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Columbus Magnet School

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Posted November 6, 2013

This is the school I have been looking for, for my daughter's entire childhood. Fantastic place - excellent arts-infused curriculum; skilled, professional, very high-quality and kind teachers; great programming and facilities. A beautiful, beautiful place. The principal is amazing - she greets every child by name by about the second day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

We love the enrichment programs Columbus offers and the hands-on creative methods they use for teaching. The parent community as well as the teachers make this school a great place to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

Iam new to this school, but I am very happy with my kindergarteners progress. The teachers and staff and GREAT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

After very careful consideration I selected Columbus for my academically and artistically gifted, but socially awkward child. It was one of the best parenting decisions I have made. The Bank Street approach allows for open ended learning so that my child remains engaged and challenged. The fact that Columbus is a Hot School encourages creative thinking and supports her love of the arts. The school community embraces the "Tribes Agreements" so that the voice of each child is heard and respected and each student is valued as an important member of the group and is celebrated for their uniqueness. Columbus follows the Comer principal where parents are a welcome and respected part of the educational process. This is a wonderful school, and the staff are amazing. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

CMS is a wonderful school! They stay true to the Bank Street Curriculum. Parents and teachers are very engaged and active in all aspects of the children's' education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

My children had a great beginning at this school, caring and devoted teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

Columbus provides a nurturing atmosphere where learners of all backgrounds and levels can achieve to their highest potential. Creative and fun classrooms motivate and excite the students. My son has blossomed at Columbus Magnet School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

Columbus Magnet isn't just a school, it is a community. A close knit community of very involved parents and teachers who care about our kids and their education. We couldn't be happier with our experience here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

Columbus is a wonderful school where my son loves to go to school everyday! He actually wishes there was class over the weekend! I love the way the teachers find a way to inter grate everything they learn about into math science reading and social studies! I think it makes it so much more interesting for the kids to learn about things they want to know and all the other just happens without them even knowing! Entering the lottery for CMS was the best decision my husband and I have ever made!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

Excellent school! The staff is amazing. I could not ask for a better school for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

Columbus Magnet School is a fantastic place for kids to learn, grow, be creative, develop autonomy and have fun! We have been very happy with the staff and the community of parents. The education is top notch. Lessons are very much hands-on and many times lessons are supplemented with a field trip or special speaker. Go CMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Columbus is a vibrant, thriving school that has the feel of a community school and everyone is welcome. The teachers and staff have created a nurturing learning environment where they meet each child where they are and help them to learn at their own pace and develop into contributing members of the community. The families of CMS are there because they want to be, they have made a conscious decision for their child(ren) to attend the school and it shows.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 8, 2013

This school has a strong and diverse community. My child (despite small grumbles typical for most kids) really likes her school, classmates and teachers. There is a respect for Experiential Learning which is still alive in this school. The Leader is enthusiatic for providing many experiences for the children well beyond test prep and skill building. Although these teachers work hard to learn the latest technology, and methods to hone in on developing a child's academic skills, the respect for a child's well being and the power of their imagination still exists.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

Columbus Magnet School is a gem in Norwalk. A special place unlike any other school. The teachers and staff are caring, loving, and supportive. The bank street/HOT school philosophy is intertwined through all lessons and the teachers truly teach to the whole child. Our school is a rainbow, a wonderful place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

Columbus Magnet School is an inspiration! The school's curriculum meets children where they are, engages them, and fosters their love of learning. The Bank Street, experiential approach to learning, is one that encourages children to find learning opportunities in everything they do. In 1st grade, the children begin to learn about how plants, animals and people interact. They begin with bees pollenating apple blossoms, and progress to a study about farms, growing produce, and the food supply chain. These lessons culminate in a First Grade Market - where the children actually run a produce market in the halls of the school. They procure the produce, design signage, handle inventory, prepare samples and sell the produce to their classmates, teachers, parents and community members. It is truly a sight to be seen! This type of learning sticks with the children - on a weekly basis, I hear something from my 2nd grader that she learned during her 1st grade study. Columbus' teachers care deeply about their children and the school - taking interest in each individual child. Columbus is a model for elementary schools. I'm so grateful that my children are CMS kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

CMS is truly a special place within the Norwalk school district. The Bank Street method and Hot School approach shows clearly how the students benefit, not only on academic level, but also on social-emotional and creative level. The students LOVE their teachers, they know them, they know the majority of the parent body and the community spirit brings out the best in the kids. The integration of art, movement, math- language arts and social studies/science within one unit/theme shows how each of the students contribute and thrive. One could ask, "what can improve?" And yes, there is always room for improvement. Having witnessed my children for the last 6 years from K-5th, I believe CMS would benefit from a more in depth, child friendly WRITING PROGRAM. Integrating all areas of learning within one unit and the strong involvement of parents and PTA body, creates the unique opportunity of the many interesting field trips throughout the year (3rd thru 5th grade travels nationwide - PA- MA - CT - DC - NY). A unique experience, more common to private schools than to public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

CMS is a diverse and culturally rich school providing exposure to a vast array of art, history, and cultural traditions. CMS provides the world recap in one place. The students are exposed to various artists in every genre thru music, art, movement. The students engage on a weekly basis in public speaking in front of their peers. The students who go on from CMS, walk away with strong public speaking skills, confidence, world traditions knowledge, an understanding of true citizenship and the courage to think out of the norm (or the box).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2012

Both the principal, Emily Lopez, and assistant principal get to know every child personally and are fully invested in their education and success. The teachers are great and have very open communication with the parents throughout the year. Parental participation is strongly encouraged and supported. The classrooms have open door policies, which means the parents are welcome to come in at anytime, and they do. Parents volunteer for all sorts of things, from helping with writers' workshops, to helping with artclass, etc. Kids don't fall through the cracks here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

columbus is a family school, they bring the community into the school and the school into the community, the teachers and staff are involved 110% and my son is excited about going to school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2007

Columbus is an excellent school. It is a magnet school which draws students from all over Norwalk who travel out of their home districts to attend. The school follows the Bank Street model and is a Higher Order Thinking school. Each classroom K through grade 5 has a teacher's aide in the room in addition to the teacher, so the ratio of instructors to students is excellent. The style of learning is very interactive and hands on, very experiential with many field trips. The academics, art, and music are wonderful. Individual creativity is highly encouraged. The principal Mrs. Liberatore is an extremely involved leader who truly loves children and knows every child in the school by name. Parental involvement is not only encouraged but expected. Parents are always welcome to volunteer in the classroom and to share their knowledge about their heritage, hobbies, and occupations with the students.
—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 83% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students85%
Female85%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%

Reading

All Students76%
Female75%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%

Writing

All Students69%
Female75%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

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

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students89%
Female93%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%

Reading

All Students80%
Female83%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%

Writing

All Students90%
Female97%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

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

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%

Reading

All Students76%
Female77%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%

Science

All Students81%
Female70%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%

Writing

All Students90%
Female93%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

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

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 61%
Black 26% 13%
Hispanic 17% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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46 Concord St
Norwalk, CT 06854
Phone: (203) 899-2840

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