Columbus Public Schools offer a variety of after-school educational programs and varsity sports for boys and girls, as of 2015. They offer academic programs such as the English Language Learners (ELL) for students who speak a language other than English, the High Ability Learner (HAL) program for students with high achievements in intellectual and creative areas, and STEM programs that introduce middle school students to concepts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
A complete list of varsity sports activities includes soccer, tennis, swimming and diving, softball, track and field, volleyball, basketball, cross country, golf, football and cheerleading.
The High Ability Learner (HAL) program is offered at the elementary, middle and high school levels. The program promotes the growth of academic and artistic talents in advanced students. Eligibility is determined based on standardized testing and teacher recommendations. Students are encouraged to take Advanced Placement, dual enrollment and college prep courses. Extracurricular activities such as Destination Imagination, Quiz Bowl and marching band are also encouraged.
At Columbus Middle School, students take progressive levels of STEM courses, designed as an interdisciplinary approach to the core concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. The STEM program teaches students the basics of scientific measurement and their practical applications. The program fosters advanced analytical thinking within a team setting.