K-12 Education

Columbia schools receive $10,000 to improve parent, community engagement

The public engagement grant from the National Education Association will fuel efforts to address academic achievement gaps among students.

6 Missouri educators vie for top teaching honor

Forty-seven districts in the state submitted applications.

Volunteers needed to help name new high school

The Columbia School Board is seeking volunteers to help name the new high school located on St. Charles Road.

Former Liberty superintendent enters plea to misdemeanor

Former Liberty school superintendent William Scott Taveau entered an Alford plea to deceptive business practices.

First day of school goes smoothly in Columbia

Teachers, principals and students were excited to begin the school year Thursday. First-day attendance for the district was up 177 from the first day of the 2009-10 school term.



About 1,500 attend private schools in Columbia

Although most families send their kids to Columbia Public Schools, about 1,500 students will attend one of Columbia’s eight private independent or religious schools this academic year.

Heat will shorten school day Friday for some local schools

Schools without air conditioning will dismiss early Friday. All other schools will remain in session all day.




Columbia Public Schools by the numbers

The district estimates it will have 17,747 students for the 2010-2011 school year.

Benton Elementary buzzes in preparation of first day

Thomas Hart Benton Elementary School, true to its mascot of a bee, was buzzing with activity on Wednesday as teachers and staff members prepared for the first day of school.

First-year teacher puts finishing touches on classroom

Teachers and staff prepared Wednesday for the first day of school.

Junior high, middle school set stage for adulthood

Teachers start school work early in Columbia Public Schools. Classes begin Thursday.

Columbia students beat the averages for ACT and AP Exams

Test scores for students in Columbia Public Schools again beat state and national averages.

Parents share strategies for back-to-school shopping

Pink erasers, bright crayons and colorful folders line the shelves in Columbia stores, ready to go "back to school" with Columbia Public School District students Thursday. Parents share their tips for outfitting their children for the new year. 

Heritage Academy hires new administrator

Heritage Academy in Columbia hired Kathleen Mallory as its new chief administrative officer. Heritage Academy is a K-12 Christian school and begins the 2010-2011 academic year on Aug. 23.

Columbia Public Schools prepare for heat without air conditioning

Those elementary and junior high schools in Columbia Public Schools lacking air conditioning are preparing for late-summer heat with a plan including potential half-days and lots of fans. 

Flooding, traffic concerns surround new parking lot for Jefferson Junior High School

Creating a new lot would allow parents to more easily pick up and drop off students, but its construction also could contribute to flooding problems in the area.

New Catholic high school receives $1 million pledge challenge

An anonymous family has pledged $1 million to the new Catholic high school being built in Columbia if fundraisers can reach the $12 million mark.

Columbia School District to appeal sanctions placed on Lewis Elementary

The district plans to send a letter of appeal to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to remove the sanctions placed on Lewis Elementary School. 

Leadership conference draws FFA teens from across Missouri

Teens rapped about charities and made the most of blue corduroy Thursday when about 140 high school students in FFA attended a leadership conference at MU.

After MAP, Midway, Two Mile Prairie open to students for transfer

Columbia Public School District elementary students have two options for transferring from schools that did not meet academic progress standards under the No Child Left Behind Act.