Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958
College & Guidance

Preparing for College

College 101

A quality high school education like that at Christopher Columbus High School will do more than just prepare Explorers for the next level of instruction or later employment—it will prepare their minds for a future learning opportunities of all kinds.
Standardized College Entrance Exam Preparation
In order to monitor individual and school-wide progress on the high-stakes standardized college entrance examination, the Guidance Department administers and monitors a series of testing tools. In preparation for the SAT, Columbus currently requires all students to take the PSAT 8/9 in freshman year and the PSAT/NMSQT in both sophomore and junior years. For the ACT, students take the Pre ACT in freshman and sophomore years, while all juniors take the ACT during school on a special exam day.  All test results and their interpretations are made available to students, teachers, and parents through individualized and group presentations. Columbus also offers various opportunities for test preparation throughout the school year, including Prepworks’ curriculum-embedded Electronic Learning System (E-LS) and on-campus prep classes.
Columbus students have the opportunity to meet with the Admission Directors and Counselors from over 150 colleges and universities that visit our school throughout the year for our college fairs and for individualized meetings. In addition, many students take advantage for our College Campus Tours which include the Ivy League Schools, the mid-Atlantic Schools, the Florida and California state schools.


Christopher Columbus High School 9th-12th graders and their parents have access to Cialfo, our college application management system. To access your Cialfo account, go to and log in using your Christopher Columbus credentials. Students utilize Cialfo for college search, recommendations, and applying to colleges.
Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by Cognia and is a member of the Marist Association of Secondary schools, the National Catholic Education Association and the Independent Schools of South Florida.