“A mind stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimensions.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
In our Lower School and Upper School, the academic experience is enriched by the addition of supplemental curriculum areas which allow our children to gain exposure to many important disciplines and concepts. Fine arts, physical education, library studies and technology are four specific areas that are emphasized throughout the curriculum path from Jr. Kindergarten through 12th grade.
REACH is a supplementary academic program offered to Upper School students, who have been evaluated and meet the qualifications as academically advanced or gifted. The program consists of periodic events, trips, and opportunities designed to enrich and support the regular school curriculum. An essential component of each activity is a culminating paper and brief student presentation before a panel (paper and presentation may be a collaborative effort, but by groups of no more than three (3) students.) The program is intended to instill a college level mindset in students while also exposing them to challenging and thought-provoking opportunities they may not have within the regular curriculum.
REACH is for students in grades 8 – 12 who meet the qualifying criteria:
- Score 85th percentile or higher on the OLSAT exam* (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test)
- Have a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 3.5 or higher
- Score an overall 90% composite score on the annual ACT Aspire test
Students in grades 8 – 12 may qualify for REACH at any time. Students enrolled in REACH must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA (grade point average) at the conclusion of each semester grade-reporting period. Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of each semester grade reporting period will no longer be eligible for the program. Students who lose eligibility in the program may not re-apply for REACH for a full calendar year.
REACH students who participate in and complete the requirements for at least eight (8) activities will receive a special cord and recognition at their high school graduation**, as well as a special Advanced (REACH program) designation on their diploma.
**The Class of 2019 will only be required to complete six activities for the cord and diploma recognition.
All expenses for each REACH activity will be incurred by the parent/student.
*The OLSAT test administration fee will also be incurred by the parent/student.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
CLICK HERE to complete and submit the REACH application, which should be submitted to the Director of Academics, Dr. Clint Pulse. After completing the application, parents/guardians will be contacted to schedule OLSAT testing. Students will be evaluated through the online version of the OLSAT (Otis-Lenning School Ability Test) for a fee of $10 per test administration. Columbia Academy personnel will calculate the student GPA (grade point average). PLEASE NOTE: All 7th grade students will automatically be tested using the OLSAT for baseline data at the beginning of the school year at no additional charge.
For questions about REACH, please contact Dr. Clint Pulse.
ETHOS DIGITAL LEARNING
The BIG News about Ethos Learning is here!
It is with great excitement to announce that Columbia Academy will be partnering with Ethos, a virtual school provided by Greater Atlanta Christian, to provide more Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Credit (DC) course offerings for our students. Currently, we offer nine DC and AP course options for students; however, that number will be growing to 30 through Ethos School – the largest number of college credit options offered by ANY SCHOOL in MAURY COUNTY! Ethos will be offered starting this fall for students in grades 10-12.
Ethos offers rigorous high school level course offerings currently centered around Advanced Placement and world languages. 100% of Ethos faculty possess or are currently pursuing a graduate degree, with 50% of those holding or currently pursuing Doctorate degrees. In addition, Ethos teachers currently maintain an 85% AP test pass rate compared to 60% nationally.
Ethos faculty teach from a Christian perspective and offer students a safe, faith-filled environment. The Ethos program allows for flexibility in the completion of coursework, thus accommodating students to study and learn at a time that is most convenient for them. Ultimately, Ethos exists to transform the traditional classroom experience, and increase students’ college admission profile and their college performance.
This opportunity is just one of many ways that Columbia Academy remains committed to academic achievement and excellence. We look forward to providing even more educational opportunities for our students in the future.
For more information, please see the provided links below. We look forward to our students taking advantage of this great opportunity!
CLICK HERE for Course Offerings.
CLICK HERE for Course Fees.
CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions.
Total Learning Concepts
What is TLC?
Although we consistently provide “Tender Loving Care” at Columbia Academy, we add to that a program for our Jr. K and Kindergarten called TLC or “Total Learning Concepts.” TLC is a cutting-edge program designed to prepare our Jr. K and K for success in the classroom. We do this by using movement based learning activities that stimulate the brain and foster right/left brain development. The program involves cross-curricular areas of art, guidance, library, music and physical education.
Current literature and research on early childhood development reveal that many students (regardless of socio-economic status) lack early childhood movement, artistic and musical experiences that stimulate and prepare the brain for academic learning. Research has suggested that the total amount of time spent by infants lying on their backs and riding in car seats for long periods of time interfere with basic motor and vision development. Too often, the television and computer screens have taken the place of experiential play and activity.
Daily participation in our TLC program prepares children better for the readiness challenges they face in their classrooms. We have found that shorter doses of daily, consistent participation in this program are a better approach than the traditional 30-45 minute classes meeting once or twice a week.
In other schools, similar programs have helped to better prepare first grade students to learn reading, writing and mathematics. Students at Columbia Academy participating in TLC have already demonstrated skills and confidence in all special areas (art, guidance, library, music and physical education) that surpass results obtained prior to implementation of TLC.
HARMONY at CA
In an effort to bridge the teaching and learning gap for students who have difficulty meeting the challenges of a college-prep curriculum, Columbia Academy has implemented the Harmony program for qualified students in grades 3-12 at the Columbia campus. The name “Harmony” comes from I Peter 3:8, “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
The program admits a limited number of students each year. Space in the program is not guaranteed and admission is administered on a case-by-case basis. With elementary and special education certifications and more than 20 years experience, Melissa Bryant leads the program as Director and works with Upper School students in grades 7-12. She is assisted by Carrie Beasley, who has ten years experience and works with students in the Lower School.
The program assigns students with mild learning disabilities to the Harmony classroom as needed. Harmony assignments could be for as little as one subject per day or for several subjects such as language arts, math and a study skills class. As an advocate between the student and teachers, our Harmony teachers can work with the classroom teachers to make modifications to the students’ assignments for subjects like science, history, Bible, and P.E.
Students admitted into the Harmony program will be qualified through testing and medical records. The program cannot accept students with behavior disorders. For more information about the program including fee structure, interested families should contact Director Melissa Bryant at 931-398-5346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbia Academy’s Digital Learning Environment is designed to equip our students with cutting-edge technology, training, and engaging tools to help them prepare and train for exemplary lives of Christian leadership and service in a world that is becoming increasingly dependent on technology.
In 2010, Columbia Academy became the first school in the state of Tennessee to implement a 1:1 iPad program. We provide students many ways to access online information. Three computer labs, library computer access, and the school’s 1:1 program in grades 3-12 provide a plethora of opportunities for CA students to access online resources.
Please take the time to review our Responsible Use Policy (Technology Handbook).
LIBRARY / MEDIA CENTER
There are three library/media center locations serving Jr. Kindergarten through 12th grade at CA. Librarian Hannah Irish oversees all three centers with the assistance of Malaika Ballard at the Upper School. In the new world of libraries, CA offers the conventional library enhanced with new technology. Each library location includes hardcover books, e-books and access to iPads or Google Chromebooks.
The Lonnie Lee Safely Memorial Library is located in Vest Hall and serves grades Jr. K-6 grades. Classes are available for Jr. Kindergarten – 6th grades. Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten meet once a week for 35 minutes. The last ten minutes of class are spent completing movement based learning activities that stimulate the brain and foster right/left brain development. (click here for more info on TLC). Grades 1-6 meet for a 40 minute class for library lessons that include story time, book reviews, author and illustrator studies, library skill lessons, and book checkout. Open book checkout time is from 7:45 -10:40 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
The Spring Hill Campus library serves Jr. K-4th grades. The Librarian works at the Spring Hill campus two mornings a week. Jr. Kindergarten – 4th grade meet once a week for a 40 minute class for library lessons that include story time, book reviews, author and illustrator studies, library skill lessons, and check out.
The Glenn H. Stephenson Memorial Library, a division of the CA Library Media Center, is located in Polk Hall. The library assistant, Kari Robinson, manages the collection for grades 7-12, which is overseen by the librarian. The library is open from 7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. daily for book checkout and research. The library houses three Google Chromebooks and a printer for student use. All students in grades 7-12 use an iPad for their daily notes and research in addition to many learning applications.
Physical Education is an integral part of the total educational program of each student in our school. Through the medium of sport and movement all students will participate in a sequential, differentiated program that fosters each student’s personal health, fitness and safety. Through exposure to a wide variety of activities, students will gain the necessary knowledge to understand the importance of and make educated decisions around opportunities to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Columbia Academy is committed to and supports the development of a positive and appropriate values driven education. Social skills which include but are not limited to respect, cooperation, communication, teamwork and sportsmanship are an important aspect of the P.E. curriculum and will be directly taught throughout the student’s school career.
The values, principles and concepts associated with a quality P.E. program surpass the boundaries of the gymnasium and playing fields. Physical activity is a catalyst for learning in all content areas. Our school is committed to providing programming in physical education which allows frequent and diverse opportunities to engage in physical activities necessary to support a healthy mind, body and soul.
NASPE PE Standards (National Association for Sport and Physical Education)
Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.
Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical
Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/ or social interaction.