About Columbia Academy

Steeped in history and tradition, Columbia Academy covers 67 beautiful acres in the heart of Columbia, Tennessee, a community located approximately 45 minutes south of Nashville. The campus was built in 1890 as the Columbia Arsenal. In 1905, it became the Columbia Military Academy, a prestigious school that attracted students from across the country and around the world. In the fall of 1979, the CMA board turned the school over to a board of members of local churches of Christ, and the school became Columbia Academy.

Since its inception, Columbia Academy has been providing a challenging, yet Christ-centered college preparatory education for students from preschool to 12th grade. Although many private and public schools also offer a rewarding education, we believe that the difference at CA lies in its people.

  • Our dedicated faculty and staff are made up of highly qualified, godly men and women who love children and give many extra hours to provide them with the instruction and guidance they need.
  • Our families are involved and active in our school programs and in the lives of their children providing a presence that is essential to forming young men and women of character and discipline.
  • Our students are many things – unique, confident, artistic, athletic, generous, kind, driven, creative, intelligent and resourceful. It is a blessing to watch them grow physically, intellectually and spiritually every day.

The Columbia Academy Mission

“Columbia Academy is committed to serving its students so they master skills, knowledge, and character appropriate for them and their future while becoming Christ-like in attitude and behavior.”

Christian Education in a Tradition of Excellence since 1979

The Board of Trustees has created a “Foundation Statement” that serves as a guide for the spiritual focus at Columbia Academy. It can be found HERE.

The Academy Profile

  • Enrollment of around 1,198 students and average student/teacher ratio
    of 17:1

    Two campus locations – Columbia (Preschool – 12th grade) and Spring Hill (Preschool – 6th grade)

    Summer Enrichment programs and after/before school care

  • ERB-CTP standardized testing for grades 1-7

    Columbia Academy has been COGNIA (SACS) Accredited for more than 40 years

    79 teachers (Preschool – 12th Grade) – 53% of full-time faculty (K-12) hold a master’s degree or higher and all full-time faculty are state certified or pursuing certification

  • 15 competitive sports for girls and boys from elementary through 12th grade

    Fine arts opportunities in drama, chorus, band, photography, and visual arts

    Christian administrators and faculty leading students to love Jesus and the Word of God

  • Flexible payment plans and need-based financial aid (K-12)

    Full-time Security Director, two armed guards & campus-wide safety and security initiatives

    Bus transportation from Franklin,  Spring Hill, Chapel Hill, Giles County & Hickman County