Students enrolled 1145
Hours no info
School leader MR. MATTHEW PRITTS
Transportation options no info
District Orange County School District
Preschool capacity no info
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18501 Cypress Lake Glen Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32820

(407) 568-2921
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4 stars
Based on 37 ratings

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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
November 07, 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
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
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
June 09, 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
February 01, 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
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
August 01, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2009
Very disappointed with principal. We need someone who is more caring about the students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
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
November 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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
August 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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
October 03, 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
no rating July 15, 2007
we`are buying a home in bithlo and our 2 kids are going to be part of this school`s students.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2006
As a proud parent of two daughters who attend Columbia Elementary, one going to second and the other going to first, I say congratulations to the entire staff for a job well done.My girls are happy and they love their school.The motivation and commitment my girls received from their kindergarten and first grade teacher this past year was awesome. A peice of advise to fellow parents, send your kids to school, sign their planners, motivate your children to read, and maintain contact with their teachers and you will see a difference. As a parent, assume some repsonsibility for your children. Don't expect school to teach your child all about life, hopefully you spend more time with them than the school does so pitch in. Hopefully, once they relocate there will be more time and space for activities.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
The academic program is good, my son has learned a lot. Parent involovement is good. The system to drop off kids and pick them up is horrible, ineffective, and unsafe!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
My children attend Columbia and LOVE going to school! Their teachers this year are wonderful and the after school care staff are great too! The new principle is very involved and so is the assistant principle. There does need to be more parent involvement but that is not the schools fault they promote more parents to join in.... The parents choose not to! Also in response to the parent that made the comment about the kids on the free lunch program.. Do you think these children are valued less in GOD'S eyes because of their Parent's financail situation? You should be ashamed of yourself! I hope you never fall into hard times. GO COLUMBIA:)

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2005
great school, wonderful teachers, great learning environment...but school is a bit older. My child went there from K-5 and he loved every day of it

- submitted by a student
July 12, 2005
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July 04, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
June 08, 2005
Columbia is a great school! My 1st grader has learned so much from her teacher. I have found the school to be safe, clean and have a great learning envirnment.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2005
Before we moved from out of state, we researched the area schools. We chose a very nice upper middleclass subdivision zoned for an 'A' school. We did not notice on the report that over 50% of Columbia's students are on the free lunch program. The school building looks run-down and needs a lot of work. Much of the area zoned for this school is rural and impoverished. This past year, the school dropped to a 'B' school. We liked our daughter's teacher last year, but aren't happy with her current teacher. The new principal seems very nice, but has only been here for five months.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
Poor parent involvement. Unclean. Hygiene is an issue. Huge discipline problems. Bully Prevention Program in place. Many staff have poor social skills. New principal--unavailable.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
My son is no longer there at Columbia, and I am glad. When asking them about volunteering, they were rude and discouraging. I have spoken to other parents, which had the same experience. The whole feeling or morale was not positive. If it were not for the office ladies, the Principal Ms. Jackson, Mrs. Meadows and Mrs. Bragg, I would have complained. I hope they get their act together soon, our children depend on it.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating February 19, 2005
this is a small but warm and close knit school. they are trying to meet the needs of various ethnicities.they are good teachers that are committed.they have a good staff overall. we are pleased with the school. every school needs parent involement. volunteer.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2004
I think it is a great school. ny niece and nephews went there and now my daughter is there and doing great..

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2004
My children have been going there for 4 years now.I have found that it is getting better than it was when they first started,but i think a few of the teachers need to retire or find another occupation because they have little patience for the children. My son has come home to tell me of his teacher saying shut your mouth which is not approiate in my eyes.As far as the reading programs they have i liked them they worked for my kids.The math programs were not as successful my daughter is entering 6th with 4th grade knowledge.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2004
Columbia has a wonderful staff, from Principal, Teachers, Office Staff and Custodians. It is very easy to get in contact with any staff and they are there to make sure that you as the parent and them as the educators are on the same page for your child's education. I was surprised by the 'B' this year for they are definitly an 'A'. There is alot more parental involvement with new neighborhoods opening up. That's what it is all about, parents, children, and educators, with that how can our children not succeed.

- submitted by a parent
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Columbia Elementary School
18501 Cypress Lake Glen Boulevard, Orlando, FL  32820
(407) 568-2921
Last modified Columbia Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Columbia Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews.