Greater Columbus boasts a diverse mix of educational opportunities, which attracts families seeking a top-tier education for their children. From pre-kindergarten to higher education, parents’ expectations are consistently exceeded, as their children demonstrate ongoing success and a sincere desire to learn from their experienced teachers and faculty.
Elementary and Secondary
The Muscogee County School District is recognized as one the best school districts in the Central Georgia Region. Muscogee County Schools and its stakeholders are dedicated to providing students with all the tools necessary to develop and perform at higher levels. The district includes 32 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, 9 high schools and 4 centers and programs, including the new Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts. Muscogee County School District serves more than 32,000 students and employs approximately 6,300 employees. With over 92% of all school-age children in Muscogee County attending public schools, the district stands as the preferred local opportunity for education. In fact, Columbus High School was tied for the title of best high School in Georgia by US News & World Report.
Located just south of Muscogee County, the Chattahoochee County School District is comprised of two campuses and a disciplinary alternative education program serving approximately 900 students. The district was a recipient of $3.1 million grant awarded through the Technical College System of Georgia to create the Chattahoochee Valley Academy, a charter program within Chattahoochee County High School that focuses on workforce and economic development. The academy is a partnership between the Chattahoochee County School System, Columbus Technical College and Columbus State University, and several regional employers.
The Harris County School District offers students excellent educational resources through its 4 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 high school, and a performance learning center. The district regularly ranks among the top performing districts for their Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars program.
The Marion County School District continues to be recognized for excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. The Board of Education and the District's administrators work closely with staff, parents, and community members to deliver the educational excellence students deserve and the community expects. The recognitions and achievements are the result of board and administrator leadership, teacher and staff dedication, community support, and parent involvement.
The Talbot County School District is unique because it has only one school (Pre-K through 12) located in Talbotton. This environment allows for smaller classes and focused resources. Various regional partnerships have had an outstanding impact within our district as indicated in the increased growth in student achievement.
Serving approximately 6,700 students of all ages, the Phenix City (Alabama) School District includes a pre-kindergarten Head Start Center, six elementary schools, one middle school, one junior high school, one freshman academy and one high school. Community partnerships are an important part of the success of Phenix City Schools. The Friends of Phenix City Schools raised funds to support STEM initiatives at the Phenix City Intermediate School, one of the county’s 50 NASA Explorer Schools. The school also houses the I3 Initiative (Inquiry, Innovation, and Impact) a state of the art STEM center that provides students with the tools necessary to compete for 21st century careers.
Russell County (Alabama) School District support one primary school, three elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school. Each of these schools is committed to providing a solid educational foundation, as well as positive learning experiences that enhance, broaden, and advance the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical abilities of each individual to become a contributing and productive member of society.
On a regional level, Partners-in-Education (PIE) is one of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s flagship initiatives. PIE matches businesses, civic organizations, faith-based organizations and military units with elementary, middle and high schools to help students build self-esteem, heighten career awareness and find motivation to succeed. Currently, more than 230 partnerships exist among approximately 80 schools. In the 2015-2016 schoolyear alone, more than 75,500 volunteer hours were donated in addition to $281,000 in financial and in-kind contributions. These contributions voluntarily given through the generosity of partners (such benevolence is not a requirement as PIE is based on human capital).
In addition to the excellent public schools, the students of Columbus and Phenix City may also choose from a selection of private education options. From pre-school to high school, there are multiple private schools with educational environments tailored to particular religious or secular traditions.