The purpose of the CCS athletic program is to complement, not compete, with the academic program. CCS believes both academics and athletics are instruments to help accomplish the mission of the school. For this reason, athletics, including physical education, is an important part of the curriculum. As its educational philosophy clarifies, CCS does not limit education to mental exercises alone. The goal at CCS is to educate students in all aspects of life, with the Bible at the center of all things as the point of integration. CCS applies this same standard to athletic programs and physical education classes, and the school sees this point of integration as particularly important.
Columbia is involved in sports at various levels.
An organized soccer program begins with the kindergarten through 6th grade in the spring, April through May, involving both girls and boys. Everyone gets to participate as those grades are sectioned into teams and they are coached and then compete with each other according to grade level.
An organized soccer program also takes place in the fall beginning with the 5th grade through high school. This sport is open to both girls and boys. The elementary grades and junior high compete through the CYO league. High school athletes compete through the OSAA. CCS competes on the 1A level. The high school program begins the last two weeks of August with pre-season practice and concludes in October.
An organized volleyball program also begins in the fall of each school year. This program involves girls from the 5th grade through high school. 5th grade through junior high competes in the CYO league and the high school has a junior varsity and varsity team and competes through OSAA. CCS competes on the 1A level. The high school program begins the last two weeks of August with pre-season practice and concludes in October.
The high school has a fall sports program for cross country competition. This program is through OSAA and CCS competes with other Oregon schools of similar size.
Beginning in November each year CCS begins its basketball season. This sport begins at the 5th grade level and continues through high school. The elementary grades through the junior high compete through the CYO league. There are both girls and boys teams. The high school program has junior varsity and varsity teams. CCS compete at the 1A level through OSAA. This program extends until the end of February.
In the spring of the school year CCS begins a track and field program the first of March for high school students. Boys and girls compete with other Oregon schools through OSAA. Junior high students learn and participate in track and field skills during physical education classes the last quarter of the school year and then participate in a track and field event in May with other schools.