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Columbia Academy

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Posted June 4, 2014

the principal there dont care all they do is suspend students and there is violence all over the school and they do nothing about it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

My child came to this school with an IEP they have completely stopped giving him special education services and in fact lied about him being in special education classes. They are provided funding, grants, and subsidies for certain special education courses yet what they're getting funded for they don't offer. They have called my children stupid the teachers curse at students and the students run around swearing and fighting my A & B child is getting F's now. If you're child has an IEP do not send them to this school. If you care about your child's education stay far away from this school as possible
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2013

My last review got deleted. But I feel that this school is seriously horrible. The principles don't care, the teachers are just mean and there's fights and gang violence all over the school. The best thing in the school is lunch, and that's even horrible. I don't recommend this school to any kid.


Posted March 22, 2013

I applaud and thank the staff and administration at Columbia Academy and Columbia Heights School District for responding to a huge influx of mixed culture students over the past 5-6 years (2006-2012). Their decision to promote and win compliance from parents to move to a uniform system, ala parochial/private schools, along with reinvigorating STEM, Arts and Music has catapulted student involvement and grades to new highs. They have brought a new cadre of educators with fresh ideas and vigor, as the Jr.high/middle school classroom environment of hormone charged youngsters has not changed. And yet many parents, who have given up their parental control to the schools, continue to chastise CH administration apparently in retaliation for the unwanted calls for parental involvement and responsibility. So, you might consider this a response to the prior review of 12/2/2011.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2011

The principal at this school is a JOKE. Changing the name of a school doesn't make it better. Changing things just to change them serves no one (except someone's job resume). They should let the teachers run this school. The teacher's dedication to the kids is evident. The principal's dedication is obviously to herself.


Posted November 28, 2010

i like this school . i had some issues w/ it last year . . but i separated myself from all of the drama , cause it was mainly one person starting all of the stuff . it was me who wrote the one by a student saying that i hated it last year , i did hate it last year . but this year i love it . i wouldn't want to go anywhere else . you just have to watch who you hang out w/ . my parents want me to switch schools . . but i don't want to at all . i think that would be ridiculous . this school has some great teachers . most of them really care about you & actually want you to learn . & the gang stuff i said was about to happen last year . . actually didn't happen . there were just a bunch of mexicans walking down the street & the cops thought something was going to happen , but nothing did . i'm doing pretty well in school now i guess you could say . . i need to try harder though & this quarter i'm going to make it happen . all of the kids at this school are good kids except for about 5 . there is no gang stuff going on at all . this is a good school in my opinion & i really wouldn't want to go anywhere else . i plan on going to the high school .


Posted October 27, 2010

The school has been improving, but I am concerned that too much effort is being put into trying to make the school sound great ( changing the name ) then just rolling up the sleeves and working at making it great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

My daughter is in 7th grade and should be a straight A student. She is too involved with her friends and drama at this school her school work done. I am very disappointed that the teachers allow friends to pair up together on projects and sit next to each other when their behavior is unsatisfactory. The teachers' should know what the students are cabable of and if they are getting a D- or not turning in their homework, they should be saying something to the students regarding their grade and also be in contact with the parents. Also, there is a lot of texing and internet bullying going on. Cell phones should not be allowed in school at all! We are definitely switching school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

good school , nothing but stuff starters ' & instagators though . there is drama every corner you turn at this school . almost everyone there is fake ' & talks about eachother behind their backs . fights happen everyday . just last week a gang fight was gonna happen after school but someone snitched to the police . there are police everywhere at this school . they have some good teachers , i dont like most of 'em though . except for ms. brown . i dont like this school at all . the school is good . but the kids that go there , horrible ,
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

The taechers are great and we have alot of free before school and after school activities. =)
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2009

This is school has brought me so many new adventures and even some that, I never would have expected to have. Im un 8th grade and I dont think I would have this much fin at any other school as I have at CMS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 1, 2009

its a great school. the teachers are all nice, i was nervous about starting middle school but this school is awesome. it has fights but nothing bad really happens.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2003

I attended this school as a student in the early 80's. I am proud to see some of the very same staff there today. The teachers are the lifeblood of this school and are very dedicated to improving diversity relations among students as well as stepping up security for all. My daughter is entering the 7th grade
—Submitted by a former student


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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 69% in 2010.

185 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

164 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
48%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2010.

175 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2012.

179 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
41%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2010.

173 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

172 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

186 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
32%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students49%
Female54%
Male43%
Black45%
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English57%
Not migrant49%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students54%
Female60%
Male47%
Black36%
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners40%
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant54%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students54%
Female53%
Male54%
Black35%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners26%
Proficient in English60%
Not migrant54%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
20%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students29%
Female29%
Male29%
Black17%
Asian21%
Hispanic22%
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities3%
Students without disabilities32%
English language learners4%
Proficient in English37%
Not migrant29%

Reading

All Students31%
Female35%
Male27%
Black22%
Asian43%
Hispanic20%
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities37%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English41%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Not migrant31%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students29%
Female29%
Male28%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities31%
English language learners12%
Proficient in English36%
Not migrant29%

Reading

All Students25%
Female26%
Male24%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities27%
English language learners4%
Proficient in English33%
Not migrant25%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students41%
Female41%
Male41%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities45%
English language learners22%
Proficient in English47%
Not migrant41%

Reading

All Students33%
Female39%
Male28%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities37%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English38%
Not migrant33%

Science

All Students25%
Female26%
Male25%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities28%
English language learners5%
Proficient in English31%
Not migrant25%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 34% 9%
White 29% 73%
Hispanic 26% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 2%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mary Bussman
Fax number
  • (763) 528-4707

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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900 49th Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
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