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A Whole-Child Approach to Education

Our Mission:

To provide rich, dynamic, nurturing, and engaging learning opportunities for any central Missouri family that values a whole child approach to learning, in an environment that sculpts a love of self, others, and the community at large.

Dr. Jill Brown
22 Years of Experience


Central Office Leadership

Dr. Susan Deakins
23 Years of Experience

Central Office Leadership


2201 West Nifong Blvd

Columbia, MO 65203

We are located in

Woodcrest Chapel! 


What Our Parents Are Saying: 

The kids at CALE not only get the opportunity to learn incredible things, but they also get to experience the joy of learning.  The teachers instill such a sense of self-esteem and confidence in these kids.  If you are looking for an amazing educational experience for your kids, I would love to talk to you! 

The amount of collaboration my child is doing as a 6-year-old will serve her in so many ways in her future.  The women running this school are truly incredible.  We are so thankful for them and for CALE! 

I am overwhelmingly excited/proud/filled with gratitude right now.  Thank you, CALE! 

Susan and Jill have created such an amazing place for kids.  

Intentional learning, meaningful play.

Who Are We

Columbia Academy for Learning and Enrichment (CALE) is a place where we encourage kids to be kids while also helping them reach their full academic potential. 

We are a whole-child approach to education which means we have built our school to engage in student-centered teaching and learning while also caring for the mind and body.

Kindergarten is offered as a full or half-day option.  We intentionally keep our class sizes small and place a strong emphasis on our positive and collaborative culture. All CALE students will thrive in an environment that sculpts a love of self, others, and the community at large. 

Our Promise

  • We promise to love kids, to keep them safe, and grow them as healthy and thriving human beings. ​

  • We promise to not cheat children on great academics. Every child deserves to know how brilliant they are.

  • We promise to provide student driven and engaging academic opportunities in a nurturing and supportive environment. 

Our Story

After more than 20 years in education, we’ve seen it all. We’ve been educators and administrators - and we know there is a better way. CALE offers strong academics in a unique, hands-on approach to learning. Our instruction is child-centered in a relaxed environment with lots of flexibility to adapt our day and meet children’s needs and curiosity. It is the perfect combination of intentional learning and meaningful play. We believe this is how school should be done. 

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Our 1st Annual Trivia Night was a huge success! Thank you to our sponsors for supporting us as we grow our CALE Scholarship Fund!