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Columbus Elementary School

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Posted January 27, 2014

The Columbus School is excellent. My daughter has been there for almost three years and I am excited for my son to start Kindergarten next year. The building is new (10 years old) and is a great facility. The teachers, staff, and leadership are all top-notch. It's a wonderful community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2013

I am extremely pleased to send my children to the Columbus Elementary school. Both principals my child has had have been warm and caring. Both my children have had amazing teachers who always went above and beyond what they were had to do for my children. The events that are planned are always wonderful. The only thing I would change is the low parent involvement. I always see the same faces at events. I wish more parents would volunteer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

The Columbus is a diverse place with kids from all income levels and various ethnicities. The families and teaching staff have one thing in common - they care deeply about the kids. This is most visible at the two school concerts, which are standing room only. The school also has a new Principal, starting her second year and a new full-time Assistant Principal. Both women have a great deal of energy, enthusiasm and love for their job and the children in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

The Columbus school has been a great place for my child to learn. Principal, teachers and PTO (Mrs. Roberto, the nurse too!) do their best to give all children education and a very friendly environment. In addition, the free breakfast program (pilot) is an awesome way to start the day for all children,but especially from families with low economic resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2013

We were redistricted and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. My children are flourishing at Columbus. They love all of their teachers. We are yet to have a bad experience there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

It's a special place! Everyone is pleasant. This includes administrators, staff and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

I am the school nurse and I see first hand how great all of the Columbus staff, parents, and students are. Not only are they focused on the academics but basic values, social skills and school spirit. It's all about the whole student and family. Of course, health plays a huge part in all of this and the nurses are wonderful too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

Columbus is more like a family & a community. The parents really pull together to make things happen for the kids at this school. The staff is phenomenal. And the Principal & Vice Principal make it a point to know each and every child. Great efforts are made by all at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

The staff is the best in the city. We are like a castle in the sky.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 21, 2009

Great teachers and a great principal, what more could you want? Oh ya, more state and federal funding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

Columbus School is the best school in Massachusetts because we have fabulous and caring children, supportive and loving families and a very dedicated staff
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 21, 2009

We have an enthusiastic, diverse group of students who try their hardestevery day. The parents are very supportive of the school. The administration works well with faculty, students, and families to make a caring learning community for all.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 8, 2009

The staff is great. Everyone is so friendly and supportive, in and out of school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2009

Mrs Yaeger is most friendly and caring. She welcomes all the students by there names. Always at the drop off area. Feel very secure.


Posted October 3, 2009

The Columbus has a wonderful community made up of a richly diverse student population, involved parents, and a wonderful staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

Our son is in 1st Grade at the Columbus and he loves it. His teacher is wonderful and he it totally engaged in school life and afterschool clubs. They do a great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

My children are entering 3rd and 1st grade at the Columbus. Since Kindergarten we have only had positive experiences. The faculty is wonderful and we couldn't ask for a better school for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

We are thrilled with the Columbus School. Our son's kindergarten teacher is excellent. The principal and assistant principal are very engaged. The curriculum is great and the extra curricular activities are wonderful as well. We were a little worried about the Medford Schools, but we couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2006

This is a wonderful school. We will miss Mrs. Barry who retired this past year but we welcome Mrs Yaegar and hope she can fill Mrs Barry's shoes. Clean and brand new this school has wonderful teachers and the kids are treated with respect. No complaints at all!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 57% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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38%

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39%

2011

 
 
55%

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52%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

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35%

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54%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 53% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
52%

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34%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
57%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students38%
Female40%
Male36%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Title I5%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learners8%

Math

All Students46%
Female45%
Male47%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Title I21%
Students with disabilities5%
English language learners17%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students38%
Female49%
Male26%
African American10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Title I12%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students32%
Female32%
Male33%
African American10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Title I12%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students67%
Female84%
Male46%
African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students53%
Female55%
Male50%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female65%
Male61%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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50%
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26%
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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 67%
Black 20% 8%
Hispanic 16% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (781) 393-2187

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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