Upper School at CA

The Columbia Academy Upper School for grades 7-12 offers a college preparatory curriculum. Advanced sections of English, biology, and chemistry are available in addition to an advanced track and differing paths in mathematics. Columbia Academy currently offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Language, Literature, US History, Government, and Calculus. The Harmony program is also available for students with learning disabilities. 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 test is used to measure student progress towards college and career readiness in grades 7-10. This test accurately predicts performance on the ACT test. Juniors take the ACT on campus during a school day in the Spring at no additional cost. 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.