Columbus serves 510 students in kindergarten through fifth grade (including students in the Structured Learning Program).Twenty-two percent (or 112) of our students are English Language Learners, and 67% qualify under the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. We have an average class size of 23 students in grades one through five, and the class size average for kindergarten is 19.

At Columbus we offer a dual language (Spanish/English) program at all grade levels. We are in our eleventh year of its implementation and very proud of the success of the program. Columbus also offers an after school academic support program called Success Now and partners with McMinnville Parks and Recreation to offer the Kids on the Block program. We partner with Linfield College in the America Reads program, which brings student volunteers into the school to read with students. We also have volunteers reading with students through the SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) program.

The Columbus School mission statement is, “We are empowering our children to be responsible, respectful, life-long learners.” We are dedicated to providing all students with the educational foundation necessary to succeed in school and in life. We make it a practice to focus on the individual learner and to maintain an atmosphere that meets the needs of all students, promotes success for all and fosters openness for change.  Our teachers, specialists and educational assistants take this mission seriously and work together toward meeting student needs.