We enrolled our children at CIS because we wanted a school that had small class sizes. We wanted educators that could think outside the box and allow for individualized educational experiences for our children. We were seeking a school that would have a rich diversity in the student population.

Lower School Parent


Columbia Independent School is a place where students and families choose to be. Small class sizes, a focus on individualized learning, global perspectives curriculum, and dedicated, high-quality teachers are all part of life at CIS. CIS offers an outstanding college-preparatory education to students in junior kindergarten (four years old by September 1) through 12th grade. It is a robust and engaging experience, full of challenges that are appropriate for children who will be tomorrow’s leaders, in a setting that allows every student to feel respected and valued.

I welcome you to come visit our school so you can see first-hand and experience what we are all about. To schedule a tour and one-on-one visit, please contact me by phone at (573) 777-9257 or email And check out our video below to see a look inside CIS.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Kari Dowell 
Director of Admissions & Marketing