We have had a good experience with Columbia Academy with 2 of our kids so far. We love the uniforms and the ability to check grades and help hold our kids accountable to their school work. The new principal and school-board members are making great efforts to improve the middle school's - as well as the rest of the district's- image. They are focusing on career and college ready students and it's exciting to see it start to pay off!
This school is a joke! My son was a A student and now is an F student. The teachers don't call to inform you of what is going on with your child and when you try to call the teachers or any of the staff, they with don't call you back or wait 2-3 days to return your call. I dot recommend this school or the district for that matter. I have younger children at north park, that school is even worse!!!
the principal there dont care all they do is suspend students. my daughter has was having issues with getting to class on time and all the did was susupend her. she was out of school for the last 2 weeks because she was told to not come back.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.