Columbia School District

Mission/About Us

Welcome to the Columbia School District!

The Columbia School District includes H. W. Porter School which houses preschool through grade 8. Columbia high school age residents can attend one of three designated high schools in the region.


The Columbia School District is a community of learners providing rigorous programs to ensure that each student can excel as an individual.


Columbia School District is a highly regarded district which provides a safe environment where a commitment to innovation, creativity and academic excellence ensures that learning comes first. To that end:

  • Students master comprehensive skills and apply what they learn

  • Students are empowered to lead and demonstrate civic responsibility

  • Students prepare for a lifetime of learning and engage in positive personal development

  • Parents are active participants in their student’s education

  • The district seeks out and retains the most highly qualified administrators, teachers and staff

  • Students, staff and leadership recognize the value of their individual contributions and commit to excellence

  • The district values self-discipline, respect and integrity as essential to creating an effective learning environment

  • The district honors the community by developing partnerships which support the educational process and build life-long relationships

The Columbia School District will provide opportunities for all students to meet their potential by developing and implementing programs which will make our schools highly competitive and our graduates exceptional.

About Us

Columbia, Connecticut is a beautiful small town with a lake, bike trails, preserved open space and a commitment to providing a wonderful quality of life to its children and families. The residents of Columbia consistently demonstrate their commitment to the education of their children through ongoing support of the annual school budget.

The Horace W. Porter School provides exceptional educational programming and services to Columbia students from preschool through grade eight.

High school students from Columbia are offered the option of attending either E.O. Smith High School (Region 19) or Bolton High School. Contracts with the two high schools have recently been approved through June of 2030. Students may also apply to Windham Technical School. While these high schools provide differing size and settings, they all offer rigorous and broad educational programs. Columbia is one of only a few towns in the State to offer these high school options for our students.