About The School  

General Information

Columbia Elementary School

667 Balch Road

Madison, AL 35758

(256) 430-2751 Phone

(256) 430-2794 FAX


Jamie Hill, Principal 

Laura Minor, Assistant Principal


Columbia Elementary School is one of seven elementary schools in Madison. In honoring our community’s ties to the space industry the school was named in memory of the Columbia crew STS107, who lost their lives February 1, 2003. Since opening in 2004 our enrollment has rapidly increased to approximately 840 students in grades K-6. Columbia takes great pride in creating a welcoming environment. Collaboration with all stakeholders has allowed expanded learning opportunities for all students.


 CES Mission Statement

To empower students to reach their potential by creating a learning community that focuses on each student's unique talents and needs.


Motto: (ASTROS) Always Striving to Reach Our Stars


School Colors: Red and black


Student Hours: 7:40 A.M. - 2:40 P.M.


Office Hours: 7:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI)

Columbia serves as a demonstration site for AMSTI. This initiative focuses on inquiry-based learning for math and science. Our teachers receive extensive professional development, a variety of content-specific resources and on-site support from AMSTI specialists. This model program is drawing national attention. Columbia has hosted visitors from across the southeast.


Technology Tools

Columbia was the first school in Madison to have all classrooms converted to “New Education crosses Technology” (NExT) classrooms. Each of our 48 classrooms has a professionally installed interactive white board, LCD projector, Lightspeed sound field system and document cameras. Students and teachers also have access to laptop labs, digital cameras, digital video cameras, student response systems, portable GPS units and two portable distance learning labs. We have 7 iPad carts for teachers to check-out. All of this equipment was purchased in partnership with the school, the district and our outstanding PTA.


Character Building Initiatives 

Columbia offers Buddy Reading programs for grade levels to meet together. We have a school store, participate in the Red Ribbon Week, SCAN, Book Fairs and yearly Food Drives. We have Science Fairs, Math Team, Lego Robotics, Chess Club, and Birthday Book Club. Our students can also participate in Chorus and Drama. They perform for the student body each semester.  Our students are offered morning tutoring in the computer lab. Twice a week, we offer tutoring in a small group setting and in the computer lab.  We are a Leader in Me school of designation as well!!


Parent Involvement 

 Parent involvement is key to a successful student learning environment. We encourage parents to visit often and communicate with their child's teacher to ensure knowledge of progress. Parents are also invited to eat lunch with students, participate in PTA meetings and Breakfast with the Principal, and attend Family Reading Night. Parents may also volunteer for their child's classroom teacher, the library, Free Day Friday, Field Day and other Astro activities. Columbia offers tours of our school for new students by appointment.


We are looking forward to you becoming an ASTRO!

Always Striving to Reach Our STARS!