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Columbia Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 785 students

 

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Posted September 6, 2012

I went to this school for three years and I loved it. I was always with friends that pushed me to be the best I can be. My middle school years had bumpy parts but that did not have to do with the school itself. I love their principal like a second dad and I have had many strong relationships with the teachers there. Columbia knows what it's doing and they have always had the children in mind. I respect every teacher I had even if I didn't do very well in that class. The teachers make the days fun and I just loving going back to see old teachers :) I strongly strongly recommend Columbia for your children - former student (klfoxworthy)


Posted August 8, 2012

I think that Columbia has it's ups and Downs. As a parent I'm really invoked in kids school. I have two kids one is going to 8th grade and 7th. My kids seldomly have homework and if they do they can get it done in homework help after school in 30 minutes. I don't think that they are challenging their student. When I went to visit the classroom the teachers didn't seem to have control of their classrooms and half the class wasn't paying attention and the teacher just kept on teaching without saying anything to student that weren't on the same page. Not only that but when I asked if my kids can go to summer school because they have been failing I was told they have to have at least a PP average to get extra hep. This doesn't make any sense to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

Columbia Middle School is Awesome! I have won 3rd place in synopsys science and engineering championship!(the santa clara county fair). I have been qualified to go to the California State Fair.I am learning Highschool math in 8th grade! Science Teachers are great!


Posted June 2, 2010

I love this school.If you are going to say something about it think about how your student or yourself is academically achieved. I had gone from 6 to 8th grade and left it with perfect grades,was in all advanced classes, It was not easy so it was a perfect challenge, and had no problem...maybe its the students


Posted April 13, 2010

I have been going to this school for 2 years and I don't like this school. I have many friends that are boys that I can't hang out with because of the gender seperated lunches. Also, the teachers never challenge us enough and I feel as if I'm being belittled when the teachers are teaching things that we have learned in our elementary schools. I believe that many of the students are not taking their education seriously and act very inappropriate (kissing in hallways, talking about stuff they shouldn't be, etc.). I am leaving CMS and going to Cherry Creek schools and I am hoping that they will be better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2008

i really like this school and the teachers are really cool and aren't pushy but the only reason i dont give this school five stars is that bulling problems and the princple being being really strict to students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2008

the school has a program where students with low grades can't go to school activites, not only does that discourage us but then they expect all the students to have school spirit. the entire curriculem is based around CSAP and the only electives are art, gym, band, orchestra, choir, spanish, computers, drama, and health. each grade has two lunches, that gives plenty of us thirty minutes with no one to talk to. some of the teachers are good but i wouldn't say that the school has a reason to brag as much as it does about how much (little) we learn or the quality of schooling.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2008

I used to go to this school and it's a great school. Gym is hard but other than that the school is a wonderful school with great education for your child.


Posted December 24, 2007

As a former student, the student body at this school is what bothered me the most. The teachers were pretty good, but I felt that the administration did not push the staff to challenge its students enough. The classroom setting at this school is a little too laid back and does not provide a challenging nor motivating environment in the least bit. I felt somewhat prepared for high school; but compared to my counterparts who came from Cherry creek middle schools, they were very far ahead of me at the begining of freshman year. Columbia is the best of the aurora middle schools, but overall it does not offer what it should for students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 19, 2007

Columbia is a great place to learn and make friends. Yes it has its problems but those come from the students. The teachers are great, they expect a lot, but they have fun with you too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2007

Columbia MIddle school is very horrible.My children havnt learned anyything it seems from the beginning of the year. I wouldnt recomend this school to anyone who wants their children to learn.The teachers are very rude and dont care. This school is one of the worst I seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2005

As a former student at Columbia, I did not feel as if I was being challenged the way I should've been. Only two or three of my teachers, Dr. Veto is one, were awesome! Otherwise, many of my teachers were careless about student work. My algebra class got through 10 chapters, when we are supposed to get through twelve. In addition, the paraprofessionals are very rude and unwelcoming to all students. I was given a referal for forgetting to clean up my trash at school one day. My parents are sending me to Cherry Creek Schools because all three years at Columbia were a waste of time. I learned very little in my English class, because all we did was sit around and talk about our lives. CMS is decent, but I don't recomend it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 13, 2005

Academically the teachers are mostly good and enthusiastic. The sports programs are good. I think that most parents are motivating their children to do well in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2005

Columbia is a great school for learning experience, but doesnt have too many extracurricular activities, and you can only play sports if you are in seventh or eigth grade.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 18, 2005

Columbia Middle School is horrible. There is so many different groups and not enough of people of different races other then white. This school's way of teaching has not gotten me ready for high school. And I recommend another school. Like Mrachek.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 26, 2004

Poor quality school. While wholesome in it's academics, the students at this school are completely side tracked. The teachers I must say are excellent. They have high degrees and truly are dedicated to their teaching. But as I come to this school to look around the classrooms all of the time, cell phones, inapropriate notes, and many more distractions and problems are seen during the class period. To add to this, the stairwells at this school re horrible. This school somewhat decent when it comes to learning. I believe that new curiculum should be changed such as the connected math series. I also think that my child is not learning enough at this school compared to what students in nearby districts are learning. If you can, I recomend your child attend a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2004

As a former student at this school, I didn't have a very good time. My parents transfered me to Cherry Creek Schools this year for high school,I'm very unprepared. Though I was enrolled in all honors classes, I lack knowledge of many things in my currents high school courses. While at this school, I experienced a student body that was very seperated. In addition, my teachers were very rude to me, yet when it came to parent confrences, they turned into sweet little pumpkins. The teachers barely gave homework, one of the many reasons why I am not prepared for high school. Last but not least, at least 2 electives were cancelled at this school, because the district doesn't support them; eventually the administration will be getting rid of social studies, science, and all elective courses in the next few years; would you like to attend now?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2004

Several changes have occured at this school, changes that just made things worse. For one, teachers are unprepared and slack commitment. My math class is several weekes behind schedule, but we get blamed for that although my math teacher has been absent 9 days this semester. In addition students are blamed for being unprepared for 8th grade, yet the seventh grade teachers never stressed anything on pre-eigth grade work; the seventh grade teachers were behind as well. Being an eigth grade student I feel that non of the students at Columbia care about education. I always would love to brag about Columbia, but in present days, what is there to brag about this school? A big drug problem has appeared at our school, why? Why is because there are only 8 e.c. activities besides sports. And while many students come to school high, teachers don't act on anything whatsoever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2004

This school needs a lot of adjustments. Summarizing this school's problems would take a book. Two of my children are attending Columbia and both of them have had problems with the student body. My child was offered a bag of weed in the middle of his social studies class. To add to this, my children are not learning enough. Everything is a sinch to them and it is not because of their intelligence, it's because they are not challenged. The connected math book series are taken too seriously. My daugters seventh grade advanced math class is one book behind schedule, and my son's algebra class is two chapters behind as well. Lastly, the staff members are not commited. My children will be transfering a.s.a.p.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2004

Terrible school. The teachers are non-caring. My son's math and language arts classes are at least two weekes behind schedule, something that has happened all three years. Though my son is in advanced english and honors algebra, he has not been challenged whatsoever this year.Everything has been way too easy. In addition, the administration is not big on extra curicular actvities. Especially in the 8th grade, students are getting into more trouble in and outside of school because they do not have extra actvities as school to particpate in. My child does not feel safe at school. APS is not focused on giving students a good education. I do not suggest this school at all. My child will definately be transfering out of this school district this semester.
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
Female61%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligible53%
Reduced lunch eligible63%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)26%
Proficient in English64%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Reading

All Students71%
Female82%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligible85%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)30%
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant71%

Writing

All Students51%
Female63%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Free lunch eligible37%
Reduced lunch eligible63%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)26%
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students51%
Female58%
Male46%
Black (not Hispanic)33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligible29%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)36%
Proficient in English51%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant52%

Reading

All Students61%
Female68%
Male54%
Black (not Hispanic)47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Free lunch eligible50%
Reduced lunch eligible50%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)27%
Proficient in English62%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant61%

Writing

All Students55%
Female64%
Male47%
Black (not Hispanic)41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible47%
Reduced lunch eligible50%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)32%
Proficient in English55%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students41%
Female46%
Male35%
Black (not Hispanic)26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligible29%
Reduced lunch eligible38%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English44%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Reading

All Students57%
Female64%
Male49%
Black (not Hispanic)43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligible66%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English61%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant58%

Science

All Students37%
Female40%
Male34%
Black (not Hispanic)26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Free lunch eligible27%
Reduced lunch eligible31%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities41%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English42%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant38%

Writing

All Students55%
Female67%
Male41%
Black (not Hispanic)45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible45%
Reduced lunch eligible66%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)19%
Proficient in English59%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 39% 57%
Hispanic 34% 32%
Black 19% 5%
Asian 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
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  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
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  • Library
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  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
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  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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17600 East Columbia Ave
Aurora, CO 80013
Phone: (303) 690-6570

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