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Columbia Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1145 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted December 17, 2013

My daughter is a Kindergartner in this school and so far I am extremely happy with our teacher and the rest of the Kindergarten teachers. I have been a parent volunteer for class parties where I've been to each of the teachers classrooms. These teachers really care for the kids. Also my daughter does have a harder time then my older daughter when it comes to learning, however Ms. Leskody has done wonders with her and she is at grade level and is reading books by herself. She's made great strides in only the 4 months she's been there. I have not had any contact with the principal so far, so I can't say Yeah or Nay on that one yet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2013

My daughter just entered kindergarten and within two month, she was infected with lice. She has attended a daycare and preschool pretty much all her life and NEVER had a problem elsewhere. What I hear from other parents, lice infestation is a pretty common problem here at Columbia. I am grossed out. Now she has her hair in a very tight ponytail everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

Principal is gone! This school now deserves a 5 star rating Elvis has left the building lets all celebrate!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

My child has attended Columbia for 4years and has excelled at every turn. We have been blessed to have what we feel have been the best teachers in each grade so far but do not be fooled, the school has teachers that should not be in the classroom. The principal has been a total disappointment and has only cared about putting on a show for her guardian angels on the school board. Thank god she is retiring and we are getting a new principal. This school also has discipline and bullying issues. The PTA is a joke, run by a micromanager who's ego is only surpassed by that of the outgoing principal. All that said, the remaining majority of the staff truly care about the children. Look forward to the new principal and hopefully some significant changes this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2013

My children transferred in from North Carolina and i really enjoy how they were accepted. Both my children tell me they like this school better then there last school. We look forward to the first grade next year!!!!!! Really like the summer reading and homework list from the school. My daughter has already read almost every book on the list and they have only been out of school one week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2013

As an educational consultant, I was thrilled to send my child to such a beautiful school. However, it didn't take long to recognize that the administration is more concerned with putting on a 'show' for the community, than doing the work it takes to individualize learning, support teachers, and utilize the parents. If your child falls into the 'norm' of a typical child who learns easily and behaves well then the school is adequate. If your child falls into a fringe category (either a higher level thinker/gifted learner or a slower learner with any specific needs) then this is NOT the school for you. Your child will get lost in the numbers that the school is unable to handle. From my experience working in schools, I believe the teachers' have their 'hands tied' by the administration. They do not seem able to teach freely. Additionally, decisions are made that are not in the best interests of the children. The school does have many parent volunteers that the Additions program utilizes. The PTA brags about its memberships, but less than ten people ever show up for the meetings, which to me reflects poorly on the PTA officers' ability to involve its members effectively.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2012

I agree! My daugher goes there and the gifted teacher should have left teaching a long time ago. She has no business in the education industry. It's obvious she does not have a genuine interest in being there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

This school is the worst, if your child doesn't get it to bad, put you in back of class & move on! I moved just so my son wasn't in that district! If go there hope you like lice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

My son's gifted teacher at this school is HORRIBLE. Her philisophy is "if you don't get it, too bad, I'm moving on". She has no patience when students don't get it the first time and calls them out in front of the class. The only consolation is that there is an additional, new gifted teacher that actually makes the students feel like it is safe to ask questions....and actually fosters a positive learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

My child had a great teacher at Columbia this year in third grade. However the adminstration at the school I don't think is as great. Whenever I tried to talk to them to give a compliment about my child's teacher I had no luck. My child's teacher was in her first year at Columbia. My child and I loved her. She was a very great teacher. The teacher is moving, and I don't know if that was exactly her choice. I've noticed during my years at Columbia horrible teachers stay, and the great ones end up "moving". My child was very upset to see her teacher leave. I think the school needs needs a new principal to help get good teachers to stay and the horrible ones to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2011

I was concerned about Public Schools so I homeschooled my daughter the first 2 years. Then this year I sent her to a private school, but I didn't feel it was worth the $480 a month I was paying. I talked with a few parents and they told me how good Columbia was so I decided if my daughter got into the gifted program I would send her there. She made it in. The gifted teacher and program are excellent and my daughters regular teacher is great too. The school is much better than what I expected and my daughter likes it better than the private school she was in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2010

I'm not too familiar with the Parent involvement or the new Principal at Columbia, so I rather not rate those two categories quite yet until I get to know more about them. But from what I do know and from both of my son's going to school there for over 2years, I love the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

Words cannot describe my frustration with the administration (specifically the Principal). All I can say, in my opinion, not send your children to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

I'm extremely pleased with this school. My children are both excited and challenged. They have had creative and engaging teachers and the PTA is phenomenal! The principal is always visisble and ready to assist whenever needed. I am most excited with the community feeling you get when you walk in the door.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

I have two children at this school. Love it! Teachers are great. A school is what you make it. I am in constant contact via email with both my children's teachers. Kids are thriving here. I personally am an ADDITIONS volunteer who goes into the room or on field trip with parents. Principal is great too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2009

Very disappointed with principal. We need someone who is more caring about the students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

We have one child at the school. Very happy and no issues with the school at all. Wonderful teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

We have 3 children at the school and are new this year. Very disappointed in the school. Terrible teachers. I have 3 very bright children who are already falling behide by the 4th week of school from A to C's. If we were not in a 1 year lease in our home we would be gone yesterday to a better school. Teachers don't read books they pop in CD's and pass out worksheets all day long for FCAT. Principle is non motivating and never visible at the end of the day. Zero parent involvement in classrooms. No room moms or any positive support very institutional learning environment. No smiling faces. Lots of children crying and no warmth from staff. Head lice and dental checks weekly 'gross'. Its like a bad daycare center. We hoping to move our children soon or homeschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2008

Great teachers and staff. The school works with the children so they will advance. I love this school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2007

We moved from out-of-state and this is our first year at Columbia. My daughter absolutely loves her teacher and is very excited to be learning. Which I credit to her wonderful teacher. I am VERY disappointed with Extended Day. It seems as if the teachers and/or assistants of Extended Day are not at all nurturing or caring. It seems as if the children are a bother to them and they don't want to take the time to get to know them. They do not encourage activities or any type of fun in the program.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 58% in 2014.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
68%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

188 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

188 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

186 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
83%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

180 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

180 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

180 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
63%
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 81% in 2012.

180 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

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

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 58%
Hispanic 25%
Black 10%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 83%66%61%
Master's degree 17%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Orlando, FL 32820
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