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Residents have a wide selection of school choice in Columbus and Bartholomew County. The largest public school district within the county (and the 17th largest in the state) is Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp (BCSC), serving more than 11,000 students among its two high schools (Columbus North & Columbus East), two middle schools (Northside and Central), and 11 elementary schools. BCSC is also home to the Columbus Signature Academy, the first K-12 Project-Based Learning magnet school in the nation. Students at the two CSA elementary schools, middle school, and New Tech High School campus work collaboratively using technology and project-based learning to solve authentic problems and create real-world projects.
The residents of Hope, Indiana, are served by the Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp, serving 900 students at Hope Elementary School and Hauser Jr-Sr High School.
If parochial or other private schools are your preference, Columbus Christian offers K-12 education, St. Bartholomew School pre-K-8, St. Peter Lutheran School offers K-8, and ABC-Stewart Montessori School offers pre-K-8.
For higher education that is close to home, Columbus is the proud home of a joint campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC), Purdue Polytechnic Columbus, and Ivy Tech Community College. In addition, Indiana Wesleyan University and Harrison College also offer local programs.
For more information on any of the education providers in our community, please refer to our Partner and Resource Links.