At Columbia Academy, we pride ourselves on involving the parents and the local community. Without their participation and feedback, our educational programs wouldn’t be as effective. Here’s what some of our community members had to say about Columbia Academy –
We have one child at the elementary school and one at the Kings Contrivance pre-school.
Our daughter was in Mrs. Christie's kindergarten class. It was everything that I wanted for our daughter in kindergarten. Mia had a remarkable experience and Mrs. Christie helped to significantly improve her writing skills, expand her interest in reading and give her a love of math and science. Mia loved Mrs. Christie and received a fantastic kick-off to her formal education.
Our son was in the Three's class at Kings Contrivance with Ms. Karen and Ms. Jonette. Our experience was just as positive. The teachers were caring and sensitive to the teary drop-offs and pushed Jacob to try new things. We would have liked to have more focus on writing/drawing lines and shapes to start the process of writing letters. Jacob enjoyed the play-based learning approach which fed his inquisitive nature.
We are moving out of state so both children will be leaving Columbia Academy this summer. We had a great experience at both locations and would recommend it to friends in the area.
Michelle Pretlow ThomasParent of Elementary and Middle School Student and Preschool Student
Our daughter Tori just finished 10 years at Columbia Academy (PreK-8th grade) and we were overall very happy with the school. All classrooms have smart boards. Middle school which is 5th-8th grade used tablets although issues with connection at times. Biography project presentations as early as 1st grade to help with fear of public speaking. Science fair projects 3rd-8th which students had to individually discuss with the judges to ensure they actually did the project. Kids get exposed to foreign language, PE (gym) and the arts (art, music, drama) through rotational daily schedules which our daughter enjoyed. All students get 30 minute daily recess after lunch to reenergize or use as study period. Lots of educational field trips. Could use a more structured math program in middle school so kids are learning Algebra I in 8th grade vs math 8 with some Algebra to better prepare for high school. School offers awards for student of the month in each grade as well as virtue of the month. Finally got a good Spanish teacher the last year we were there so hopefully that will help better prepare kids for HS. Also did enhancements to their computer technology curriculum and now involve ways to research. Logistics are great ~ great for working parents. Options of 6:30 am – 6:30 pm. School rarely closes ~ non-academic days for snow days. Very small class sizes. Our daughter's class size ranged 8-15 kids mostly on the low end. Her 2016 graduating class was 8 kids. Great teachers who care not only as education professionals but who help prepare the kids for life (organization, study habits, behaviorally, etc). Great administration ~ always willing to hear feedback and implement what works. Head of admin really cares about making improvements and spends a great deal of time communicating with parents. CA offers great camps during winter and spring breaks as well as 10 weeks during the summer although they need to pro-rate the week of 4th of July. Summer camps broken down by grade and each week involves structured schedule of activities, 3 days of pool at different locations and a field trip. Our daughter is now at Chapelgate Christian Academy and has a 96-100 in all 8 of her classes for the first 3 quarters ~ Thank you Columbia Academy for preparing her for success. Head of admin has my email if you would like additional info. Val W-HParent of Elementary and Middle School Graduate
This is our first year at the school and we have been so impressed with all the teachers and administrators. Our child's confidence has grown so much this year. We are excited for many more years at this schoolParent from Columbia Academy Elementary and Middle School
Larriland received the cutest and so creative thank you card from Columbia Academy at Thunder Hill for their hayride outing. It is on prominent display in our office. If you could pass on to the classroom that we are pleased as a field of pumpkins could be for their kind words! I hear nothing but good things about every class that comes to our farm from the Columbia Academy.Office Administrator Larriland Farm
Thank you! The school year is going so well. He is such a different kid at the school (more confidence, less anxiety) and is feeling so comfortable with everyone. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher than Mrs. Cleveland. Her personality is the perfect match for Michael. We look forward to many more years at the school!
Parent Columbia Academy Elementary and Middle School
Ms. Britney and Ms. Kathy,
This message is long overdue and for that I am sorry. I was hoping to see you both at the same time in person. We just really wanted to thank you both for working with us and getting Tessa into her new classroom and Columbia Academy Maple Lawn early/before the start of the school year. Even before Tessa adjusted we were so thankful that we make the switch to your school. Very quickly we were able to see the difference, from our previous experience, in the administration and teachers, and we could see the difference in Tessa and everything new was was learning. She is adjusted now and very excited to go to her "new school" every morning to see her friends and teachers. Ms. Cynthia, Lauren, DeeDee, and Antonia have been great with her - working with her to get adjusted and to thrive. She is learning a lot and we feel much more comfortable with her in your care.
Thank you and have a great weekend, BetsyParent from Columbia Academy Preschool at Maple Lawn
After two years of [middle school] attendance at Columbia Academy, my wife and I can state, without hesitation, that [my child] is now a completely different child. She is still a "work in progress" academically and emotionally, but the positive impact that you and your staff had on her was enormous.ParentColumbia AcademyElementary & Middle School
My son is very energetic, curious, and outgoing so in looking for a school it was important to me that I found a place where he could grow not only socially but academically as well. I felt that in public school my five year old was labeled, and possibly neglected in such big class of 23 children causing him to fall behind. I have to say I am extremely impressed at how his teacher and staff at Columbia Academy have been able to channel all his energy in such wonderful, productive and positive manner. I appreciate the patience, understanding and efforts form the staff to communicate even what some would consider trivial…ParentColumbia Academy
Our son attended Columbia Academy for kindergarten last year and now started first grade. We've been extremely happy with the school and staff. The class sizes are small and the kids get a lot of individual attention and care. The teachers are truly amazing and are able to get the kids excited about learning. Our son loves going there every day! We highly recommend this school to everyone!Kindergarten Parent
My daughter attended Columbia Academy for four years. She loved her teachers and really got a solid foundation that will last forever. When we had to move her to another school she was above grade level. I recommend Columbia for an alternative over Howard County's extremely over-crowded schools.ParentColumbia Academy
We have been with Columbia Academy EMS for two years. It's been a great experience with all of the teachers being very caring, hard working, and dedicated. Every teacher has bent over backwards to help. The administration is approachable and friendly. The director has been there for a long time and knows all the kids by face where that is really rare. The school's head is very dynamic and insures that there's no bullying and that every staff member is accountable and evaluated and the instruction is sound. The communication is the best with newsletters or phone calls and a big Friday email that tells everyone everything that needs to be known. There are never any secrets at CA. It's a great family-like school for kids who need a comfortable atmosphere, no bullying, small class size where the kids needs are known and met, a place to go when other schools won't open for working parents...and they even give every child a tablet. Cost is reasonable instead of paying out 30 grand for a large school where your kid won't be given as much 1 to 1 attention...and then you can't save up money for a high school. It has been a much better option than the public school.ParentColumbia Academy
Elementary & Middle School
My son has been at Columbia Academy EMS since pre-k. The school has fostered his development of both academic and social skills. Not only is he provided with a firm academic setting, the school also encourages community service projects that benefit the community as a whole. The school has small class sizes that allow students to receive the individual attention that is so important in today's academic environment.ParentColumbia Academy
Elementary & Middle School
Columbia Academy strives for excellence. My daughter has been at Columbia Academy for 4 years and it seems that it gets better every year. Students feel respected and are treated with their well-being in mind. Columbia Academy provides a clear routine for students and a high level of commitment from teachers. The school creates an environment where students are challenged and want to learn. I highly recommend Columbia Academy. I believe CAs education program builds a solid love of learning that will carry into later grades.Parent
What a gem we have found in Columbia Academy, and in Mrs. Christie in particular. We are very impressed how much one-on-one attention and care that our son has received. We are very optimistic that he is in an ideal environment to work through his areas of academic weakness.Kindergarten Parent
I know people only have a tendency to reach out when things are going wrong (myself included). However, I wanted to let you know that I think you are doing an excellent job. I have seen a big positive change in my son.
I thought I would email you and just say Thank You. Thank You for enduring tough issues and always being consistent with the kids. Thank you for increasing communication, organizing more fun activities and always being positive.Laura, Parent
I really appreciate you.
My daughter started Columbia Academy as a kindergartner and has been there for the past 3 years. I am so grateful for the quality of education she has received. Her second grade teacher has made learning fun and challenging for Sophia this year. We also couldn't be happier with the specials teachers (Spanish, art, music, ELM) and after care program. The teaching staff and administration staff instill values in the students and require the kids respect their teachers and peers. The smaller class size is also a plus. My daughter's confidence and self-esteem has grown significantly over the past three years and I think that is a direct reflection of the supportive environment at Columbia Academy.ParentColumbia Academy
Elementary & Middle School
[Our daughter] has been very happy at Columbia Academy and, had we been able to stay in Maryland, she would have continued there. I am so grateful for the quality of education she has received. Mrs. Torres is a fantastic teacher who has made learning fun and challenging for [her] this year. We also couldn't be happier with the specials teachers and after care program. [Our daughter’s] confidence and self-esteem has grown significantly over the past three years and I think that is a direct reflection of the supportive environment at Columbia Academy.Parent
My son attends Columbia Academy. It has been an incredible year for him. His teacher really loves him for who he is. All of the teachers are actually amazing and the class sizes is very small. They have after care after school and clubs for the students. Misbehavior effecting others is not tolerated by the teachers or the administrative leaders, and the character education program supports a positive environment. My son was having a problem and the school stepped in and helped him day one. The school administration is really helpful and they have a strong team of people. The school has excellent diversity in the kids but in the staff and this is something that my family and I were looking for. The school works with our schedule and I know that he will have a good day at school and don't have to worry about the phone ringing. He is learning to love school. He is learning to form positive feelings about going to school. He can write leaps and bounds above children his age because of his teacher. We also like that the school allows the parents to walk the kids to morning homeroom and to even walk to the class to pick up at after care. I am allowed to meet with his teacher every day. We are very thankful for Columbia Academy. It is the best school and offers a sense of community, caring, safety, and diversity, that no other school can match. You can feel the sense of caring and family that the school creates at events like Movie Night. We are more than happy with our choice and we feel that this school is very worth the money because our son will not be able to do school over again once he is grown. Check out Columbia Academy in Columbia!Parent
Columbia AcademyElementary & Middle School
We have been a Columbia Academy family for 13+ years and have been extremely happy with the school. Our daughter, now a freshman in college attended CA from K-8. Her transition into high school honors & AP classes was academically very smooth. Our son is currently in 6th grade and has been there since K. The classes sizes are small enough that each child gets necessary attention; in our experience the staff are willing (and have time) to 'stretch' a child academically as needed. Teachers seem to enjoy coming up with creative ways to help the kids learn. It's obvious that the teachers & directors care about the kids. But it's not just about straight academics. The school holds an outdoor day at a local park each spring & fall, including students and families, each grade has ~1 field trip each month. The whole school participates in a Culture Fair, Science Fair and Biography Bash (research, come dressed as and report on a 'real' person for Halloween). The PTSA sponsors several events each year, like Family Bingo night, movie night and the school engages in volunteer activities like drives for the Maryland Food Bank. The school is open from 6:30 a to 6:30 p, without most of the weather related school closings with the public schools. The school population offers a rich diversity and a great overall experience for the kids. If you live in this area, you should check it out!Parent
Elementary & Middle School
Now is the perfect time of year to appreciate the gifts that life has bestowed upon us. Our daughter is truly blessed to have such a school. It’s never been lost on me that so much of the ongoing maturity of an individual can be compromised by peripheral experiences that occur outside the home. I am so impressed by the ethical and social responsibility that the teachers continue to impress upon the young minds that will eventually evolve into our future leaders. Please pass this message on to all of your dedicated teachers that work SO SO SO hard to make the young minds that will form our future thrive. She is developing into something truly exceptional, and I believe that Columbia Academy played a significant part in that progression. Some presents can be opened. Some presents just happen. I feel that the wonderful dedication of your teachers is one of those “presents” that doesn’t show up under the Christmas Tree, but will perpetuate throughout her life as a gift that will “Keep on Giving”.Parent
The Columbia Academy preschool locations all feed into one elementary / middle school. Its a nice place, and they have a lot of good resources: library, computer lab, science lab, art studio, music studio, etc. Highly recommended.Community Member
Elementary & Middle School
This School is the best, My little girl is grown up and going to high school, she went from being a b student to straight a:) Thank You Columbia Academy:)Parent
Elementary & Middle School