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The principal and teachers hold PDE certification including continuing professional development for Act 48 standards.  Music, Art, Physical Education, Computer Technology, and Library Science are taught in K-8.  Computers are integrated in each classroom.  The curriculum follows the Diocese of Harrisburg Curriculum for Elementary Schools and meets the requirements for PDE state standards.  St. Columba Middle School, which begins in Grade 5 through Grade 8, is departmentalized for math, religion, science, and social studies. (Scroll down for details about our Specials program).

Grades:

  • Preschool, Pre K, and Kindergarten through Grade 8. 
  • Preschool meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00-11:30.
  • Pre K meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00-11:30.
  • Pre K five mornings per week option.
  • Full day option is also available for both Pre K and Preschool from 8:00-2:20.

Kindergarten is a full day program. First through fourth grade are self contained classrooms. Middle School (Grades 5 through 8) is departmentalized. Specialized teachers provide weekly instruction in Art, Computer Technology, Library Science, Music, and Physical Education.

Visual Arts

Our inclusive art program, for students PreK through Grade 8, follows a differentiated curriculum that celebrates creativity and tradition.Saint Columba's art classes are involved with several community activities including the Bloomsburg Fair, TreeFest, and Main Street window painting. The excellence of our art program is on display throughout the school including murals and gallaries. 

Computer Technology

Students from kindergarten through grade 8 have weekly technology classes. The computer lab hosts 22 computers using Windows 10, and Microsoft Office 2013, a Smart board, with full Internet and wireless services. The school has internet and wireless throughout. Each classroom from Preschool to 8th grade has a Smart board and is equipped with computers or/and laptops.  The every middle school student has a G Suite account and all 8th grade students have Surface Pros to use as needed throughout the school day. The school’s newly renovated library has 4 HD Chromebooks.

Physical Education

During physical education class at St. Columba, students are engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity through a variety of enjoyable games. Students learn and explore basic sport skills in addition to building sportsmanship with one another. Other focuses in class include safety during physical activity as well as fitness-based concepts integrated into sport skills. Overall, physical education class provides students an outlet for creativity through movement.

Music Program

Music class is offered one day per week for all students in Pk-8th grade. Each class has the opportunity to perform in a Christmas program and a Talent Show every year. The primary focus of class is to teach our students to appreciate, participate in, and read music. Tools utilized in this process are solfege, liturgical music, interactive websites and simple instruments. Students grades 3-8 are prepared each week to serve as lectors and cantors in our weekly Friday mass. The class serving that week selects music by listening to the readings for that day and picking songs that best reflect those readings.  

Foreign Language

With the assistance of Bloomsburg University faculty and student, St. Columba students in grades K through 8 have one day of Spanish instruction every week. By the time they graduate, our students can speak, read and write Spanish at an advance proficiency, understand the nuances of various cultures, and are more than ready for advanced high school language courses.

Library

Every student from PreK through Grade 8 has at least one library class per week. Following the Diocesean curriculum, students progress through reading and research experiences while learning the ins and outs of our 6,000-volume, remodeled and expanded school library which includes eBooks and Chromebook laptops. The goals of this special program include developing listening and reading skills as well as addressing emerging curiosity and research skills. Students are can check books out as well. Our library is open before school, during recess, and after school for a variety of learning opportunities.  

Share Tutoring

St. Columba School in cooperation with Bloomsburg University offers a unique program to our students called Share Tutoring. Bi-weekly, Student Educators from Bloomsburg University meet with any St. Columba School students for after school tutoring. This program enhances the learning experience of our students, and it reinforces those lessons taught in the classroom. 

Theater Arts

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and Saint Columba School are pairing to bring your child the opportunity to become a star! Drama Club is hosted by BTE's Education Director, Amy Rene Byrne, and takes place on Thursday afternoons each semester. Each term culminates in a short live performance by the students to showcase what they have learned about vocal and kinesthetic awareness as well projection and stage presence. You won't want to miss it!