Top 10 Best Columbia County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 34 public schools serving 9,371 students in Columbia County, WI (there are 12 private schools, serving 797 private students). 92% of all K-12 students in Columbia County, WI are educated in public schools (compared to the WI state average of 86%).
The top ranked public schools in Columbia County, WI are Discovery Charter School, Lewiston Elementary School and Poynette Middle School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Columbia County, WI public schools have an average math proficiency score of 40% (versus the Wisconsin public school average of 39%), and reading proficiency score of 37% (versus the 38% statewide average). Schools in Columbia County have an average ranking of 6/10, which is in the top 50% of Wisconsin public schools.
Minority enrollment is 15% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Wisconsin public school average of 32% (majority Hispanic and Black).

Best Public Schools in Columbia County (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Discovery Charter School
Charter School
(Math: 60-79% | Reading: 40-59%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
200 Fuller St
Columbus, WI 53925
(920) 623-5950
Grades: K-3
| 70 students
Rank: #22.
Lewiston Elementary School
(Math: 50-59% | Reading: 50-59%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
W11195 State Road 127
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-2524
Grades: K-5
| 88 students
Rank: #33.
Poynette Middle School
(Math: 58% | Reading: 50%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
108 N Cleveland St
Poynette, WI 53955
(608) 635-4347
Grades: 5-8
| 288 students
Rank: #44.
Portage Of Achievement
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
117 W Franklin St
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 745-0887
Grades: 9-12
| 24 students
Rank: #55.
Poynette Elementary School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
225 W North St
Poynette, WI 53955
(608) 635-4347
Grades: PK-4
| 420 students
Rank: #66.
Spring Hill Elementary School
(Math: 54% | Reading: 42%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
300 Vine St
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 253-2468
Grades: PK-5
| 579 students
Rank: #77.
Fall River Elementary School
(Math: 50-54% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
150 Bradley St
Fall River, WI 53932
(920) 484-3333
Grades: PK-5
| 212 students
Rank: #88.
Pardeeville High School
(Math: 30-39% | Reading: 60-69%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
120 Oak St
Pardeeville, WI 53954
(608) 429-2153
Grades: 9-12
| 257 students
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Fall River High School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
150 Bradley St
Fall River, WI 53932
(920) 484-3333
Grades: 6-12
| 277 students
Rank: #9 - 109. - 10.
Lodi High School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1100 Sauk St
Lodi, WI 53555
(608) 592-3853
Grades: 9-12
| 458 students
Rank: #1111.
Rio Elementary School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
355 Lowville Rd
Rio, WI 53960
(920) 992-3143
Grades: PK-5
| 169 students
Rank: #1212.
Lodi Elementary School
(Math: 48% | Reading: 32%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
101 School St
Lodi, WI 53555
(608) 592-3842
Grades: 3-5
| 239 students
Rank: #1313.
Lodi Middle School
(Math: 40% | Reading: 39%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
900 Sauk St
Lodi, WI 53555
(608) 592-3854
Grades: 6-8
| 331 students
Rank: #1414.
Cambria Friesland Elementary School
(Math: 40-49% | Reading: 30-39%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
410 E Edgewater St
Cambria, WI 53923
(920) 348-5656
Grades: PK-5
| 148 students
Rank: #1515.
Poynette High School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
108 N Cleveland St
Poynette, WI 53955
(608) 635-4347
Grades: 9-12
| 307 students
Rank: #1616.
Muir Elementary School
(Math: 43% | Reading: 35%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2600 Woodcrest Dr
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-5531
Grades: 2-5
| 296 students
Rank: #1717.
Columbus High School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1164 Farnham St
Columbus, WI 53925
(920) 623-5950
Grades: 9-12
| 419 students
Rank: #1818.
Columbus Intermediate
(Math: 40% | Reading: 33%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
400 S Dickason Blvd
Columbus, WI 53925
(920) 623-5950
Grades: 3-5
| 210 students
Rank: #1919.
Wisconsin Dells Middle School
(Math: 39% | Reading: 34%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
520 Race St
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 253-2467
Grades: 6-8
| 415 students
Rank: #2020.
Rusch Elementary School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
117 W Franklin St
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-7376
Grades: K-5
| 198 students
Rank: #2121.
Pardeeville Elementary School
(Math: 40-44% | Reading: 25-29%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
503 E Chestnut St
Pardeeville, WI 53954
(608) 429-2151
Grades: PK-4
| 324 students
Rank: #2222.
Portage High School
(Math: 20-24% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
301 E Collins St
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-8545
Grades: 6-12
| 721 students
Rank: #2323.
Wisconsin Dells High School
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1501 Brew Farm Rd
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 253-1461
Grades: 9-12
| 604 students
Rank: #2424.
Pardeeville Middle School
(Math: 34% | Reading: 32%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
120 Oak St
Pardeeville, WI 53954
(608) 429-2153
Grades: 5-8
| 256 students
Rank: #2525.
Wayne Bartels Middle School
(Math: 35% | Reading: 30%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
2505 New Pinery Rd
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-2165
Grades: 6-8
| 402 students
Rank: #2626.
Columbus Middle School
(Math: 28% | Reading: 33%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
400 S Dickason Blvd
Columbus, WI 53925
(920) 623-5950
Grades: 6-8
| 249 students
Rank: #2727.
Ouisconsing School Of Collaboration
Charter School
(Math: 25-29% | Reading: 30-34%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
101 School St
Lodi, WI 53555
(608) 592-3842
Grades: 3-5
| 79 students
Rank: #2828.
Rio Middle/high
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 25-29%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
411 Church St
Rio, WI 53960
(920) 992-3141
Grades: 6-12
| 198 students
Rank: #2929.
Columbus Elementary School
(Math: 35-39% | Reading: 30-34% )
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
200 Fuller St
Columbus, WI 53925
(920) 623-5950
Grades: PK-2
| 259 students
Rank: #3030.
Cambria Friesland Middle/high
(Math: 20-24% | Reading: 15-19%)
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
410 E Edgewater St
Cambria, WI 53923
(920) 348-5135
Grades: 6-12
| 180 students
Rank: n/an/a
Columbia Correctional Institution
Alternative School
2925 Columbia Dr
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-9100
Grades: 11-12
| 6 students
Rank: n/an/a
Lodi Primary
1307 Sauk St
Lodi, WI 53555
(608) 592-3855
Grades: PK-2
| 393 students
Rank: n/an/a
2600 Woodcrest Dr
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-3715
Grades: PK-6
| 131 students
Rank: n/an/a
333 E Slifer St
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-3494
Grades: K-1
| 164 students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Columbia County, WI

Columbia County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
307 Bullen Rd
Poynette, WI 53955
(608) 635-4347
Grades: PK-K
| n/a students
110 S Elm St
Pardeeville, WI 53954
(608) 429-9939
Grades: PK
| 8 students
N5194 State Rd 78
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-2601
Grades: 1-6
| 44 students
W8460 Bilkie Rd
Poynette, WI 53955
(608) 635-4347
Grades: K-2
| n/a students
W8349 Dumke Rd
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-6016
Grades: K-6
| 64 students
1100 Sauk St
Lodi, WI 53555
(608) 592-3853
Grades: 9-10
| 5 students
520 Race St
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 253-1461
Grades: 9-12
| 20 students
103 Pleasant St
Lodi, WI 53555
(608) 592-3855
Grades: PK
| 85 students
W6180 School Rd
Pardeeville, WI 53954
(608) 429-3412
Grades: 5
| 67 students
120 Oak St
Pardeeville, WI 53954
(608) 429-2153
Grades: 9-12
| 290 students
301 E Collins St
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-4879
Grades: 6-12
| 30 students
191 East Slifer St
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-3764
Grades: 7-8
| 13 students
222 W Pearl St
Lodi, WI 53555
(608) 583-2091
Grades: PK-5
| 70 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Columbia County, WI?
The top ranked public schools in Columbia County, WI include Discovery Charter School, Lewiston Elementary School and Poynette Middle School.
How many public schools are located in Columbia County, WI?
34 public schools are located in Columbia County, WI.
What percentage of students in Columbia County, WI go to public school?
92% of all K-12 students in Columbia County, WI are educated in public schools (compared to the WI state average of 86%).
What is the racial composition of students in Columbia County, WI?
Columbia County, WI public schools minority enrollment is 15% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Wisconsin public schools average of 32% (majority Hispanic and Black).

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