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Columbia Elementary (PK-2)
Preschool-2nd Grade
Phone: (517) 592-6632
Columbia Upper Elementary (3-6)
3rd-6th Grade

Phone: (517) 592-2181
Columbia Central Jr. High School
7th-8th Grade
Phone: (517) 769-8652
Columbia Central Sr. High School
9th-12th Grade
CCHS Phone: (517) 592-6634
Columbia Options High School
Phone: (517) 529-9400
Building Locations
Columbia Virtual Academy

The State of Michigan is requiring 180 days of school for students beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. School is scheduled to begin before Labor Day, on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The first day is traditionally a half day and Friday, August 26th, is marked as a half day because of race weekend traffic. Please click here to see 2016/2017 school calendar.

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Superintendent Pamela Campbell

From the Superintendent

Welcome to the Columbia School District! As a school family, we are proud to be a part of this community. Our excellent teachers and staff members strive for excellence as we diligently work with your student to increase his or her educational abilities. The Columbia School District, in partnership with the community, will provide a safe and positive learning environment, which will prepare all students to contribute and compete in a global society.

Our points of pride include strong academics which have produced high test scores, an award winning band program, high school pre-engineering courses which use project based learning to enhance each student’s skills, Advanced Placement courses that challenge our students and provide an opportunity for them to earn college credit, a preschool that provides a firm and enjoyable educational base for our youngest learners, and our excellent athletic programs which give our student athletes an opportunity to succeed. Columbia Central High School was awarded the Silver Medallion by U.S. News & World Reports and was honored as top school in Jackson County by Bridge Magazine.

We’re experiencing an outstanding year! In November community members passed a bond issue to give our students a safe, warm, dry and smart learning environment. We have partnered with Kingscott Architects and Granger Construction Management to remodel our buildings inside and increase safety for our students by redesigning our drop-off and pick-up areas. Phase 1 includes site work and new roofs. Phase 2 will focus on remodeling the classrooms, the addition of a secure entry vestibule at the elementary school, and remodeling of the entry at Columbia Central High School, Columbia Middle School and Columbia Options High School to create a secure entry area. Phase 2 also includes new heating systems at all buildings, updated technology infrastructure and hardware, remodeling of common areas and playground improvements.

We hope you will find time to visit our schools as you participate in your children’s activities. You may sign up for on our weekly E-Letter update by sending me your email address. If I may assist you in any way, please feel free to call me at the Administration Office at 517-592-6641 or email me at

About Us
The Columbia School District lies in a rural area that stretches into four southeast Michigan counties. Within the district one finds a multitude of inland lakes and plenty of recreational opportunities. The beautiful and placid atmosphere has attracted many new residents from urban areas. This influx from the cities has provided our school district with a richly diverse population and a rapidly growing business community.

In the late 1960's the current school district was formed through the consolidation of the Brooklyn, Cement City and Clarklake schools systems. Today the Columbia School District provides educational services for more than 1,700 students and is a Class B school system.

The Columbia School District believes that ALL students can learn and achieve mastery of essential skills. The district, to the extent it is financially able to provide physical and human resources required to meet these responsibilities, is dedicated to providing an environment that fosters self-esteem, self-motivation, and responsibility in our students. The district also believes that education is a cooperative effort between home, school and the community.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call the Pamela Campbell at (517) 592-6641.

The Columbia School District, in partnership with the community, will provide a safe and positive learning environment, which will prepare all students to contribute and compete in a global society.

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Special Notices

CCHS Scores

50th Anniversary Homecoming Survey (Alumni Only)
This survey should only be completed by alumni members. This is for the our 50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration. Begin Survey

Building and Property for Sale
Former Miller Elementary School located at 130 Vicary Road, Cement City, MI 49233. This property has opportunities as endless as your imagination and is located close to 127. Click here for information.

Bus Routes for the 2016-17 School Year
Current Bus Routes

Torch Bearer Publication for 2016
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Columbia School District Board of Education - Special School Board Meeting
The Special Board Meeting will be held in Columbia Central Jr. – Sr. High School, in the Library/Media Center, located at 11775 Hewitt Road, Brooklyn, MI, on Monday, October 17, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. The school board will be participating in a CBA 109 Class, which allows the board to develop skills, stay up-to-date on educational issues and earn professional development.

Columbia School District Board of Education - Regular School Board Meeting
The Regular Board Meeting will be held in Columbia Central Jr. – Sr. High School, in the Columbia Community Room, located at 11775 Hewitt Road, Brooklyn, MI, on Monday, October 10, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

Columbia School District Serves Breakfast
Columbia School District serves breakfast everyday in all school buildings. Breakfast service begins at 7:30 a.m. Prices for breakfast are: Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grades 30¢ for reduced and $1.20 for full price and 3rd -12th Grades 30¢ reduced and $1.30 full price. breakfast menu

Kindergarten - 2016-17 School Year
Our Kindergarten program is the best in the area! Columbia Elementary School offers all day kindergarten which is a dynamic energetic caring program that prepares your child for school success and lifelong learning. Please call CES at (517) 592-6632 to register your child for kindergarten.

(Your child must be 5 by September 1st to begin Kindergarten or the Young 5’s Program may be considered)

Preschool News - 2016-2017 School Year
3/4 Preschool and K-5 Latchkey
Registration begins Monday, March 28th

Please contact Vicki @ (517) 592-9753 for latchkey and preschool slots. Latchkey slots will be reserved first for students presently in the program. You must confirm your latchkey return!

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) 2016-2017
FREE! 4 yr old preschool program based of qualifications! 4 days per week/all day.
Please go to to sign-up or call the Great Start Readiness hotline at (517) 768-5130. Don’t miss this chance for FREE, high-quality preschool! Register today!! Tell your friends! Pass the word! Great Start Readiness Program Flyer

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Weekly District Newsletter

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Are your children safe while online?
Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan's families and schools and can be located at

As a strong supporter of this registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up for the registry and inform your friends and colleagues about how they can protect children and families from unwanted adult advertising. To sign up only takes seconds. Just go to and keep your family safe.

M-STEP Parent Report Video
To continue the Department’s commitment to support teachers, parents, and students throughout this transition to higher expectations for all students, a newly developed video is now available which summarizes M-STEP and walks viewers through how to read and interpret student scores within the M-STEP Parent Report. Watch Video

Points of Pride - View here

Odysseyware - Online Learning for Students
Odysseyware is a provider of online learning, which is being used throughout the Columbia School District. Odysseyware allows many students who need flexibility to facilitate their own learning at school as well as from home. Visit Odysseyware site.
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CSD Programs
Watch YouTube video about Columbia School District programs.
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OK2SAY is a program designed to empower Michigan students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, and law enforcement to share and respond to student safety threats. Learn more or submit a confidential tip.

Internet Essentials Program
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School Hours 2016-2017 Year

Columbia Elementary (PK-2)
7:55 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Columbia Upper Elementary (3-6)
7:55 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Columbia Central Jr. High (7-8)
7:45 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Columbia Central Sr. High (9-12)
7:45 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Columbia Options High School (CCE)
8:00 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

2016-2017 Calendar
District Wide Events
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