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Columbia Middle School

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Posted October 18, 2012

The worst school I have ever taught for. Rampant defiance by many of the low-income students that attend. No administration support for the teachers that are trapped in a room full of hoodlums and thugs. If your child gets placed at the school, pull them out as fast as you can.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 4, 2012

HORRIBLE SCHOOL: My daughter got into a fight with another student at Columbia and the assistant principal knew the other child intended to do harm to my daughter. She failed to notify once she found out and my daughter had to get three stitches on her face, and she had a minor head injury. The day I went to pick my daughter up from school they didnt know where she was, by the time i found her I was so upset with the school because of their incompetence. When I asked the assistant principal why didnt she call me and let me know what was going on with my child she could'nt even answer the question. We send our child to school to learn and we thought she would be safe but this is not the case at Columbia. I'm not impressed with this school in no way they need new staff there that really care for all children regardless of race.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

columbia magnet school is a very good school my daughter has been attending there an the staff handles many problem that i have had with my child an they do respond quickly to your issues, sandy an aimee are wonderful when i come in an they alway's greet me,now if u want to hang around the rough kids that don't want better for themselfs when then change your surrounding's an stop complaing about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

THIS SCHOOL IS HORRIBLE! MY NEPHEW WENT TO THAT SCHOOL AND THEY REFUSED TO RELEASE HIM BECAUSE THEY WANTED MORE MONEY! HE LATER WAS ATTACKED BY ANOTHER KID THERE AND WHEN MY NEPHEWS MOTHER WENT TO COMPLAIN SHE EAS TOLD TO WAIT. AFTER BEING THERE FOR A LONG TIME SHE ASKED WHEN THEY WOULD SEE HER AND THE PRINCIPAL LAUGHED AND SAID SHE FORGOT ALL ABOUT THEM! MY SISTER FOUND OUT THAT FIGHTING.IS NOT AN AUTOMATIC EXPULSION AND THAT A CHILD HAS UP TO 5 SUSPENSIONS BEFORE THEY GET EXPELLED! FURTHERMORE SHE RECEIVED NO APOLOGIES AND EAS TOLD THAT THEY WOULD LOOK INTO IT BUT DOUBTED THEY WOULD FIND ANYTHING OUT!!!! IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN SAFE KEEP THEM AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2010

I attended Columbia for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade when the school first started out. In my opinion, back then, the school was great in so many different ways! The teachers helped me to succeed and always had a positive and motivating spirit. They would change the principal every year though, which was weird. As for the academic programs, they were great and I experienced a lot that others haven't. This was back when they had GAVRT and NASA exploration. I don't know if they still have those programs but I hope they do because they were very beneficial. I know Columbia was the best school I have attended until i got to high school because Silverado is now the best in my opinion. Trust me I've attended up to 10 schools so I know what I'm saying when i say it is a very great school.


Posted March 26, 2010

I can say that at first I was afraid for my child to attend Columbia just by the things that I heard and seen. However, she is now in the 8th grade and she loves it. I love the fact that the teachers are great and they care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

I was very excited to get my first teaching job at Columbia. They played up the school's opening so much that you couldn't help but be dissapointed. With the changes in administration, the turn over of staff and the loss of programs, I can't help but feel this school was set up to fail. My last year at Columbia was frustrating. I could not get any support. I am happy to be out of the district (employment wise) and my own son who will enter 7th grade next year will never set foot in that school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 22, 2008

First of all, I would like people to understand that this is an unfair site. People only come on to bash individual schools or to vent not to praise them. I do understand the frustration of CMS but please rest assured that Adelanto School District heard their public and fired the principal in question. There is a new sheriff in town and she is awesome. Great things are happening there such as Club Columbia which is an afterschool program so cool that many of our students have joined and love which keeps them from joining other causes such as gangs and what not. It is also a new school, give it some time to grow because the teachers are overworked and underpaid. Please remember that when reading reviews on all schools but especially CMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2007

I am now attending Columbia [and I feel] it is a very unorganized school. The teachers and administrators do not comunicate enough with each other or with the parents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2007

Feel the principal is the main problem with the school with his flippant attitude that he is always right. Feel they made a big mistake in losing Mr Early as a music teacher. Counselor attitude as bad as principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

As a parent I do not reccomend this school, because is not save, there is too much violence and the kids are not save as they supposed to be in school campuses, officers are not to trust they do not do anything to protect your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

Ive attended this school ever since it opened. This school didnt prepare me enough. I recommend avoiding going to Columbia.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 23, 2007

The principal of this school does not care about the community or the students. Every year the staff leaves and the original vision of the school no longer exists. I am glad my student moved on to high school. My other children will go elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2007

Last year when this school first opened, it showed so much promise. A NASA school with AVID,GAVRT, University Prep, and the promise of so much more. Well, in its 2nd year the programs are gone or are on the process of being eliminated. My son is going backwards in his academics. He is no longer challenged. It is now just another Adelanto school with nothing to differentiate itself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2006

Unitl this school has a strong principal who supports the NASA and AVID vision, this school will continue to fail. I pulled my child because of the safety concerns. On a positive note, this school does have great teachers, support staff and assistant principals.I appreciate the assistant principals for going out of their way to help me get my student to a safer school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2006

Ive been in this school since 6 grade and the past year was out of control. I love this year so much better than last year! We have lots more things to look forward to. Lockers, avid, new teachers new teams of more sports, and defiantly better students. Im coming next year!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2006

Avoid Columbia Middle School at ALL costs. It is unsafe, there are no or few extracurricular activities and the ones they do have are poor. The parent involvement is okay, although it varys greatly. the discipline is very poor. All in all, I gave this school a negative score after attending it for two years...but that's not a choice, so I'll give it a 1.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 19, 2006

This school is the best. It is underrated.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted May 18, 2006

This school is supposed to be a NASA school. It doesn't appear that the moeny they received is being put to good use!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2006

I've been teaching for 5 years and this is my first year at Columbia. We've had ups and downs, but things are getting better every day. With the addition of our new principal, Mr. Brawley, things have improved so much. I have agreed to teach her next year and am looking forward to a better school year.
—Submitted by a teacher


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API score

657

Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

1 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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657

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

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37%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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30%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
17%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
4%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
25%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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22%

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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17%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
20%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
24%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

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Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented54%
Parent education - not a high school graduate21%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduate31%
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Math

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Males21%
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Not economically disadvantaged8%
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English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only20%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented38%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate11%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)17%
Parent education - college graduate23%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

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

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

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Males14%
African American18%
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Students with no reported disability15%
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Fluent-English proficient and English only15%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate0%
Parent education - high school graduate19%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)17%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

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Females30%
Males17%
African American16%
Asiann/a
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Hispanic or Latino27%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
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Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)25%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability23%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only26%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented75%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate23%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)19%
Parent education - college graduate27%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students15%
Females16%
Males16%
African American12%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino17%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)25%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disability6%
Students with no reported disability18%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only18%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate12%
Parent education - high school graduate18%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)20%
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Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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Females16%
Males19%
African American11%
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Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino21%
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Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability20%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only19%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented58%
Parent education - not a high school graduate18%
Parent education - high school graduate17%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)17%
Parent education - college graduate29%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students27%
Females27%
Males27%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)31%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability28%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only31%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)24%
Parent education - college graduate33%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

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

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 57%
Black 33%
White 5%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92%N/AN/A
English language learners 13%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mike McGirr
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Fax number
  • (760) 530-1953
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