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99%
  • River Hill High
  • 12101 Clarksville Pike, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,310
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
98%
  • Howard High
  • 8700 Old Annapolis Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,758
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 16:1
97%
  • Atholton High
  • 6520 Freetown Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,460
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 16:1
88%
  • Hammond High
  • 8800 Guilford Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,226
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
88%
  • Oakland Mills High
  • 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,085
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
88%
  • Wilde Lake High
  • 5460 Trumpeter Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,234
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
87%
  • Long Reach High
  • 6101 Old Dobbin Ln, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,434
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
76%
  • Clarksville Elementary
  • 12041 Clarksville Pike, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 485
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
70%
  • Pointers Run Elementary
  • 6600 South Trotter Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 786
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
69%
  • Clemens Crossing Elementary
  • 10320 Quarterstaff Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 487
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
69%
  • Clarksville Middle School
  • 6535 S Trotter Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 635
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
57%
  • Atholton Elementary
  • 6700 Seneca Dr, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 392
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
54%
  • Thunder Hill Elementary
  • 9357 Mellenbrook Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 528
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 15:1
49%
  • Waterloo Elementary
  • 5940 Waterloo Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 624
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
42%
  • Jeffers Hill Elementary
  • 6001 Tamar Dr, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 464
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
38%
  • Longfellow Elementary
  • 5470 Hesperus Dr, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 453
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 12:1
34%
  • Phelps Luck Elementary
  • 5370 Oldstone Ct, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 581
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 11:1
34%
  • Talbott Springs Elementary
  • 9550 Basket Ring Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 466
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 11:1
32%
  • Harpers Choice Middle School
  • 5450 Beaverkill Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 521
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
32%
  • Running Brook Elementary
  • 5215 W Running Brook Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 529
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 11:1
32%
  • Wilde Lake Middle School
  • 10481 Cross Fox Ln, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 521
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
30%
  • Swansfield Elementary
  • 5610 Cedar Ln, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 588
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 14:1
30%
  • Homewood School
  • 10914 Clarksville Pike, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 6 - 12 · Students: 148
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 4:1
29%
  • Oakland Mills Middle School
  • 9540 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 423
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
29%
  • Guilford Elementary
  • 7335 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 496
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
28%
  • Cradlerock Elementary
  • 6700 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 482
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 13:1
27%
  • Bryant Woods Elementary
  • 5450 Blue Heron Ln, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 353
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 10:1
25%
  • Lake Elkhorn Middle School
  • 6680 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 500
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 11:1
25%
  • Stevens Forest Elementary
  • 6045 Stevens Forest Rd, Columbia
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Grades: PK - 5 · Students: 440
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 9:1
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Columbia school information

IndexColumbiaMarylandNational
Average Test Scores53%41%49%
Student/Teacher ratio13:116:116:1
Total public schools241,16379,221
Total private schools1967424,874
Total post-secondary schools21127,963
The Columbia, MD educational system consists of 24 public schools, 19 private schools and 2 post-secondary schools. Columbia public schools have average test scores of 53% which is 29% higher than than the Maryland average and 9% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Columbia public schools is 13:1, compared to 16:1 in Maryland and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 95.1% of students have completed 8th grade, 94.7% have completed high school, 63.6% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 10.7% have completed a doctorate degree.

Education level achieved in Columbia

IndexColumbiaMarylandNational
Completed 8th grade95.1%87.5%84.3%
Completed high school94.7%86.5%83.0%
Completed some college83.9%64.2%59.4%
Completed associate degree68.6%44.8%38.5%
Completed bachelors63.6%38.4%30.3%
Completed masters31.9%17.7%11.5%
Completed professional degree10.7%5.5%3.3%
Completed doctorate5.5%2.5%1.3%

Columbia, MD School Districts

Howard County Public Schools

There are a total of 24 public schools, 19 private schools and 2 post-secondary schools in Columbia. Using the proficiency score averages, the average test scores for Columbia, MD schools is 53%. The average student to teacher ratio is 13:1. In Columbia, MD, an average of 95.1% of students have completed 8th grade and an average of 94.7% have completed high school.

To customize your list of Columbia schools, you can start by sorting the list of schools by proficiency test score, school name or student to teacher ratio. Then you can select the grade levels that you would like to see, these include preschool, elementary, middle school and high school. Next, select the school type from the following options: charter, magnet, title I and title 1. Finally, you are able to filter your results by average proficiency score. Simply select the minimum proficiency score that you would like to see and only schools with that proficiency score or higher will appear on your list of Columbia, MD schools.

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Fulton, MD3,09776%54%
Eldersburg, MD31,89270%42%
Ashton-Sandy Spring, MD6,02469%40%
Bethesda, MD62,60868%39%
Chevy Chase town, MD2,94868%38%
Columbia, MD103,43953%9%

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Santa Maria, CA103,64221%58%
Spring Hill, FL102,92959%19%
El Cajon, CA102,89434%31%
Lakeland, FL102,71450%2%
Rialto, CA102,41824%51%
Columbia, MD103,43953%9%
Source: The Columbia, MD education data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and from the National Center for Education Statistics. The average school test scores are based on all schools that completed test scores within the state. Average test scores are conducted by each state independently and the type of tests may change from one state to another. Test scores were not available for all schools within the state, but were available for the vast majority.