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“CA at Spring Hill is a very special place.

The students are hardworking and have a conscience with their behavior and attention to learning. The faculty is some of the best that I’ve worked with in my 20+ year career. They’re tireless in their care for our kids and diligent to achieving high expectations.”

– Nathan Hixson, Principal 

For more than 40 years, Columbia Academy has been educating children for bright futures with an eternal perspective. Eight years ago, that vision expanded with the addition of a satellite campus in the Spring Hill community. Today, Columbia Academy at Spring Hill is a light in the community, offering a strong academic, extracurricular and spiritual education option. CA students and their families are blessed to enjoy big experiences on a smaller scale.

In our brief time as a Spring Hill campus, the on-going question that I’ve heard over the years has been regarding expansion of offerings to our families and our community.  Well, the time has come!  We’re excited to bring our youngest bulldogs onto campus for the 2019/2020 school year!  Younger siblings of many of our existing students will be accepted in our new 3 year old pre-school class.  Mrs. Michele Mainord has been working hard to prepare an awesome and engaging environment that will be recognizable upon first stepping into her classroom.  Ample space will be a common thread in the daily happenings as students engage in age appropriate foundational skills, collaborative play time and other state mandated components to ensure a full day.  This addition to our campus will also be an enhancement to the overall school complexion as our 3 year olds will have opportunities to engage with the ‘big kids’ too throughout the year.  Numbers are ideal for our start, but interest is quickly gaining traction as the need is high!  We’re approaching capacity and are already considering options for expansion to meet the need.  Come take a look by setting up a tour at your earliest convenience!   -Nathan Hixson, Principal

This is …Columbia Academy at Spring Hill

  • Offering Preschool, Jr. Kindergarten and K-5th Grade (NEW! 3-Year old class & 5th grade in Fall 2019)
  • Field trips, special guests and integrated opportunities with Columbia campus (Preschool – 12th grade)
  • Degreed and fully accredited teachers at every learning level
  • Elementary extracurricular programs such as sports (cheer, cross-country, basketball, football); chorus and fine arts
  • Smaller class sizes providing productive teacher interactions and ideal support for academic and social development
  • Spiritual development through regular worship assemblies, prayer, and age appropriate curriculum to help develop students’ love for God and His word
  • Weekly special area classes in art, music, technology, P.E. and library
  • Security Director & campus-wide safety and security initiatives

At CA at Spring Hill, our families have come to expect our best! We work tirelessly to offer a unique blend of family atmosphere, Christian principles and academic rigor. We get excited about offering our students these opportunities!

Quality First Instruction

Using Tennessee State Standards and the ACT Readiness Standards to inform our curriculum, our teachers are diligent to developing each child to reach his or her greatest potential.

ACT Aspire

In a strategic move away from state standardized testing, CA measures student progress with the ACT Aspire starting in third grade. Data collected throughout the school year prepares students to achieve higher scores on the ACT in high school. CA ACT scores are consistently above the local, state and national average.


This program introduces phonics skills to the youngest “Bulldogs” on our campus. Beginning in preschool, students are introduced to letters, sounds, and spelling. The program continues in Jr. Kindergarten, Kindergarten and first grade to ensure a solid foundation.

Daily 5

Not all students learn the same way. This approach to learning in first through fourth grade assists students who learn at different paces and levels. Depending on the grade level, this may include manipulatives, collaborative time with peers, and independent work space.

STEM Learning

Classroom and lab time is dedicated to growing our STEM offerings (Science / Technology / Engineering / Mathematics). We use hands-on experiments and unconventional learning to teach students to strategize, problem solve, and expand their knowledge through these experiences.

Accelerated Reading

We love literacy and instilling a love of reading in children. The AR program encourages students to read a variety of books throughout the year with a reward system.


Faculty & Staff – Get to Know Us!

Nathan Hixson – Principal

  • 21 years experience in private and public education
  • B.A., Liberal Studies – California State University, Stanislaus
  • M.Ed., Instructional Leadership – Freed-Hardeman University

Carrie McCullough – Jr. Kindergarten

  • Six years teaching experience (Pre-K, K & 2nd grade)
  • B.S., Early Childhood – Harding University
  • M.Ed., Theories and Practice – Arkansas State University
  • State Certification: PreK-3

Rebecca Williams – Kindergarten

  • Six years teaching experience
  • B.S., Elementary Education – Lipscomb University
  • State Certification: K-6

LeeAnn Staggs – 1st Grade

  • 24 years teaching experience / 11 years administrative experience
  • B.S., Early Childhood Education – University of Tennessee at Martin
  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction – Tennessee State University
  • +39 hours above M.Ed., Counseling and Administration – Tennessee State University
  • State Certifications: Pre-K – 12 Administrator, Teaching – Pre-K-8 and 9-12 Mathematics

Alice Dahlstrom – 2nd Grade

  • 27 years of experience in private and public education
  • BBA in Accounting – Freed Hardeman University
  • BS in Education – University of TN at Martin
  • State certification – Elementary Education

Katie Reed – 3rd Grade

  • 19 years teaching experience
  • B.S., Elementary Ed – MTSU
  • M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, Reading Specialist – Carson-Newman University
  • State Certifications: Elementary Education, Special Education, & Reading Specialist

Chris Carroll – 4th Grade

  • 18 years teaching experience both in USA and Internationally
  • B.S. in Business Management from Oklahoma State University
  • Masters in Art of Teaching from University of Arkansas in Monticello
  • State Certifications:  Arkansas (middle school) & working towards TN certification in K-6 

Karla Hardison – 5th Grade

  • 15 years teaching experience
  • B.S., Accounting – Lipscomb University
  • M.Ed., Instructional Practice – Lipscomb University
  • State Certification: K-6

CONTACT for Admissions

Contact Amberly Kaylor, Spring Hill campus Admissions Representative at 931-486-1002 / amberly.kaylor@cabulldogs.org

Come Visit Us…at Columbia Academy – Spring Hill!