What makes CA unique?

  • Columbia Academy is a dynamic place for students in grades six through eight to learn. We have a diverse student population from all over the world and seek to develop the whole child through academics, arts and enrichment. We are not your average neighborhood public school; We focus on creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking through our emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Our educators challenge every student individually with a rigorous array of classes that prepare them for high school, college and careers.

    We are proud to be Hylanders and know your students will be too!

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Get Involved

  • We believe the best way to educate our students is to have families, the community and staff collaborating together. As parents, you can help not only your students, but our entire school by getting involved in our PTO.

    We also have a great parents volunteering group.

    Call today and ask how you can help Columbia Academy create college and career ready graduates.

What We Offer

  • AVID | Life and career skills through college preparation for all grades.

    Engineering | Students in all grades use the design process to build real-world skills.

    Flipped Math | Sixth-graders experience an exciting new way of learning.

    Music (band and choir) | All of our students can perform in our elective classes and audition for our advanced band.

    Personalized Learning Initiative | All sixth- and seventh-graders are provided with district iPads.

    Pre-Advanced Placement | We offer 12 advanced courses in Science, Social Studies, English and Math.

    Spanish | Your student can test into Spanish II in 9th grade after completing 7th and 8th grade Spanish I (does not equal a credit)

    Theater | Your student can perform for live audiences. (Grade 6 core; Grades 7-8 elective)

    Leadership Opportunities | From student council to our Cops and Kids program, our students have a variety of opportunities to fine-tune their leadership skills.

Our Accomplishments

    • More than 700 students

    • Average class size of 26 students

    • 70 percent of teachers with Bachelor of Arts degrees, plus 15 or more credit hours

    • Student uniforms
    • Former Minnesota State Art Educator of the Year Stephanie Nowak.

    • Personal Learning Initiative for all grades

    • AVID programming since 2015

    • Three Future Cities and Robotics Awards

    • Statewide TIES Educator of the Year: Aaron Kennedy

    • Academic Performance