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Why Private School Education is More Important Than Ever Before

The results are in. The Maryland State Department of Education's Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) from the 2021-2022 school year show that only 40% of Maryland’s kindergarteners demonstrated readiness and entered classrooms prepared to fully participate in kindergarten. This is a 7-point...

4 Ways to Help Your Student Adjust to a New School Year

As the new school year is underway, children are developing new routines and starting to settle in to them. After a long day at school, they may be full of big emotions and look to you for reassurance and support. You, as parents, are more important to them than anyone else, especially during those...

Resources for Families Following the Tragedy in Uvalde

May 26, 2022 Dear Columbia Academy Families, We are shocked and saddened by the horrific act of violence that unfolded Tuesday at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. These events weigh heavily on our hearts and minds. The trust you place in us each day for the safety and care of your...

Understanding the Unique Struggles of a Middle Schooler

November 19, 2021 Middle school is an exciting time filled with change, self-discovery, wild hormones, and ever-changing self-identities. With one foot in childhood and the other in adolescence, we know that children at this age begin to connect more with their peers and less with their...

Practical Life Skills in the K-Prep Classroom

November 3, 2021 At Columbia Academy preschools, our K-Prep children acquire many practical life skills in the classroom. Preschool children have so much untapped potential. We help them develop and sharpen the skills that can empower them to bring out the best in themselves. Each day, children...

Looking Back on our 30-Year History

September 3, 2021 September 3, 1991 was a momentous day. It was a pleasant 81° outside, the sun was shining, and the first classes of 3- and 4-year-olds and Kindergarteners joined us as Columbia Academy opened its doors for the first time. What started with only our preschool and...

Easing Back-to-School Stress

August 27, 2021 Teachers and students alike are returning to classrooms this fall after a whirlwind year and a half. Back-to-school preparations are in full swing, and now more than ever, our Columbia Academy teachers are preparing to nurture their community of students, build and cultivate...

What To Do When Your Child Doesn’t Want To Go To School

July 30, 2021 Anxiety varies widely among young children, and its symptoms can manifest in a variety of ways. Going to school can be worrisome to some children because they are leaving the comfort of their parents, sometimes for the first time. Their emotions may be so big that they have...

Differentiated vs. Individualized Instruction

July 14, 2021 Teaching is an art form that can be both complex and highly rewarding. While students differ in a myriad of ways from their strengths, backgrounds, needs, and interests, when teachers meet them at their skill level, it not only builds confidence but also invigorates...

Preschool Nutrition: Supporting Healthy Bodies and Minds

July 1, 2021 Is your preschooler in the habit of only wanting to eat certain foods? As parents, we worry whether our children are eating enough of the right foods to properly nourish their growing bodies and minds. We worry whether we are limiting enough of those not-so-healthy food choices....