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Columbia High School

Public | 9-12 | 1288 students

 

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Posted April 28, 2014

This is a very supportive school. Teachers and Administrators are always available to support the students and ensure the success of students that really want to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

If you want a middle school then I would recommend you go to this school...if you want a high school then avoid this school. The students are hardly under control and the atmosphere filled with attitude. It feels like a jail. I've never been in trouble but I've seen the teachers and staff watch the students with caution. Most students don't know that they're missing out on a great education in other schools because they aren't properly informed but I've come from a school with great academics. The only reason I'm here is because it was the closest school to where we moved. The things I did in middle school are the things they're doing now in this "high school" if it's even worthy of that title.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2013

I truly love being a part of the Columbia community of learning. The teachers are always available and supportive; the new principal is always involved in all functions and day -to-day activities; and the counselors are always available. When you walk in the school you are always greeted with a smile. My daughter transfered from a much larger school; and the transfer has gone great, she is in the Magnent program taking all AP and accelerated classes; and she is excelling. I think it is really because of the smaller class size. and the teachers really push her to take the difficult classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2011

When you enter high school, all of the babying halts and the true character of your willingness and self motivation takes control. That is the virtue I presume Columbia High is promoting. They will not hold your hand, nor will they continue to ride you to get YOUR work done, or bring YOUR books to class. Trust me. At every school there are students who were forced in and don't care about the mischief they cause at school. Therefore, just like every other institution, Columbia offers excellence, and prosperity, but it is a personal decision whether or not you run with it. GO EAGLES!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2011

TRUTH IS THIS IS THE WORSE SCHOOL EVER... THE TEACHERS ARE NOT TRYING TO CHALLENGE THE STUDENTS AT ALL.. THEY REALLY DOESNT CARE WHAT YOU DO OR SAY.. BUT IM GLAD I HAVE TRANSFERED THIS YEAR.. I WOULDNT RECOMMEND ANY STUDENTS TO GO HERE IF YOUR TRYING TO SUCCEED IN LIFE...
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2011

Unfortunately due to things beyond our control my son enrolled At Columbia High 3 weeks before school was ending. my son is only in the 9th grade and is gifted. Columbia did not have an equivalent math for him to take(because they don't have a class that high) so they opted to not have him take a math class at all. So since he effectively did not finish the class at his previous school and Columbia doesn't have it. He will not receive credit. Also my son observes alot of fighting and other discipline issues , just far too many to list, on a daily basis. A school that decides not to enroll a student in a core academic class is not a decent scool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

Columbia is a very great school. I was in the magnet program snd now i go to spelman college!! I did great on my sats and also made lots of friendships, you have to do certain things like activities and magnet programs to excell at columbia high!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2009

The truth is, its not the worst school in the world, but if you want to succeed, youll ahve to give it extra effort. I went there for the first half of my freshman year and transffered out for a couple of reasons. I was in the magnet program, and expected to be challenged, but my expectations fell way short. Most of the staff really doesn't care, and are there just to get a paycheck. The student enviorment is enjoyable enough, no more or less than what you make it; though the kids do all seem to blend in and are a bit more rowdy. Its a below average school, so i wouldn't voluntarily go here, but if you have no other options, well....its not SO bad, right?
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2008

I am a former senior class president, I graduated top 10%, I transfered to CHS at the end of my senior year from a very strong academic school. Columbia could no doubt be a much better school than it is, but it is not deserving of much of the criticism that it receives. The faculty and students i believe for the most part are doing the best that they can with the limited resources that they are given. At the same time I cannot over look that there are a number of lazy teachers that their that are only looking for a stable job. The number of faculty at CHS that genuinely care and want to see you succeed out weigh the number of those that do not feel the same. Overall I would not trade in my years at Columbia because there are truly magnificent faculty members and students here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2007

I also disagree with the ratings that the school has been given by irrate parents. I graduated from Columbia in 2005 which was the 1st full year Dr.Glanton was principal. He was a change that the school drastically needed. He was strict about following the school rules which is exactly what pricipal should be because the principal before him could careless about the school. Our senior class had some of the highest test scores in which our school hadn't seen in years. Also most of our teachers did care about how we did in class, the main problem at the school were students who only cared about friends,how to make money,popularity,fighting and being 'hood' Overall the school had a pretty good magnet program and academics.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 17, 2007

I'm a math teacher at CHS, not a parent, but I feel like a parent. We have so many smart, wonderful, and loving students! CHS has been my home for 20 years. I've seen its ups amd downs. What most people don't seem to realize is that 95% of our students are just all-round great kids. Also, I think that the vast majority of the faculty and staff care so much about our students! I hate for this school year to end, because saying goodby to my seniors will be so hard. For me, CHS really is family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 3, 2007

The rating for this school is off by a long shot. Dr. Glaton have been what this school needed for years. I have two kids that have went to Columbia, one was Valedictorian and the youngest is an Honor Graduate. Dr Glaton came the year my youngest started at Columbia, and the change in the staff and school is awesome. These Teacher work hard to make sure our kids get what they need and Dr Glaton is there to make sure they have what they need. So time a leader must do what it takes to push both student and teacher. The only problem Columbia have is 'Parents' not being their for their kids nor the school. They have one of the best after school programs in Dekalb County. How many high school you know to the time to have Saturday school to help the kids. 'Great Job'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2007

Columbia High school could be a better school. I truley beleive that if the principal would support the teachers with their desicions and not riticule them Columbia would excel. As far as, discipline goes, yes he is the one to go to, but that's only if you agree with his desicion. If you don't agree and have questions or challenge him, he brushes you off. Overall, I think that Columbia High needs to be upgraded (not the facility, the principal and a few of the teachers).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2007

I totally disagree with the negative comments, on the board. Columbia is a great school, one with opportunity and challenges just as any other school, but what the responders fail to remember is it takes a village to equip every school with excellence. Everyone of my sisters and brothers graduated from Columbia HS and are achievers. My hat is off to Dr. Glanton, he is what the students need a disciplinarian, many of the students are raising the parents, and just because when they enter 'his house' they run home complaining and I can say this because my son does that exact thing, and I am aware it is because he dislikes authority. I say GREAT JOB Dr. Glanton, I for one stand behind your style 100%. Keep it up, and to the complainers- move on and make room for those who want to learn and not flex!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2007

I think this school is old and need to be renovated. But it is not the school I have the problem with, it is the school's faculty. The teachers are inconsiderate of each child's learning ability and unwilling to push the students to achieve. Curriculum needs to be updated to match the states testing requirements. Students don't have a fair advantage because of this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2006

Very dissatisfied with this school. I have observed the principal being openly hostile toward teachers. His lack of communication is a huge problem. My child is an average student (mostly B). She is smart and observant and has had great teachers, but the teachers are often held back or not given the materials they need, even though this school has the ability to provide it. Hello - teachers in the portables do not have computers!. Why can't the school give those teachers computers? Isn't that a basic need in the 21st century? The students also don't get basic things like dances. No homecoming dance, nothing. No opportunities for the kids to do what they are supposed to do in high school. Forget trying to speak to the principal about this stuff because he will not listen to a parent. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

Columbias problem is it's principle, Mr. Glanton. Teachers leave this school each year since he come on as principel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2006

I am a student that transfered here from another district.And I am currently enrolled at this horrible school. The students here are't being taught much of anything and are educationally behind other schools.Teachers here are lazy and in many instancs dont teach the extent of the material.Parental involvement is at a minimum and music,arts and sports activities are not up to date,with little funding. My advice to any parents considering enrolling there child in this school: do not! If you care about your childs future, nurture them in an enviroment where there will learn,that is a school outside of southern Dekalb county.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2005

I graduated from this highschool in 2002 and currently my younger sister is a senior at this horrible school. The teachers at this school do not care about the education of their students. The teachers do not prepare the students for college, which I and others learned after graduating from this school. The text books are outdated and the students are not being challenged, but made lazy. Further, the students do not learn at the same pace or level that other public highschool students do. The majority of the teachers place little if any effort at all into their lesson plans and thoughtless efforts are placed into their teaching curriculum and style. They are obviously there to recieve a pay check and could care less about the future of their students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2004

This school is a safe and good enviromental school where the best education is offered to students from teachers.
—Submitted by a student


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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

251 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

248 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

250 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
82%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

251 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
79%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
61%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
35%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
61%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
50%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
30%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
61%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
48%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 97% 37%
Hispanic 1% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
White 0% 44%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Uras Agee
Fax number
  • (678) 874-0810

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
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2106 Columbia Dr
Decatur, GA 30032
Phone: (678) 874-0802

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