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Running Start for Reading

Columbia offers a 3-week reading program especially for beginning readers and students up to 4th grade who may need some extra help to become successful and fluent readers. Reading is a fundamental skill that’s necessary for students to do well in school. This head-start on the school year helps students to adjust gently into the demands of the next grade’s academic work. It also helps parents to address the “summer slide,” where students forget a portion of what they learned in the previous year and come to school unprepared for the next semester. At Columbia, we use a proven phonics-based approach to reading, which builds on the recognition of letters with the memorization of sounds that can be assembled into meaningful words.

The class size is limited to 15 students, so early registration is encouraged. The cost for students not enrolled at Columbia is $375 for the whole three-week program, to be paid in advance. Students not able to attend the entire program may also attend a portion of it for $125 a week. The 2019 program begins Tuesday, August 6 and runs every weekday through Friday, August 23 from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. An optional lunch & recess time is available until 12:30 p.m. The campus opens at 8 a.m. Students should bring a labeled morning snack and, if staying for lunch, a labeled bag lunch. A refrigerator is available along with a microwave.

Parents may register their children through the online Registration page, and send or bring a check to the school when it’s convenient. If we run out of space, priority will be given to any kindergarteners or first graders who are enrolling at Columbia for the first time. Space permitting, enrolled Columbia students up to third grade may attend at no additional cost. (Please inform the school as soon as possible if you wish to participate.) Otherwise, students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of Running Start for those who are not currently CLS students is creditable toward the CLS registration fee and tuition for those families who decide to register for the 2019–2020 school year.

Enrollment is available for higher grades in reading/math/grammar on request.

Supply List

  • Box of 24 crayons
  • Pencil box for storing crayons (label with student’s name)
  • 3 pencils (no mechanical pencils)
  • 1 pack wide-rule looseleaf paper
  • 1 box of Kleenex
  • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer
  • Water bottle with sealing lid (label with student’s name)


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