Enrichment Opportunities

The adage that claims “experience is the best teacher” holds true at Columbia Academy. Every year, students have the opportunity to learn more through field trips and travel opportunities. From Paris, France to the James K. Polk home in downtown Columbia, students from Jr. K through the 12th grade take to the road to enhance their academic experience.

During the school year, high school environmental science classes visit Big Bigby Creek and the wastewater treatment plant in Columbia. The locations provide the students hands-on lessons in stream ecology as they catch and identify macro invertebrates, discuss water pollution and perform water quality tests.

At the Lower School, fourth graders tour the Ridley 4-H Center in the spring where they enjoy hands-on activities in environmental and life science. The fourth grade also takes an annual walking tour of downtown Columbia. Other grades regularly travel to Music City to explore the Adventure Science Center, the Nashville Zoo and the Nashville Children’s Theater.

Students have opportunities to travel longer distances with annual high school trips to New York City, Chicago and bi-annual international trips. The sixth grade travels each spring to Cincinnati, Ohio and the eighth grade visits our nation’s capital in Washington D.C.

Our Lower School age students also have the opportunity to enjoy fun enrichment activities during breaks, including Summer Enrichment camps and activities. Every summer, students enjoy academic camps, fine arts camps, special interest camps and athletic camps. We also offer full-time care available during the summer in addition to the camps in the Summer Enrichment program. See the 2017 Summer Enrichment Schedule here.