Upper School at CA

The Columbia Academy Upper School for grades 7-12 offers a college preparatory curriculum. Many high achieving students take advanced English in grades 9-11 and AP English Literature in the 12th grade. Advanced sections of biology and chemistry are also available in addition to an advanced track and differing paths in mathematics. The guidance counselor and teachers study educational data to determine a course of study for each student.

Generally, students are assigned to a standard course of study which includes a class in Bible at every grade level. Students are also required to take a math course every year. Students may choose from the following classes when there are options: Chemistry II, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Environmental Science, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Accounting, Yearbook, Strength and Conditioning, Unified Physical Education, Multimedia, Art I, Art II, Chorus and Theatre. Students in grades 9-12 are also required to have four hours of approved community service per nine-week quarter.

Columbia Academy participates with Columbia State Community College and Freed-Hardeman University in a dual enrollment program. Students in the junior and senior years of high school have the opportunity for dual college and high school credit in some classes. Columbia Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancED, and our graduates meet the standards set by the state as to the number of credits and the types of courses required for graduation.

The ACT Aspire achievement test is used to measure student progress in grades 7-8. Students enrolled in Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, English I, English II, English III, and US History will take the state end-of-course tests. Ninth grade students take the EXPLORE test.  Tenth grade students take the PLAN test. Eleventh grade students take the ASVAB. All seniors are required to take the ACT before graduating.

On the ACT college-entrance exam, our graduating class average is higher than the local, state and national average each year. Many Columbia Academy juniors and seniors are inducted each spring into the National Honor Society (NHS). To be inducted in the NHS, a student must show strengths in scholarship, leadership, and community service.