Columbus Public Schools is similar to schools found in any Midwestern community of 25,000 people. The district features five new or recently remodeled elementary facilities with state of the art computer labs. The elementary schools serve 1,707 students in grades kindergarten through fifth, middle school houses 788 students in grades sixth through eighth and the high school 1,117 students in grades nine through twelve.
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. 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. In addition, all five elementary schools and middle school offer extended programming after the school day which includes activities related to hobbies, recreation, and homework assistance.
Columbus Public Schools is in transition. In May of 2013 voters approved a new $50 million dollar high school to be built on the north edge of town. The projected completion of this project is scheduled for December of 2016. The middle school program will move to the current high school in the fall of 2017, which was renovated in 2006. Grades five through eight will inhabit the middle school. Our elementary schools will then become Kindergarten through 4th-grade attendance centers. It is also the goal of Columbus Public Schools to start an Early Childhood Center in portions of the Old middle school beginning in the fall of 2019.
Dr. Troy Loeffelholz
Columbus Public Schools
2508 27th Street
PO Box 947
Columbus, NE 68601
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