CPS Departments Directory

Athletics
The Columbia Public Schools Athletics department is proud to offer a strong athletics program, the purpose of which is to develop in young people an understanding of the positive impact an active lifestyle will have on their lives.
 
 Each of the three comprehensive high schools and six middle schools in Columbia Public Schools offers AVID.  AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-readiness system designed to assist students in meeting the challenges inherent in education and in attaining the dream of college.  AVID is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance for students.
 
Business Services
The Columbia Public Schools Business Services department is responsible for administration, direction, and coordination of all financial services of the school district involving financial planning, budgeting, treasury management, investments, purchasing, accounting, payroll, and employee benefits services.

Center of Responsive Education
Quest is a program offered by Columbia Public Schools for at-promise children with special needs. Quest is housed at the Center of Responsive Education (CORE).

Community Relations
The Columbia Public Schools Community Relations department serves to enhance the education of all Columbia students by developing and coordinating educational partnerships involving the entire Columbia Public Schools system and the Columbia community.
 
CPS Online
Columbia Public Schools offers students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to take one/more of their classes online. These online courses are designed for students who are self-motivated and can work independently. All instruction is delivered entirely online by Columbia Public Schools teachers certified in the content area. Courses follow the same semester calendar as face-to-face courses.
 
CPS-TV
Your school information source. Available on Mediacom 81, CenturyLink 97, Charter 985 and streaming live with videos on-demand on the CPS-TV Web site.
 
The CPS STEM Alliance is a collaborative network of educators, business partners and affiliates that inspires interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers to generate a robust force of related professionals for our community.
 
The Custodial Services department's mission is to create a safe, clean, and healthy indoor environment for all students, teachers, staff, and visitors. This department provides warehouse and custodial services to all buildings in the district.
 
Data Services
Data Services exists to provide access to information to assist our schools and community make data-based decisions. Providing Achievement, Enrichment, and Opportunity to all CPS students is the main priority of Data Services.
 
Early Childhood Special Education
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a program designed to address the developmental learning needs of children ages 3-5. Certificated staff work closely with families and community resources to enhance the social/emotional, physical, learning, and communication development of young children.
 
English Language Learners
The mission of the Columbia Public Schools English Language Learners (ELL) program is to provide effective and age-appropriate English language instruction (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), and to support English Language Learners to achieve in all content areas, grades K-12.
 
Facilities and Construction Services
The Columbia Public Schools Facilities and Construction Services department provides many services related to the school district's buildings, including building and grounds maintenance, construction management, and engineering and energy management. 

Fine Arts
The Fine Arts department oversees the art, music, and theatre departments for students in grades K-12 in the Columbia Public School District. It is comprised of almost one hundred specialists who are dedicated to providing a comprehensive fine arts education for the development of the whole child.

Gifted Education
Columbia Public Schools' gifted programs operate under the guidelines for gifted programs established by the state of Missouri.

Health Services
The Columbia Public Schools Health Services department is made up of highly qualified Registered Professional Nurses providing case management, screenings, assistance to families in accessing care, immunization monitoring, health education, and direct nursing care including skilled nursing procedures, first aid, and medication administration.

Human Resources
The Columbia Public Schools Human Resources department is responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring applicants for positions in the school district.

Language Arts
The Columbia Public Schools Language Arts department is dedicated to ensuring that its students are able to develop mastery of the English language and effectively apply critical literacy skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in all academic, professional and personal areas of their lives.

     
 
 
Mathematics
The Columbia Public Schools Mathematics department provides support for teachers, principals, other administrators and the community in providing the best possible mathematics education for all our students. 
 
Nutrition Services
Mission Statement: All students and staff of Columbia Public Schools will have access to fresh, flavorful, and nutritious meals daily while promoting local sustainability.

Parents As Teachers
Parents As Teachers is a home-school-community partnership that supports parents in their role as their child's first and most influential teachers.
 
Physical Education and Health
The Columbia Public Schools Physical Education department is proud to offer a strong curriculum for all students in kindergarten through twelfth grades.
 
Practical Arts
Practical arts courses in the Columbia Public Schools provide students with a strong curriculum in Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Technology Education. Opportunities to participate in these programs are offered to students in grades 6-12.

Professional Development
The purpose of professional development in Columbia Public Schools is building capacity for improved student performance. Columbia Public Schools has long recognized the complexity of teaching and learning and is committed to continuous improvement.
 
Research, Assessment, and Accountability
The Research, Assessment, and Accountability office administers an ongoing program of assessment and evaluation in support of the district's instructional services. The office coordinates all district-wide assessments (i.e., MAP, MAP End-of-Course Assessments, EXPLORE, and PLAN) and provides support to teachers, principals, and central office administrators in the interpretation and communication of test results.
 
School Counseling
School Counseling is an integral part of the Columbia Public Schools' education program. It is developmental by design and includes sequential activities, K-12, organized and implemented by certified school counselors with the support of teachers, administrators, students, and parents.
 
School Improvement
The School Improvement office provides professional development support, information and resources to help schools accomplish the goals identified in their school improvement plans.
 
Science

The Columbia Public Schools Science department encourages students to explore all areas of science, develop an understanding of the natural world, use appropriate scientific processes, become scientifically literate, and participate intelligently in public discourse about matters of scientific and technological concern.
 
Social Studies
The Columbia Public Schools Social Studies department prepares each student to be a responsible citizen in his or her community, nation, and world.
 
Special Programs
The Special Programs office of Columbia Public Schools works with students who receive their education outside the confines of the traditional public school setting.
 
Special Services
The Columbia Public Schools Special Services department provides staff, resources, and supports throughout the district depending on the needs of students in each building.
 
STEAM Bus
The STEAM bus lab is housed in a custom designed, full-size school bus capable of traveling to all CPS schools as well as after school programs. This lab provides students with easy access to incredible technology that may not be available in their home schools. 
 
 
Technology Services
The Columbia Public Schools Technology Services department works as partners with all areas of our school district as we strive to provide an excellent education for all students.
 
Title I
Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA), provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet state academic standards.
 
Title I Preschool
Columbia Public Schools offers a developmentally-appropriate education through which young children actively build their individual potential in a positive, nurturing, culturally diverse environment.
 
Transportation
The Columbia Public Schools Transportation department's mission is to ensure safe, efficient and reliable transportation service for the children of our school district.

World Languages
Members of the Columbia Public Schools Foreign Language department believe that communication is the essence of being human and that foreign language study provides students with the communication skills to understand and connect with other cultures and communities. 

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