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Columbine High School

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Posted April 21, 2013

Columbine High School. Seriously? The worst High School in the United States. Even inner city schools address their problems and do better than this. Given the quality and intelligence level of the students, this school performs so poorly that it cannot even be rated. It is a negative influence on everything it touches, including your children. Horrible Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2011

A great school, where the principle really cares about every student. It has lots of athletics and activities for students and a great staff. Lots of AP and Honor classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

I love being at Columbine. Overall its a very good school. If you need help, Columbine has many teachers who will reach out and if they feel they cannot help they will enlist a peer cunselor or a counselor to do so. If you are struggling in a class, almst every teacher is willing t take time out of their lunch, ff hour, after or before school to help you. While the school is celebreated for its athletics, all groups are recognized. During assemblies, all groups are mentioned and congrdulated for their success. Overall I'm very happy here and their enviroment here is wonderful
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2008

Columbine was an amazing school. I learned a lot academically as well as socially. Our class was so close, I don't think many people had enemies. I knew almost everyone and felt as though it was because of Columbine's past that the teachers and administrators pushed the class together. I was a student that was involved in sports programs that weren't high on the popularity school but never once felt as though I was given less attention than the football players. The administrators took time out to give a proper congratulations to teams and students that excelled. The assemblies that others are discussing was an assembly to honor state champions as well as give recognition to players that were chosen as nationally great players. They also took the time during assemblies to mention the names of students in plays, debate, choir, and art that excelled.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2007

cool school. sports are a big deal here i play allot of them but i still cant wait to graduate! the academic part of school is good to i have learned allot threw out my four years here. Overall it's a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2007

Currently I have two boys in the school, and others already graduated. I have to agree that sports is everything is the school. Teachers have little feedback with parents, even when you email them. Promises given at conferences are not followed though. I would not send them there but they do not want to leave their friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2006

i love this school the kids are great and smart to. we are a very sports related school
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 16, 2006

Columbine High School is very sports-biased. I spent almost a full day at an assembly about baseball and got in trouble by a teacher for doodling in my sketch book and not paying attention. If you play sports then this is a good school for you. You'll get all the attention and praise from the staff. I'm in some high classes and was in the school Orchestra for some time and there were no assemblies on how the Marching Band went to the finals or the Color Gaurd. If you're not a jock or cheerleader the staff automatically assumes you're up to no good and treats you like dirt. Bullies are not recognized if you're not part of the 'in' crowd and if you pick on them for picking on you, expect to get community service, suspended or expelled. I'm not happy with Columbine and neither is my family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 13, 2006

This school has a bad history but good overall academics and good subjects to take place in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2006

This is an excellent educational facility
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

Columbine is a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 10, 2006

As a 1985 alumn, I've had several years to process my educational environment at Columbine. I remember dances, talent shows, Choir, and Drawing class. I have fond memories of advertising, short hand, science, and government classes. I don't remember many teachers wanting to help, I do remember instructors eating chalk, and others extending their lecture beyond the bell. Homecoming wasn't very prominant but knowing who dated whom, when a person was expecting, and how many days a person cut class without their parents knowing were discussed openly. My father did all he could to gather information about my education, but was stagnated at every turn. I do remember speaking with a counselor the day before I scored higher on my GED than the graduating classes in Colorado. I didn't play on the school sport teams, I wasn't a nerd, and never got into illegal activities/substances. I still proudly attend all reunions.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 30, 2005

My son isnt doing very well. Even though there are a lot of extra-curricular activites. The school seems to not be doing its job. Attendence wise is very bad im a little dissapointed. No parent involvment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2005

In spite of what has occured here, the school has proved to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2005

This is an excellent academic school with great principal and teachers. Parents are supportive of the school and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2005

Adequate. Still think jockocracy is a problem, though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2005

Great school, very helpful faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2005

Has some exciting classes and extracurricular activities. Our son and daughter love the school. Haven't met the principal despite complaints I have made to administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2004

Columbine was a terrible school - very athletically inclined. If the football or soccer team won State, the kids spent the day in assembly. If the drama group or Speech team won State, barely even a mention. Teachers and administrators favor athletes over others, and suspicions of kids run high.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2003

Columbine was a great school with very motivational teachers. In fact, I always make a trip back to see them and always remember the things (not just school stuff, but life stuff) that they taught me.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%
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 34% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%
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 Students49%
Female47%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligible30%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant49%

Reading

All Students78%
Female82%
Male75%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligible65%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant78%

Writing

All Students64%
Female66%
Male62%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible46%
Reduced lunch eligible61%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant64%
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 Students45%
Female43%
Male47%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian58%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Free lunch eligible24%
Reduced lunch eligible31%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English45%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant45%

Reading

All Students76%
Female83%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian79%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible57%
Reduced lunch eligible62%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant76%

Science

All Students57%
Female58%
Male56%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian58%
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Free lunch eligible29%
Reduced lunch eligible46%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant57%

Writing

All Students53%
Female62%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian47%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Free lunch eligible31%
Reduced lunch eligible42%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant53%
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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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

23%
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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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

95%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

89%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 57%
Hispanic 18% 32%
Asian 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 5%
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 18%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
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6201 South Pierce St
Littleton, CO 80123
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