About Us

VisionColumbia Middle School

To promote every student to high school with the skills and conceptual understandings necessary to be successful without remediation.


In partnership with our community, we accelerate learning for all students to develop the knowledge, skills and character necessary to shape successful futures.


All members of the Columbia community will practice:

  • To develop and maintain positive and supportive relationships among staff, students, and parents in order to achieve academic and social success.

Achievement Goal

Columbia's academic environment includes the:

  • systematic collection, analysis and use of data,
  • development of capacity using goal setting, collaboration and continuous learning,
  • use of questioning to promote critical and creative thinking, and
  • to improve academic achievement for everyone.

Environment Goal

Coumbia is a positive school environment where everyone:

  • recognizes and celebrates success,
  • engages in learning
  • solves questions to promote critical and creative thinking,
  • solves problems collaboratively and respectfully and
  • interacts in a courteous, welcoming and respectful manner

Professional Development Goal Setting

How will our goals and supporting actions contribute to a successful professional team and have a sustained impact on improving student acheievment in a postive school environment where the community entrusts us with their children knowing that we will meet their diverse social and academic needs?


Columbia Middle School opened its doors in November of 1982, becoming the 7th middle school in the Aurora Public Schools' District. The first 8th grade class designated the mascot as the “Cougar” which barely beat the second entry “Cobras”. The first 8th grade class also designated the official school colors as light blue and black.

Columbia Middle has excelled over the years in academics, and as a “sports” dynasty in such sports as basketball, wrestling, volleyball, track, and swimming. The school has earned over 100 city athletic championships since Cougar athletes began in
1982. Columbia has always held a strong belief in the whole student by providing multiple opportunities for students to get involved in the school.Columbia’s community has a history of terrific parental and community involvement. The school has led the school district in standardized test scores from the first day of classes. Columbia Middle School has been blessed with a fine community, student body, and having a fine educational facility. The next quarter century brings a rededication within the Columbia family of parents, students and staff to provide the strongest foundation for learning and developing the total student.

Links to Survey Data

Please see the following links for the results of surveys concerning Columbia Middle School:

Family and Community Involvement Survey

Licensed Staff Climate Survey

Student Climate Survey