would recommend the TK program for children born between September 2-December
31 as it is designed specifically for children in this age range, we are able to conduct an
assessment for children born between September 2-October 13 if the parent requests it.
• The assessment is conducted at school, and we will make a recommendation for grade
placement based on what we know about our program and the grade we believe would be the
best fit for the child.
• Please reach out to Amber Rodman at email@example.com for more information and to
schedule an appointment for an assessment.
8. Do you enroll children with IEP or 504 plans?
Yes, we do. As we are a small private school with about 200 students, we are not staffed with special
education teachers and do not have the resources to offer pull out services. The student teacher ratio is
16:1 and while our teachers do differentiate instruction in the classroom, it does not equate to 1 on 1 behavioral
or academic support.
We recommend sending a copy of your child’s IEP or 504 plan to our admissions team to review prior to submitting an application to ensure that we are able to provide the necessary supports in the classroom that are needed for your child to thrive.
If you have questions, please reach out to our team! We’d be happy to learn more about your considerations as you narrow down options for your child.
You can reach our admissions team at 410.312.7415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.