Students are encouraged to persevere and never give up. Academic support by individual teachers encourage students who may be falling behind is offered. And students are encouraged on a daily basis to be successful.
We teach respect, trustworthiness and responsibility to the students. I've had students find large amounts of money on the floor to return it to the closest teacher which could have been easily pocketed. I've seen amazing things and choices the students at Columbus have made to show that character counts here.
Leadership, clubs, and in classes, compassion and empathy are discussed on a daily basis. Community outreach, last year, Columbus Middle had a successful canned food drive where they were recognized by the City of Los Angeles for their compassionate donation as well as participating in Leukemia research donations. It's very important for our students to be involved in programs that help the people in and around our community.
Columbus MS tends to get a bad wrap for its overall experience but in reality it is only the parents who's children don't even go there that talk bad about the school. I feel as if it greatly suited my child. The experience isn't an easy one and yes the diversity isn't that great (Hispanic dominated) but their programs are worth while. Their Hippocrates Circle Program w/ Kaiser is amazing; inspiring young minds to pursue medical careers. Their athletic and after-school programs are great; promoting team work and athletics! Their accelerated studies in the Magnet program allow a great taste in the science field with biology and health joint education programs. Their classes allow exploration in the sciences: computer, health-related, biology/chemistry, and laboratory. It may seem dull at first but their music and drama is absolutely great!!!!! (Carol is an aspiring and awesome coach for the kids in drama. ) Their H Bio course offers lab hands-on experience with dissections and their behaviorology course leads to the students exploration in the world of psychology. They are just overall great at creating well-rounded and humble kids. Appearances lie people! Enrolling your child here only leads to greater things.
Its students are generally honest and caring. Of course there are the rebels, but that only makes it that much easier for the "good kids" to make the right decisions. Columbus has implemented a great new discipline breaking the normal "detention" rehab.