Columbus High School Ranks #1 in Georgia for Best High Schools

(Columbus, GA)-The 2017 U.S. News & World Report ranks Columbus High #1 of all high schools in Georgia (Gold Medal), #83 in the nation for Best High Schools and #21 in the nation for Magnet High Schools. Early College Academy of Columbus also made the list of Best High Schools and ranks #77 in Georgia (Bronze Medal).

Since 2011, under Dr. Marvin Crumbs’ leadership, the focus has been to continuously seek and advance engaging and challenging opportunities to increase achievement and participation for all students who choose to apply, meet and exceed entrance requirements for acceptance into the Liberal Arts program.Columbus High School is one of approximately 1,000 schools worldwide and the only high school in Muscogee County and outside the Atlanta Metro area to implement the Advanced Placement Capstone (AP Capstone™), an innovative diploma program, which allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration, and communication. The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP® Seminar and AP Research. The Columbus High School Liberal Arts College Preparatory Program is designed to develop a well-rounded student by offering a wide range of advanced college preparatory courses in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, Computers, and Fine Arts. Students are expected to take courses in all areas through a core curriculum that is compacted, accelerated and one that exceeds state standards.

“We continuously invest great efforts in building a comprehensive Advanced Placement® (AP) Program that encompasses the needs of all students to learn at a higher level,” said Dr. Marvin Crumbs, Principal of Columbus High School.

In addition, the curriculum has the flexibility to meet individual academic goals and interests. Individual interests are met through diverse elective offerings, gifted classes, 32 AP courses, and the opportunity for students to develop an academic concentration in an area of their interest ranging from mathematics and science to English or the fine arts.

“We extend our AP Program by adding additional AP Courses that students are seeking and providing field experiences that enriches the learning experience for the student,” added Crumbs. “
Students learn to make decisions and to budget time by balancing homework, athletics, extracurricular activities, and community service. 80% of the student body is involved in extracurricular activities.”

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“We are also fortunate to have parental and community support from our active and generous Columbus High School Alumni Association,” said Crumbs.“Our active and generous Alumni Association has aided us by volunteering to pay for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) for all freshmen and juniors as well as the Advanced Placement (AP) exams for those students who are unable to afford it.”

“We congratulate the Columbus High and Early College Academy school communities on their continued academic performance and ongoing recognition by this prestigious publication,” said Dr. David Lewis, Superintendent of Education. “The fact that Columbus High School achieved the number one ranking in the state is something for which they and our community can be justifiably proud.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings include data for more than 22,000 public high schools in the U.S. and the District of Columbia. For more information, contact or access U.S. News & World Report listing of Best High Schools.


Notice of Property Tax Increase

The Muscogee County Board of Education has tentatively adopted a millage rate that will require an increase in property taxes by 1.00 percent. All concerned citizens are invited to the third public hearing, as required, on this tax increase. This hearing is to be held in the Board Room on the 1st floor of the Board of Education, 2960 Macon Road on the following date and time: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 23.37 mills, an increase of 0.052 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 23.318 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $1.90 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $175,000 is approximately $3.64. The millage rate for 2017 will be set at a meeting held in the Board Room on the 1st floor of the Muscogee County Public Education Center, 2960 Macon Road, on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

April 29 - May 24
8:00 AM - Solo and Ensemble Festival Audience: Orchestra students in 6-12th grade and parents
7:00 PM - PAGE One Ceremony Audience: Everyone is welcome to attend.
May 8
5:00 PM - Board Meeting Work Session
May 15
6:00 PM - Board Meeting
May 17
5:00 PM - St. Elmo 5th Grade Graduation Audience: 5th grade gifted students, parents, and home schools
May 18
8:30 AM - Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training Audience: This course is open to all Muscogee County staff and family members. Participants must be at least 18 years old. PBIS Team Members are encouraged to attend.
May 24
8:00 AM - Spencer High School Graduation Rehearsal
May 24
10:00 AM - Northside High School Graduation Rehearsal
May 24
12:00 PM - Catapult Academy Graduation Rehearsal
May 24
2:00 PM - Early College Academy Graduation Rehearsal