Columbus Public Schools are similar to schools found in any Midwestern community of 25,000 people. In other ways, however, the differences which exist may be said to be significant. The Columbus Public School system stresses academic performance. Core area curricula for reading/ language arts, math, science and social studies are aligned to the Nebraska Standards. Curriculum guides for all other content areas are developed using state frameworks and national standards.
The district features five new or recently remodeled elementary facilities with state of the art computer labs.The elementary schools serve 1,558 students in grades kindergarten through fourth middle school houses 1,122 students in grades fifth through eighth and the high school 1,226 students in grades ninth through twelfth.
CPS elementary schools provide a comprehensive program emphasizing the acquisition of reading and math skills. The High Ability Learner (HAL) program provides critical and creative learning opportunities for qualifying students. Students in grades four and five participate in programming that fosters individual student interests and abilities.
CMS has many opportunities to explore potential careers. Their Career
Technology program is based upon the Nebraska Careers Model.
Several CMS elective classes are also offered that enable students to take a more in-depth look at various careers. For instance, Career Opportunities 8 provides students with a chance to identify and explore specific careers of personal interest. This class provides job shadowing and mentor lunch opportunities as well as visits to the local community college and job fairs. Manufacturing 8 is an entrepreneurial class in which students design, construct, market, and sell a product. Students gain a first-hand understanding of all that is needed to make a profit in business.
Middle school students are able to participate in the High Ability Learners program as an elective class. They may also take upper level math and English classes.
High school students can take advantage of numerous AP classes and dual credit courses in a variety of departments, as well as a wide variety of career and technology classes related to electronics, mechatronics, manufacturing, engineering, construction, auto mechanics, family and consumer science, business, computer technology and career exploration. Fine arts offerings include instrumental, vocal, theater and visual arts experiences. Five levels of both Spanish and German language classes are offered.
Students attending Columbus Public Schools can choose from a wide array of extra curricular activities. The high school offers more than 50 options, including 19 sports. There are scholastic organizations from Destination Imagination where students compete using creative and futuristic thinking skills to dance team and Yearbook. The middle school also provides many chances for involvement in academic, athletic, recreational, fine arts, and leadership activities beyond the school day. In addition, all five elementary schools offer extended programming after the school day which includes activities related to hobbies, recreation, and homework assistance.
Appropriate educational services for all students is important in the Columbus Public Schools. Students with handicapping conditions need specialized services to help them maximize their learning capabilities. A continuum of Special Education services and programs are provided to meet individual needs. Early childhood services include support of families and children in home and preschool settings. School age children receive Special Education services in regular education classrooms and in self-contained settings as determined by each child’s individualized educational plan.
Staff Development is an essential element of Columbus Public Schools educational plan. Teachers selected for this district are judged to be highly professional with the desire and intent to continually grow professionally.
Preschool Program at Centennial, Emerson, and West Park
3 full time nurses on staff
Health aids in all buildings
64% of the teachers with master degrees
Student to Teacher ratio: 16 to 1
High School enrollment: 1,226
Middle School enrollment: 1,122
Elementary enrollment: 1,558