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Columbia High School

Public | 9-12 | 718 students

Our school is best known for it's International Baccalaureate Programs

 

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted June 28, 2014

It's an okay school that has limited resources and planning abilities. It would be great if the school books returned and the laptops were used as a resource tool in the classroom. Being totally dependent on electronics is a recipe for disaster when technology is unavailable. Please improve with communication and planning of activities / events at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

Columbia High School's IB Program is consistently turning out quality college graduates. If you want your child to not only get accepted into college, but to be prepared to more than pass courses, then this school is for your family. I know first hand because three of my four children have graduated or will graduate from this program. One achieved her IB Diploma. Quality leadership is demonstrated at the administrative level and a high degree of caring and competence is illustrated every day through teacher/student interaction throughout the school. The environment is state of the art, secure and well maintained. The PTSA is coming on strong and is implementing summer reading programs and a beautification strategy to grow school spirit. Parent involvement is growing as well, which should address communication issues that I feel exist at other schools within this system. Overall, your child can have great academic, athletic and social experiences that will prepare them for their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2014

This school has no sense of community, inside or outside. It's located in the middle of a research park- which is full of businesses. It's location is also vulnerable as it is surrounded by woods on three sides. I find that the school leadership is more focused on sports than education. It has somehow managed to acheive approval to be an IB school- how I will never know- yet they cannot get their act together and communicate deadlines and requirements to the students who are trying to achieve this. This school is fine if you are African American- if you are not, then be prepared to be subject to reverse discrimination. The only bright spot in this school is the arts department- which struggles with no budget. The sports teams never go without, of course. If you cannot tell by my review, I am not a fan of Columbia Highschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

Great Staff,Students are disciplined, and Teachers are always doing their best to help.Overall a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Our school has an IB program which is great, and Columbia offers a lot of different sports and clubs to join. Our Principal Mr.Hicks is really great. Most of the teaches on staff are also great! GO EAGLES!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2013

I'm not sure why the school rating is so low on this school. Millions of dollars were received in 2013 for scholarships including 3 Gates Millennium Scholarships! It's a beautiful school with great potential, especially being only 8 years old! The administration and especially my daughters guidance counselor are amazing. The enthusiasm she has for my daughter's future brought a tear to my eye as they were going over her schedule for next year. I think this school gets a bum rap and makes me pause to wonder if its because its a majority Black school. I hope I'm wrong, but will be paying close attention in the years to come. I'd be very surprised if this schools rating doesn't sky rocket over the next 4 years. Go Eagles!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

Columbia is where smart kids go. If you want to go to Harvard or any other ttop notch school go to columbia and take the IB curriculm. It is very very hard lots of homework.. Freshmen year. i was up till 3am doing homework. 12 page research paper first year! 30 page one this year! so be prepared tto work your butt of if you come here! CLASS OF 2011
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2006

great educators for the 21st century.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2012.

160 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

161 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

160 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

159 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

76 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
68%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 71% in 2012.

161 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
67%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 98% in 2012.

161 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

161 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

161 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

161 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

125 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 90% in 2012.

161 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
80%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible93%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education60%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty93%
Non-poverty97%

Language

All Students70%
Female68%
Male71%
Black64%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White78%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligible77%
Special education13%
General population75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Poverty59%
Non-poverty77%

Math

All Students78%
Female81%
Male76%
Black72%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education27%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Poverty75%
Non-poverty80%

Reading

All Students78%
Female77%
Male79%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligible85%
Special education27%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Poverty75%
Non-poverty80%

Social Studies

All Students63%
Female50%
Male75%
Black56%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White78%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligible69%
Special education27%
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Poverty52%
Non-poverty71%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black98%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible98%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education100%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty98%

Language

All Students86%
Female91%
Male83%
Black85%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligible83%
Special education71%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty85%
Non-poverty87%

Math

All Students91%
Female92%
Male89%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education64%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty92%
Non-poverty90%

Reading

All Students88%
Female92%
Male84%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligible75%
Special education71%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty81%
Non-poverty91%

Social Studies

All Students82%
Female82%
Male82%
Black81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligible75%
Special education71%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Poverty75%
Non-poverty86%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 65% 34%
White 24% 58%
Hispanic 6% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Middle School
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Engineering
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drill team
  • Marching band
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Greg Hicks
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (256) 428-7579

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Construction / building
  • Culinary
  • Engineering
  • IT support

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drill team
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • JROTC
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Marching band
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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Huntsville, AL 35806
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