Top 10 Best Columbia Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 38 public schools serving 18,488 students in Columbia, MO (there are 21 private schools, serving 9,825 private students). 65% of all K-12 students in Columbia, MO are educated in public schools (compared to the MO state average of 88%).
The top ranked public schools in Columbia, MO are Mill Creek Elementary School, Beulah Ralph Elementary School and John Warner Middle School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Columbia, MO public schools have an average math proficiency score of 30% (versus the Missouri public school average of 35%), and reading proficiency score of 43% (versus the 45% statewide average). Schools in Columbia have an average ranking of 4/10, which is in the bottom 50% of Missouri public schools.
Minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the Missouri public school average of 31% (majority Black).

Best Columbia, MO Public Schools (2024)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Mill Creek Elementary School
Math: 60% | Reading: 62%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
2200 Nifong Blvd
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3280
Grades: PK-5
| 593 students
Rank: #22.
Beulah Ralph Elementary School
Math: 50% | Reading: 60%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
5801 S. Highway Kk
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3400
Grades: K-5
| 696 students
Rank: #33.
John Warner Middle School
Math: 47% | Reading: 59%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
5550 Sinclair Rd
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3400
Grades: 6-8
| 566 students
Rank: #44.
Midway Heights Elementary School
Math: 50-54% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
8130 W Hwy 40
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 214-3540
Grades: PK-5
| 249 students
Rank: #55.
Rock Bridge Sr. High School
Math: 39% | Reading: 68%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
4303 S Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3100
Grades: 9-12
| 1,980 students
Rank: #66.
Jefferson Middle School
Math: 45% | Reading: 54%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
713 Rogers St
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 214-3210
Grades: 6-8
| 571 students
Rank: #77.
Delmar A Cobble School
Special Education School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
108 W Craig St
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 442-6482
Grades: K-12
| 18 students
Rank: #88.
John Ridgeway Elementary School
Math: 35-39% | Reading: 55-59%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
107 E Sexton
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3550
Grades: K-5
| 226 students
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Fairview Elementary School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
909 Fairview Rd
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3590
Grades: PK-5
| 452 students
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Rock Bridge Elementary School
Math: 42% | Reading: 52%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
5151 S Hwy 163
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3290
Grades: PK-5
| 475 students
Rank: #1111.
Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School
Math: 43% | Reading: 48%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
201 Park Deville
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3570
Grades: PK-5
| 648 students
Rank: #1212.
Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle School
Math: 40% | Reading: 47%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
4200 Bethel St
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3240
Grades: 6-8
| 701 students
Rank: #1313.
Smithton Middle School
Math: 37% | Reading: 47%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
3600 W Worley
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3260
Grades: 6-8
| 520 students
Rank: #1414.
David H. Hickman High School
Math: 27% | Reading: 55%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1104 N Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3000
Grades: 9-12
| 1,985 students
Rank: #15 - 1615. - 16.
Russell Blvd. Elementary School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1800 W Rollins Rd
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3650
Grades: PK-5
| 437 students
Rank: #15 - 1615. - 16.
Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
10 E Broadway
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3520
Grades: PK-5
| 293 students
Rank: #1717.
Locust St Expressive Arts Elementary School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1208 Locust
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 214-3530
Grades: PK-5
| 252 students
Rank: #1818.
Two Mile Prairie Elementary School
Math: 35-39% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
5450 N Hwy Z
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 214-3560
Grades: K-5
| 142 students
Rank: #1919.
Frederick Douglass High School
Alternative School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
310 N. Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3680
Grades: PK-12
| 164 students
Rank: #2020.
Cedar Ridge Elementary School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 40-44%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
2345 Howell Mountain Drive
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 214-3880
Grades: K-5
| 382 students
Rank: #2121.
Muriel W. Battle High School
Math: 7% | Reading: 47%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
7575 St. Charles Road
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 214-3300
Grades: 9-12
| 1,592 students
Rank: #2222.
Shepard Blvd. Elementary School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
2616 Shepard Blvd
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 214-3660
Grades: PK-5
| 487 students
Rank: #2323.
West Middle School
Math: 22% | Reading: 36%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
401 Clinkscales Rd
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3230
Grades: 6-8
| 528 students
Rank: #2424.
West Blvd. Elementary School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 30-34%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
319 West Blvd North
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3670
Grades: PK-5
| 315 students
Rank: #2525.
Eliot Battle Elementary School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 25-29%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
2600 Battle Avenue
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 214-3790
Grades: K-5
| 400 students
Rank: #2626.
Oakland Middle School
Math: 17% | Reading: 25%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
3405 Oakland Pl
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 214-3220
Grades: 6-8
| 583 students
Rank: #27 - 2927. - 29.
New Haven Elementary School
Math: 10-14% | Reading: 25-29%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
3301 New Haven Rd
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 214-3640
Grades: PK-5
| 254 students
Rank: #27 - 2927. - 29.
Parkade Elementary School
Math: 10-14% | Reading: 25-29%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
111 Parkade Blvd
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 214-3630
Grades: PK-5
| 374 students
Rank: #27 - 2927. - 29.
Thomas Benton Elementary School
Math: 10-14% | Reading: 25-29%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1410 Hinkson Ave
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 214-3610
Grades: PK-5
| 221 students
Rank: #3030.
Derby Ridge Elementary School
Math: 13% | Reading: 24%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
4000 Derby Ridge Rd
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 214-3270
Grades: PK-5
| 392 students
Rank: #3131.
John B. Lange Middle School
Math: 13% | Reading: 22%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
2201 E Smiley Ln
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 214-3250
Grades: 6-8
| 600 students
Rank: #3232.
Alpha Hart Lewis
Math: 10-14% | Reading: 20-24%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
5801 Arbor Pointe Pkwy
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 214-3200
Grades: PK-5
| 538 students
Rank: #3333.
Blue Ridge Elementary School
Math: 9% | Reading: 17%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3700 Woodland Dr
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 214-3580
Grades: PK-5
| 435 students
Rank: n/an/a
2201 E. Smiley Lane
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 214-3400
Grades: PK
| 350 students
Rank: n/an/a
1010 Rangeline St
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 214-3750
Grades: 1-5
| 50 students
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Columbia, Missouri Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
Alpha School (Closed 2011)
Alternative School
1250 Brown School Rd
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 449-2953
Grades: 5-12
| n/a students
Delmar A Cobble (Closed 2021)
Special Education School
108 West Craig
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 442-6482
Grades: Inquire with school
| 33 students
1010 Rangeline St
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 214-3620
Grades: PK-5
| n/a students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Columbia, MO?
The top ranked public schools in Columbia, MO include Mill Creek Elementary School, Beulah Ralph Elementary School and John Warner Middle School.
How many public schools are located in Columbia, MO?
38 public schools are located in Columbia, MO.
What percentage of students in Columbia, MO go to public school?
65% of all K-12 students in Columbia, MO are educated in public schools (compared to the MO state average of 88%).
What is the racial composition of students in Columbia, MO?
Columbia, MO public schools minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the Missouri public schools average of 31% (majority Black).

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