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6-8
Public
Sunnyvale, CA
Students enrolled: 816
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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739 Morse Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94085

(408) 522-8247
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January 06, 2014
This school changed me. I started here as a good student good study habits and positive outlook on life. 2 years later I left Suicidal (I attempted 3 times) bullied, hating myself, hating the world, a cutter, depressed, Dermatillomania (Google it) and Anorexic. I think that shows you what this school does to kids.

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2013
School appears to be an up and coming school with some significant challenges. However, the staff appears to be committed to utilizing all resources to meet those challenges and the school appears generally safe. I was pleasantly surprised after being invited to walk the campus and meet some of the parents and students of my son's class.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Columbia is NOT the school it used to be. API scores (and all sub groups) have gone up steadily over the past 3 years. It seems that when parents are looking for a school for their child/children the API score is the end all be all...SO not true. The only reason Columbia has what some consider a "low" API score is simply due to the fact that there's a high percentage of English language learners that are still leaning how to comprehend English...this is not an easy task. It takes years to be fluent in English. The principal and staff are obviously doing something right!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2011
I moved to Sunnyvale from East Palo Alto because I just knew that the schools would be better, right? No. We live in the Fairwood area so for 5th grade my son went to Fairwood which is an awesome school. For middle school, the kids from our area have to go to Columbia which is in the Fair Oaks area. The kids can't wear red or blue because of gangs. They don't let the kids wear plain old winter hats. My son went there for 6th grade. It was horrible. I couldn't get him into any of the after school programs designed to help him improve his grades because he knew how to read and knew his multiplication and division. The staff wasn't understanding at all with the exception of Mrs. Carmack. I got my son tested for ADD and I couldn't get any accommodations for him. The teachers didn't want to help him. It was so bad that I considered putting him back in school in East Palo Alto. Luckily I got him into a charter school. This is a horrible school. As a parent, I didn't feel right sending him there and I thank God I got him out.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2011
Columbia is making a come back! Please ignore all the reviews prior to 2009. They were written when the school had a different principal. Over the past few years we have implemented a number of new programs, both educational and behavioral. The dedicated teachers and wonderful students are making huge strides in a positive direction. Our API jumped 20+ points in the 2010-2011 school year! That is a very difficult feat. Most schools increase 5 -10 points a year, if they increase at all. The school has just undergone a complete renovation also. Our classrooms are new, and full of technology. Yes, we have students involved in gangs. This problem is being taken control of, it is NOT apparent on campus. Any school in a similar neighborhood would have similar problems. These students seek gang involvement because a lack of parental involvement in their lives. If you are a parent involved in your students life, you have nothing to worry about, your student will succeed at Columbia. I am a proud Columbia teacher doing my best to give our students the best future possible. Please do not let rumors hinder your student from attending Columbia. Come see us for yourself.

- submitted by a teacher
February 18, 2011
Columbia is a awsome school i go to this school and some people say its an a terrible school but its not. Our school has a coucler which she could help you out. there is only one teacher i hate so much i cant say who he is but i want him fired

- submitted by a community member
October 15, 2010
Columbia is a great school, it has a bad reputation due to some incidents that have occurred at the school. There are a lot of positive things happening at Columbia and they seem to be overlooked due to the few negative events that have happened here and there. The Music Department is amazing, they are award winning, they travel to Disneyland to perform in front of thousands, and they perform for many City of SV events; the Drama Department is very talented as well, they have a cast of students with awesome energy and charisma. I am tired of CMS constantly being compared to Sunnyvale Middle, FYI, SMS has it's "crime/issues" as well, maybe they keep a little quieter about it, but believe me they have had fights, drugs, graffiti, etc.....please look at the big picture and stop dwelling on the 3% of negative and focus on the 97% good!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
Columbia is the worst school in Sunnyvale. I am go to this school and I am constantly getting harassed by the teachers. If you would like your child to succeed, this is NOT a recommended school. Lunch is also highly overpriced.

- submitted by a community member
January 22, 2010
Columbia is in a low income area. But not all of the families are of low income. I will say that most of these families are have both parents who work. This is limiting the involvement of the parents for extra activities. The students overall are good kids. The teachers try hard. The staff and and Athletic Director, Mr Barelli are great. There are too many kids who go to private schools around here. This drives scores on the 'average' side. My son enjoyed his 3 years at Columbia.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2009
the crime around columbia makes the school look bad, but its not. The schools staff is great. I am an eight grader and i am planning on graduating by the end of this school year! When i was in elementary i hated reading and doing my homework. Now I love to read I learned alot from computer classes that will help me succeed in my future. My grade are a b avergae. I try my best, and the teachers can open doors for me, but it is my choice to walk through the doors. I choose to go. Most of the students, including me, have a great apportinity to go to Columbia Middle School, Class of two-thousand and ten!

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August 31, 2009
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August 07, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 22, 2009
columbia is a great school. there is high crime in the area but it is a wonderful school. After columbia then high school many kids get great careers my brother learned mechanichal engineering at columbia in high school he continued with it and now hes going to college all because of columbia

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2009
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March 18, 2009
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February 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2009
Well i was an eight grade student at Columbia Middle School, and I am proud to say that i loved the school. I recently moved to Vallejo, CA and schools/ students are no where near columbia. Columbia does have Gang problems, but its not like anything really ever happends. Its more or less a bunch of wannabes. The diversity is wonder. I dislike all the princibles or the nurse, but they do get all the job done. Seventh graders hope for Mr.Brax. Old students appreciate he school. Parents, we need your involvment, You are the biggest influence.

- submitted by a student
December 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 09, 2008
I'm a student there and i think that those bellow me or above are rude comments are school may not be the best but it is a great school.i am a 7th grader and i think that it may be a bit out of order but princibles are helping and i dont know why there saying the princibles are not taking care and are rude.it is not true they spend there time atlunch and brunch wathcing over the students.We have a problem with gangs but that can be taken care of with many things such as police,more rules,and color codes+the teachers are cool and they rock (Mr.Brax )hes the coolist teacher ever and also my volleyball coach rock on mr brax .

- submitted by a student
October 08, 2008
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March 02, 2008
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February 28, 2008
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February 25, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2007
students run the school......no consistant method of discipline.the principals hide in their offices instead of being involved with their student body.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2007
Very negative environment. the hidden curriculum taught here is that of unacceptance,disrespect, and superiority. The new principal spends most of her time sitting in her office. She is condecsending to staff (including teachers and support staff) and has shown little interest in contecting with the student body. There is no discipline matrix and kids run the school.

- submitted by a teacher
June 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
Administrators at this school are unaware of the laws and how they pertain to special needs children. Teachers here seem to be more self serving than anything else.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
I have a child who is currently attending Columbia and I'm very happy with the school. The teachers are great and I have had several meetings with the principal, and she has been very helpful. My experience with all the teachers except one has been exceptional! They have a wonderful resource program for children who may need extra help (I don't understand the negative comments about special education at Columbia). I give them two thumbs up!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
The teachers and staff at Columbia are great. You couldn't ask for a better group of teachers. The principal is involved with the students. One of the teachers helped us with my oldest daughter. She was having problems in school and at home. Well it turned out this teacher was able to point us in the right directions we held an SST meeting and had a whole room full of CMS teachers and administrators there to help. Our daughter was diagnosed with ADHD. Without this she would have failed.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2007
new principal is rude and condescending. She makes little effort to connect with students or staff. It is unfortunate, this was a good school.

- submitted by a staff
June 20, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2007
Teachers and administators really care about kids---all of them. I would recommend CMS to any other parent.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
There is a focus on improving student achievement--the new principal cares about the kids and is whipping the place into shape. It is nice to have a strong smart principal in a public school

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2007
School is very unsettled with teachers and administrators being unsuccessful at collaboration.

- submitted by a teacher
May 31, 2007
Teachers are not respected here. The new principal does not have a positive relationship with the students.

- submitted by a teacher
May 22, 2007
This is a great school! The staff is very dedicated and I'm proud my child goes here.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
School is dirty and lacks discipline. Lacks strong positive leadership.

- submitted by a teacher
May 09, 2007
Administrators are not familiar with the current IDEA or laws as they pertain to special education. Strong leadership from a special education director is needed here.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2007
Children with exceptional needs are not supported by administration here. School is very unsettled and lacks positive leadership.

- submitted by a staff
April 01, 2007
School is very unsettled. Many significant changes and very poor leadership. Academics and support for special ed is not the priority here. The kids are running the school and know that the leadership and discipline is lacking.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2007
Overall a good school. Some staff and teachers truly care. Assistant Principal Mr. G is wonderful always open to talk in regards to any concern you may have and very supportive. Staff is friendly and very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2007
I am actually a student here in Columbia and I am rather unimpressed with the interaction between the teachers and schools. Another problem is the food. Columbia seems to provide little quality when presenting food-it is not culturally diverse.

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 29, 2007
I am really unimpressed with the new principal. She makes little effort to connect with students. Would like there to be more after school opportunities and homework help. Often doesn't seem like the teachers are all on the same track. They do express a lot of care, though.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2007
I say this is one of the best schools I have seen. My daughter is supported by all the teachers she has and the teachers really care when the students struggle. One of the best schools.

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June 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2005
Overall columbia middle is a very good school. My child studied here in 6th and 7th grade here. I am happy with kind of support I got from teachers and other staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2004
Parents trying to become involved are intimidated or shut out. Trying to find out what your child needs to do or keep on top of homework becomes a major task. Everyone is given an 'A' at beginning of report periods so kids have a false idea of grades/don't think they need to try so get lower than expected grades on report cards. When a child is sick it is like pulling teeth to get makeup work. Papers come home from school without visible grades, you don't know what grade was given. Worst of all School refuses to address discipline; the police are called to handle even the smallest discipline issue. Avoid this school!

- submitted by a parent
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Columbia Middle School
739 Morse Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA  94085
(408) 522-8247
Last modified Columbia Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Columbia Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top