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Columbia’s Total Care Learning® approach ensures that all students!, from junior middle school to university preparatory, receive a high quality education that balances rigorous academics with learning opportunities outside the classroom. Highly qualified faculty members use innovative and interactive teaching methods to encourage students to develop their critical thinking, research and inquiry, teamwork, presentation and creative thinking skills—all required for today’s post-secondary programs and professional disciplines. Diverse courses in music, art, drama, science and media appeal to a wide range of interests and create well-rounded students who are prepared to tackle tomorrow’s challenges. Learning continues after school hours and on weekends, with field trips, workshops, clubs, student leadership retreats, volunteer opportunities and sports. This powerful combination of in-class and extracurricular education means students emerge from their time at Columbia ready to go higher than they ever thought possible.Learn more about our academic programs
Junior Middle School
Columbia’s comprehensive program for students in Grades 7 and 8 responds to the unique needs of this age group, focusing on academics, making positive choices, and strong communication skills. Core curriculum is covered in 12 subjects, ranging from math and science to a course on media literacy that is unique to Columbia. Students can also access substantial support to improve their English reading, speaking, listening and writing skills, if required.
Columbia’s Grade 9 to 12 students have access to state-of-the-art educational facilities and instructors who bring learning to life. High academic standards are matched by expectations that students will develop strong leadership skills. Cooperative education options prepare students for a rewarding career. Extra support is always available from teachers, tutors and mentors, including help with preparation for SATs and standardized English language tests.
Grade 12 students are prepared for their brightest future at Columbia. We offer flexible intakes and an exciting lineup of credit courses that open doors at universities in Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Our university placement office helps students find the best schools and programs for their needs, while our partnerships with a dozen post-secondary institutions offer our students guaranteed admission and access to special scholarships.
Helping students go higher
Student success is our top priority. Every student at Columbia has a personal success plan—a map for maximizing their potential that is used to guide their educational journey—and access to convenient in-person and online academic support during school hours and beyond. We consider the unique needs of each student and track their progress, making changes as needed to give them the best possible experience inside and outside the classroom.
English made easier
We offer a comprehensive ESL program to help students with a range of English abilities improve their language skills. The program, which features certified instructors, varies from one semester to a full year and can be combined with academic studies at Columbia. When it’s time to get proof of progress, Columbia helps students get the best results on their IELTS, TOEFL, MELAB and CAEL tests—and we’re an official test centre for all of them.
IELTS at Columbia
Columbia is an official testing centre for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the world’s most widely recognized English test. We offer regular test dates for our students, conveniently based at Columbia’s campus, as well as help with applying for the test. We’re also available to answer any questions students have about the test, rules and regulations, and how to obtain and share their results.
Columbia’s academic programs offer students convenience and flexibility while ensuring they graduate with the required diploma and credits to attend the best universities and colleges, including 18 required credits, 12 optional credits, 40 hours of community service and a mandatory provincial literacy test.