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    CURRICULUM: This page gives an overview of Columbia’s guidance curriculum and college readiness curriculum and related programs.


    Guidance Curriculum: Columbia’s students receive prevention education to address life choices in academic, career and personal/social development. We currently offer the following developmentally appropriate, researched-based curriculum: Navigation 101, Life Skills Training and Second Step.


    Navigation 101: Navigation 101 is part of a comprehensive school guidance and counseling program in Washington state that helps students make clear,careful, and creative choices for college and career readiness in the areas of course selection, goal setting, career planning, and post secondary options,including financial aid. Students will graduate with a specific plan for life after high school that involves college, work, military, technical school, industrial certification, or another option. Students create a portfolio which includes plans for post-high school experiences, academic progress and evidence of exemplary work, and present their portfolio to their parents and advisor at an annual Student-Led Conference.

    LifeSkills Training: This program is taught at the 3-5grade levels. It reduces many high-risk behaviors by developing skills in thefollowing three domains.

    ·        PersonalSelf Management Skills

    ·        General Social Skills

    ·        Social Resistance Skills


    Second Step: This elementary bully prevention curriculum teaches the building of pro-social skills like empathy, impulse control, problemsolving, and anger management. This program is taught at the k-3 grade levels. Below: 3rd grade class posters,                           "What I Learned in Second Step."

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    College Readiness Curriculum: Are you the parent of a middle or high school student who would like your student to attend college in the future? Here are some programs/activities at Columbia that help our middle and high school students get ready for college.

    Advance Placement (AP) Classes: Are you ready for a unique learning experience that will help you succeed in college? Through AP's college-level courses and exams, students can earn college credit and advanced placement and stand out in the admission process. This year Columbia School is offering AP classes in English and Biology. Interested students can talk with Mrs. Wyborney or Mrs. Berg.  We are also offering an online AP class for Environmental Science. To learn more go t http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html

    AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) The AVID program targets students in the middle who need an extra nudge to be successful. AVID students are encouraged to pursue college and are provided with the supports to help them achieve their goals. The AVID students are encouraged to take rigorous coursework and are trained in the skills of higher order thinking, writing, collaboration and problem-solving. At Columbia we currently offer AVID at the 9th- 12th grade levels. Mrs.Deb Berg teaches the 9th and 10th graders and Mrs. Cindy Wyborney teaches the 11th and 12th graders. To learn more about AVID go to http://www.avid.org/

    College Bound: Think you can’t afford college? Think again. 7thand 8th graders may be eligible for a four-year College BoundScholarship. Apply for the scholarship if you meet one of these requirements:

    ·        Are eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch

    ·        Are a foster youth (regardless of income)

    ·        Receive TANF benefits

    ·        Meet family income requirements (see college bound brochure in Mr. Dale’s office)

    For more information: www.hecb.wa.gov/collegebound

    RunningStart: Provides 11th and 12thgrade students the option of attending Spokane Community College and simultaneously earning high school and college credit. Students may take online classes offered through the Colville campus. Parents and students are encouraged to educate themselves about the transferability of credits to another college, especially for all private and out-of-state universities and 4-year colleges. The receiving school has the right to determine which credits they will accept.

    Online classes are very popular and have limited availability so it is important that eligible students register early. 

    Running start classes are also being offered through Eastern Washington University.  Classes are conducted at Columbia with joint cooperation between Columbia and EWU staff.

    Eligibility requirements:

           Be a Junior or Senior.

           Place at college level in Reading and English on the college’s Compass test. College level math placement is not required for admission to the program; however,students who plan to enroll in math and most sciences courses through Running Start must place at college level math.

    For more information please contact Mr. Lee Dale at Columbia school or go to:



    WSU UpwardBound: offers participating high school students academic & non-academic support to ente rpost-secondary education. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; and first-generation college bound youth.To learn more about Columbia’s program, please contact Jenna McCoy at 722-4978 or jennamc@wsu.edu