K-12 Education

FROM READERS: Kids' winning essays address overcoming adversity

Fourth-graders wrote about a person or a situation that best exemplifies Blind Boone's famous motto, "merit not sympathy wins."

Dual-language immersion program proposed at Columbia School Board meeting

If approved, the proposed Spanish and English immersion program would start for kindergarteners during the 2015-16 school year.

Ed Schumacher tapped as Smithton Middle School principal

Pending approval from the Columbia School Board, Ed Schumacher will replace Smithton principal Jean Selby.

Missouri Scholars Academy celebrates 30 years

More than 9,500 scholars have been part of the academy throughout its 30-year history.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fifth-grade class graduates at Alpha Hart Elementary School

Fifth-graders and teachers celebrated the end of the Columbia Public Schools' year on Thursday.

FROM READERS: Eighth-graders share hopes for the future

The Missourian asked a class of eighth-graders from West Middle School to answer this question: "What do you hope you can say about yourself in four years?" Here are their responses.

Program aims to keep students active with longer walks to buses

During the summer, West Middle School students along two bus routes will have slightly longer walks to the bus stop from their houses. This PedNet and Columbia Public Schools pilot program is an attempt to get kids moving.

Smithton sixth-graders celebrate end of school with field trip

Students and teachers from Smithton Middle School enjoyed a day of fun and games at Cosmopolitan Park.


MU High graduates diverse, far-flung class of 2014

Thirteen students received their diplomas at MU High School's 2014 graduation Saturday afternoon. MU High graduate Scott Thuong, who graduated at the age of 14, spoke of how independent study allowed him to pursue his dreams.

Hundreds from Columbia schools to travel to Wyoming for science trip

More than 300 students and 40 teachers from Columbia Public Schools will travel to Wyoming for a science field trip.

5 Columbia students win National Merit Scholarships

Two of the local students attended Rock Bridge High School, two attended Hickman High School, and one attended Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City.

Tolton Catholic graduates first senior class

The ceremony for Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School's first class of graduating seniors was held Friday night in the school's commons area.

Douglass High School graduates largest class

Douglass High School's largest graduating class includes some of the most "persistent, courageous, tenacious" students principal Eryca Neville has seen, she said at the commencement ceremony Friday.


Hickman graduates overcome barriers

Hickman High School graduates spoke of overcoming adversity and language barriers.


State says no approval for Normandy lawsuit costs

In its lawsuit, Normandy contends that the 1993 transfer law is unconstitutional and that the district cannot comply with its requirements. It was filed Wednesday in St. Louis County by the district and several residents, and it names as defendants the State Board of Education, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and 20 St. Louis-area school districts.

U.S. Presidential Scholar, new mom among graduates at Rock Bridge High

Rock Bridge Principal Jennifer Mast reminded those attending Thursday's ceremony that graduating from high school isn't an accomplishment to be taken lightly.

Surprise graduates make Battle High School history

Ashley Popham and Jason McCloud became the first students to receive their diplomas from Muriel Williams Battle High School at a small ceremony Thursday night.

As Columbia Independent School seniors prepare for future, they look back

Eight students graduated from Columbia Independent School on Thursday. But first, they reminisced on their time together and reflected on what comes next.

FROM READERS: Hopes and dreams from high school seniors

Seniors from Hickman High School spoke about where they see themselves in the next four years. Some thought of graduate school. Others hoped for a journey abroad.

UPDATE: Graduation guide for Columbia high schools

Columbia's high school seniors and nontraditional students are preparing to don their graduation gowns and caps and celebrate their successes. This graduation guide will help you celebrate with them.