A 20-Year History of CIS

The concept of Columbia Independent School (CIS) originated in 1996, when a group of thirty-two families, led by Mr. Justin Perry, came together to create a new educational opportunity in Columbia, Missouri. In the fall of 1998, CIS opened its doors in Hickman Hall on the Stephens College campus to 55 students in grades six through nine, with a faculty of 16 teachers. Then in 2002, CIS established its lower school program in the previous Sacred Heart Parish School building.

Columbia Independent School moved to its current building on North Stadium Boulevard in 2009, unifying the junior kindergarten through 12th grade students under one roof. The close-knit community and seamless learning environment is ideal for cross divisional activities, which promote intellectual and character growth.

Now home to more than 350 students and their families, CIS has become a vibrant learning community devoted to cultivating young minds and preparing students for life. During the 2018-19 school year, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of our school.