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Columbia High School

Public | 9-12 | 1802 students

 
 

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Posted May 23, 2012

I am a student going into my senior year. I do NOT recommend sending any student to this school. Not only do atleast over half of the teachers there not actually teach what needs to be taught, but the administrators are completely unfair, unconcerned, and not hepful in any way. Some of the rules are unheard of. There is always 'favorites', in other words, the students that play a sport or are really active in school activities. On top of their nonchalant attitudes, a lot of the students there are so incredibly rude. Not to mention, the bullying that is done there, honestly, you can find so many videos online of fights that have taken place at the school. I do give them credit on quickly sending those kids home, but there has been, on more thann one occasion, students that walk around threatening other students lives, and when the issue is reported to somebody, absolutely NOTHING i done about it. I honestly fear, everyday, of what will happen everyday there. All I can say is, I'm so glad I have one more year left, then I can finally get out of that hole.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2011

I am a senior at Columbia High and to be honest, i would not recommend this school to a parent. The administration are not understanding and rude, they are very narrow minded and tend to have favorites whom you will never see in trouble. the school is not tolerant to those who are not in a sport / club / extracurricular activity. The school has ruined students academic future by sending them to alternative schools over petty rule breaking such as referrals because of wearing hats in the building or not wearing a belt. The school is over crowded and has an unfriendly atmosphere with crowded lunches and hallways filled with rude students. if you have any other choice of schools to send your child go with them. Coming from a student with experience with this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2009

I am a former educator at CHS. I taught at CHS for 6 wonderful years (2003-2009) when our family was transferred out of state. My own children attended CHS and loved it! They received a very good, balanced education. My fellow teachers were committed to the students and vested in CHS. They cared! CHS offers a variety of extra-curricular activities and a solid education to those that seek it out.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 21, 2008

I think that chs was a great school i was a student there fromm 2002-2005
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2008

My daughters first time at the school, so far everything is going very well and she very much enjoys her classes and teachers. A much more pleasant experience than the private school she previously attended. I was very surprise how well she is doing and how accommodating the school guidance and teachers are with her. She is a much more happier student and looks forward to going to school each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

i attend chs, and honestly it's horrible, we're to busy being bombarded with fcat scores than actual curriculum, it's a joke, and a bad one at that. i wish i lived in a city with a better high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2008

I attend Columbia high school, and i am very proud to go there it is such a great school that opens many doors for my future. and the teachers there are magnificent at teaching i highly reccomend it as a high school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2008

I am a graduate of Columbia and I must say that my experiences there fostered little more than aggravation. The only plus was the variety of extracurricular activities. I say variety because unless you were a football player, cheerleader, or tigerette, support was minimal. For every teacher , there were two that at best didn't care. The rules were arbitrary and inconsistent. If you have the option, send your child to another school (unless they want to play football lol)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2008

Hi I'm a student at Columbia High and probably the best thing about CHS is its football program, I mean the teams it puts out teams every year that are always good though this year they'll have Tim Tebows coach to help make them become a great team. I have to say the vocational programs at CHS are awesome they are a great help in preparing you for your career choice and they range anywhere from Agriculture, Buisness, Criminal Justice, Culinary and many more. No its true academics are not that great but thats due to all the misbehaving teenagers whose parents can't contol them, causing (the school, teachers, administration, and sometimes other students) to spend more time disciplaning and correcting those students then actually teaching. Over all CHS is very diversified what with its clubs, sports, volunteer programs, vocational programs, and academics.*** And yes I do Tuck in my shirt!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2008

Hi, I'm a parent of a senior at Columbia High School, and I'd like to say how proud I am that my child goes to Columbia High. I am very impressed with all the academic opportunities that are offerred at the school besides the atheletics. I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge that some teachers seem to have lost the enthusiasm, but the majority are new and willing to give the extra that the students seem to need. Even a lot of the older more experienced teachers seem to have bought into the one school culture that is promoting Faith, Family, Academics, and Then Sports. I am impressed and thank the Principal, staff, and Teachers for what they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2007

My son is in his second year at CHS and I'd just like to say that if your child wants to learn, asks for help when needed (which is available) obeys the rules (tuck your shirt in..how hard is that?) they should be successful at Columbia period. We are pleased also with the community support for the variety of athletic programs available to students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2007

I am a very involved parent and plan to stay that way. My child is in a sport that is not benefited by CHS Athletic Dept., which is very disappointing. This is the teams 2nd year in a row to be going to State Finals. I can only hope the principal will contact me after several attempts. My child enjoys most of the teachers but some definitely lack the enthusiasm and excitement that is necessary for becoming an excellent educator!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

The problem is not that the teachers don't care, yes granted some don't, but that the students don't ask for help and instead hide their needs. We students feel like a family at CHS... most of the time. Some of the faculty and teachers have a bad stereotyping problem. Many of my friends are involved in the 'punk' or 'goth' clique. They are not scary people or suicidal, but some judge before knowing. That, and the lack of parent involvement are the only things wrong with the school (from [a] student[s] perspective).
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2007

I concur with the unhappy parents. The school does not have nearly the quality education this age group should be getting to go forward in life. There is a small percentage of faculty who truly cares about the kids. Otherwise, most of them should retire. Never has a parent needed to be involved in their kids life than with their kids being at CHS. Too bad. Sometimes it seems like those in charge are stuck in a time warp. The rules are ridiculous and not handed out fairly. In all fairness to the teachers who do care and are making a difference, the parents of a big percentage of the kids are not involved with their kids, nor do they teach respect or common courtesy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2006

As an alumni of CHS I was excited to move back here and have my children attend CHS. The academic programs are exceptional! There are more than enough extracurricular activities for all students. Parent involvement is where CHS lacks. The school doesn't do enough to reach parents and involve them. The school has a new principal and hopefully that will be the beginning new ideas, new images and the start of a better FCAT grade for CHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2006

This is by far one of the worst schools I have seen a young adult go to. The school is absolutely disgusting, most of the techer's don't care about the children, and the rules are outragious. I do not recommend to any parents that their child go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2005

Should hire a better cleaning crew, bathrooms are teribble in regards to smell, handicapped access, cleanliness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2004

We moved here from another county in Florida--the teachers seemed motivated to insure student success and the honors classes are more challenging. Disappointed in the lack of an open house (my younger child's orientation conflicted with that of the high school) and what I see as failure to see the 'big picture' when it comes to discipline issues (flip flops and stopping to talk in the hall are worse than a student dressed in black leather, chains, and sporting 12' spiked hair?-c'mon).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2003

I'm not sure where the two prior comments are coming from. I know several parents of students at CHS who are pleased--it's not perfect, but the needs of their children are met. Sounds like the prior two comments are from parents who were not involved (except to cover for their child, or complain without helping solve problems). Students have great experiences at CHS as long as they follow the rules, study and prepare, and participate in the great activities.


Posted September 9, 2003

I was never so glad as the day my daughter graduated from this school.
—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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

496 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
47%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

457 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

443 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
75%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

418 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

362 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
57%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

492 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
56%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
47%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

320 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 68%
Black 25%
Hispanic 4%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 69%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%65%61%
Master's degree 34%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%0%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 7%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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469 Southwest Fighting Tiger Drive
Lake City, FL 32025
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