- Founded in 1843 in Stackallan, County Meath. Moved to the current location in 1849.
- Church of Ireland foundation and ethos, but warmly welcomes pupils of all other faiths and indeed no faith. Our ethos is inclusive and tolerant.
- 140-acre campus on the edge of Dublin City, with easy access to the countryside and Dublin mountains.
- 30 minutes’ drive from both Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport. Public transport: Bus 16 into city centre, and 10 minutes’ drive to frequent Luas tram into city.
- How to get to the College: http://stcolumbas.ie/pages/location/
- 2015: 294 pupils, 242 of whom are boarders. 40 full-time teachers, many also part of the 21 boarding house staff teams. Over 70 other staff, including non-teaching staff, sports, music and more.
- 60% from Ireland, 40% from the rest of the world.
- 82% boarders, 18% day boys and girls. Day pupils are fully integrated into the House system.
- All pupils allocated to one of seven Houses (4 boys’ Houses, 3 girls’; 5 senior Houses, 2 Junior).
In September 2012 the College received an outstanding report from the Department of Education and Skills on Management, Leadership and Learning. Read it here.
- Very high standards: five-year average of 460 Leaving Certificate points across all candidates. Equivalent to AAA in 'A' levels.
- In 2016, 44% of our candidates achieved 500 points or more and 95% achieved over 300 points. The average was 473 across all candidates, a new College record.
Pupil-Teacher ratios and average class sizes (2015-16 figures)
- Whole School: 14 to 1
- Senior School (V, VI): 14 to 1.
- Transition Year (IV): 15 to 1.
- Junior School (I, II, III): 13.1 to 1.
- Beautiful William Butterfield-designed Chapel (1880).
- Seven boarding Houses spread across the central area of the campus.
- Two Dining Halls.
- Purpose-built Library in the centre of the College (1994).
- Specialist Cadogan music building, with individual and group practice and teaching rooms.
- Major hall (‘Big Schoolroom’) for frequent plays, concerts and other whole-school events. About 15 drama productions each year.
- Art Centre with two studio areas, photography and pottery facilities.
- Top class sports facilities: large Sports Hall (1998), two artificial hockey pitches, six artificial tennis courts, spacious rugby, cricket and athletics areas. Over 300 sports’ fixtures annually.
- Science Block with physics, chemistry, biology and general laboratories. Early 2016-17: major €1.75m redevelopment, completing October 2016.
- Dedicated Careers' and Guidance centre in the Masterman Library.
- High speed wired and wireless internet connections across the campus.
- Parents’ Association with representatives from all age groups.
- Chair of the PA sits on the Board of Management
- Parental Satisfaction Survey: 98% said they were happy with choosing St Columba’s for their children and it provides good value for money, and 100% said they would make the same choice again.
Communications with parents
- Regular contact with Housemasters and Housemistresses.
- Website (redesigned 2014).
- E-Newsletters each term.
- Regular Warden’s emails to parents.
- Twitter: @sccdublin.
- iOS app (iPhones and iPads).
- Android app.
- Full details of current fees: see Useful Information.
- Scholarships are available, and also Bursary assistance by application to the Warden.
3000 members in the Old Columban Society worldwide.