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.
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.
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!!!
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...
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.
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!!
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?
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.
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.