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Christopher Columbus High School

Private | 9-12 | 1340 students

We are best known for academic excellence.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $142,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,180.

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2011:
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Posted May 7, 2014

Bar none...best HS for boys in South Florida. My son attended all 4 years and is graduating now fully prepared for college. He respects and adores the faculty and he shares a camaraderie with all students that is impressive. You can see it if you attend a few games or just any school activity...many of the teachers are ex alumni that have told me they loved the school so much they wanted to continue the legacy and give back by teaching there...in summary....AWESOME
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2014

CCHS is definitely a top notch school. One of the best all boy private schools in the US. The academics are significant, the students are very well mannered, and the educators are very well prepared and care for each student individually. My son is graduating this year and has had an amazing experience here! He doesn't want to graduate. CCHS has been great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2014

I took the entrance exam today and the enviroment is amazing, The teachers are funny. It's a nice big school
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 7, 2013

I have three sons and they all attended CCHS, two have graduated and the third is in his senior year. My sons are all proud of their school and claim they will send their boys there if they still live in the Miami area. From a parent's perspective, I've seen my boys grow up into caring, bright and responsible young men. They each handle their committments to academics differently and the school has placed them in a program that's both challenging but allows them to succeed. I am glad we made the decision to enroll them in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

A 30 year old experience is certainly invalid and irrelevant today. I have not heard of any "meathead" coaches teaching any academic courses.


Posted May 8, 2012

I had the misfortune of attending CCHS all 4 years. 30 years later I still think that was the worst time of my life. There were more than a couple of amazing teachers & I remain grateful for their influence but more often than not classes were taught by by meathead coaches with little interest in the subject matter & even less interest in the students that didn't play a sport. If your boy is all about football, this is the institution for you. But if you're plagued by liberal or artistic sensibilities, run away. The all male environment is kind of horrible, too.


Posted November 8, 2011

This school promotes itself as having different academic levels. I'm very disappointed. The school places kids in honor classes due to placement tests. They don't look at the child's educational history. They place kids in honor and advanced classed then refuse to place the child at the proper academic level. They don't care if your child has struggled with a subject prior to entering this school. They rather allow your kid to be overwhelmed and fail over properly placing them at the right level. They promise they will work with your kid during open houses. Once your kid is in, they have no problem with setting up your child for failure. They see no correlation between a kids academic history and those placement tests they have. Unless your child is a brilliant kid don't come to this school. Theynhave zero experience dealing with add kids. They don't even seem to care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2011

Great School, great faculty and the attitude overall is great!! They prepare the students very well to enter college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2011

My son attended Columbus for 4 years and had a terrific experience. The teachers and Principal knew him as a person not a number. He's been the recipient of an education that was well rounded and good enough to get him a college scholarship. He took AP courses and was a Captain of his football team and one did not supercede the other. My son is not naturally gifted; he has to put in an effort in everything he does, but he found the encouragement to excel. The coaches worked with him because he worked with them and appreciated what was needed. After high school he has continued to garner support from his teachers and coaches and I couldn't be happier with the decision we made to send him there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

My grandsons attend this school and are reciving a fine well rounded education.


Posted August 30, 2010

From the Administration, to the teachers, to the academics, and last but not least its students this school is top notch. My two sons and several cousins have graduated from CCHS and all obtained academic scholarships to universities and have excelled in their courses of study. From a family who has experienced significant health issues, the Administration/Teachers never had to be asked, they just did and were always present in every way for my family. A school is more than just academics and sports, it must have a heart and instill that giving and empathy in its students. CCHS is that and much more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2010

CCHS is geared to build the future leaders of our community. My son has acquired in his first two years the confidence, managerial skills, and work habits that will help him become a successful professional. The academic program is tailored to the student so that no one is in over their heads. That been said, I must warn parents that if left unsupervised, the sports programs will swallow your son in. Coaches don't much care about the individual, they're geared for overall success and if your son happens to get injured during the course of getting there, so be it. These same coaches will leave no time for academics (even though they constantly deny this). If the athlete happens to be in honor roll or AP classes this situation is only compounded 10 fold. But if you keep this aspect in check, your son will excell in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2009

CCHS does very little in terms of providing for the basic needs of its students. The classes do very little to stimulate our academic and intellectual growth. I am now a senior and through my years I've gruelingly observed that an overwhelmingly amount of the teachers are sub-par, if that. I would love to attend a school where there is a real sense of tradition and where a true brotherhood among the students can be felt. The only reason why I am still here is because my parents can't afford a 'superior education' even though other private schools in the Miami-Dade area offer excellent scholarships.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2009

This school develops our minds, bodies, and our hearts. I am now a sophomore at the school and I would never want to go to another school. It is a school filled with TRADITION. My father, uncles, cousins, and brothers came here and have now gone into the work force as successful and confident men. I hope and pray that I will grow up to become like them and I feel it is essential to come to Columbus so I can achieve that. Columbus is a diverse school with a nitch for everyone. This school teaches the top students and the bottom students. I can say this because my brothers were top students and my father was a bottom student. To this day my father is a successful entrepreneur providing for a large family. And I am proud to call myself a Columbus Explorer. Adelante!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2009

CCHS is a blessing for our family. Our Son has grown and blossomed there - He went to Public School for K-8 and was bullied and often an outcast. At CCHS he has become a confident, responsible young man. The Marist Brothers are the best at relating to these boys and instilling life values that go far beyond academics. I love this school and highly recommend it for its balance between academics, sports, spiritual values and service to others. Your BOY will become a MAN at CCHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2008

By far the greatest school in the state of Florida. I've bounced around from top- 50 rated public and private schools, but no school can even begin to compete with what Columbus has to offer. The unique style of teaching at Columbus makes for always exciting and intriguing classes. Many teachers at Columbus are past Columbus students themselves, so they naturally relate to the students better than the average teacher. Even though teachers and administration are very good at what they do, I learned more about life, responsibility, and prioritizing than anything else. If I could go back to Columbus for another four years to attain a high school diploma, or go to any other school for one year, you better bet I'd be back at Columbus.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2008

I attend Columbu, class of 11'. It's a wonderful school, the teachers are funny and caring, and really do teach you a great deal of information. There there if you need help and do there job well. Overall its a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2008

columbus is just awesome...they have everything a student can need...it is a school that fits to the needs of all the students and has different clubs and sports that fit perfect for you...there isnt any teacher that wont take time to help a student...i am a diabetic freshmen who has had many problems this year with my sugar and all my teachers have been there to support me and help me out...columbus is the best school in the universe...once you come here you will never want to leave again...this is a place that should never be forgotton
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2007

Great school. i wouldnt change schools if i had the choice. the teachers are competent and can properly educate us.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2007

this school is the best thing that ever happened to me. The teachers are very experienced and the school enviorment is great!!! As a student i feel confident about my future thanks to the school and our great aministration. They have helped me achieve things that i thought would never have been possible. I look foward to my future here.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 84% 29%
White 12% 42%
Black 2% 23%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school St. Teresa Elementary School
Epiphany Elementary School
St. Kevin Elementary School
Colleges most students attend after graduation Univeristy of Florida
University of Miami
Florida International University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Security personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Italian
Russian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Top 50 Catholic High School in the U.S. - Catholic High School Honor Roll (2009)
  • Smart Showcase School - Recongition for being a leader in technology (2010)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Br. Michael Brady, Fms, Principal/br. Kevin Handibode, Fms, President
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • All boys
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (305) 559-4306

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Miami
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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Students typically come from these schools
St. Teresa Elementary School
Epiphany Elementary School
St. Kevin Elementary School

What does it cost?

Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Univeristy of Florida
Univeristy of Miami
Florida International University
College preparation / awareness offered
Summer college prep programs
College prep programs/courses during the year
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
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3000 Southwest 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33165
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Phone: (305) 223-5650

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