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Columbus Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 9 students

 

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Posted April 25, 2014

If your child has any learning or behavioral issues, do not expect to get help for them at this school. I've been shocked by the lack of positive behavioral approaches and the reliance on punishment. In my opinion they are not in compliance with State mandates on Child Find and and positive discipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2014

This school has changed so much over the past couple years. I am a former P.T.O. member and the reasoning for me being a former member is that the slogan they are suppose to follow by is by the kids for the kids well thats now how they do things they are about themselves its like a popularity contest.The teachers are not the same either some not all have forgotten what teaching is all about its not just a pay check !!!! The now have security in the building as well which is suppose to prevent people from being in the building and when i had to pick up my child there were a few P.T.O. members in the general office matters like that should be handled after the kids are gone or prior to them coming in .Parents,family members please be aware of all the things going on in this school before you dedicate your time and efforts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Columbus school I feel is one of the better elementary schools in lodi. they do so much for our kids and their academic curricular is very good. my kids have learned so much ,and they are so happy with Columbus school and feel so safe to learn there.. The principal, and the teachers do everything they can to get our children ready for the upcoming years . The PTO as well does a lot for the school and children, with after school activities and fund raising for the school. I would not change anything about Columbus School, my kids wouldn't be happier any where else..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Columbus Elementary School is one of the best schools in Lodi. Both my kids went there and they loved it and learned so much being there. The principal, the teachers and the parents of the PTO do so much for the children and the school. I would not choose any other elementary school better then Columbus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

My kids went there and I must say, very good school system. academically, and politically speaking, the principal and the staff in this school work very hard with the children and give them the help they need in whatever subject it is. I like that the PTO does a lot of fundraising and everyone helps out with the school functions and any activities they have for the children. It is a very safe enviroment to learn at. my kids were very happy at Columbus Elementary and there isn't anything bad i could say about this school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

They do not give support to students that need it, The teach it and explain it about 2 times and if the students gets or doesn't they move on. They do not take the time to work with the students that need that extra help. This school is to busy worrying about getting good scores from the state and not focusing on the students. Lodi schools have very little after school programs for working parents. The only one available is the boys and girls club which is expensive for single parents. They do not offer tutoring for kids and don't provide assistance. It would be nice to have some of the teachers graded because not all of them take the time or show concern of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

My kids go to school there. The teachers do not help the PTA at all. We are there to help the kids and they don't care, except a few. My daughter raves about the ESL teacher - met her and now I know why! But Never see the other teachers whatsoever
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2009

2 of my kids go there and I think is a great school it needs more parent participation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

I have a first grader attending Columbus and we've been very pleased with the academic program and feel the staff, teachers, principal are involved and care. The recent fund-raising carnival was a wonderful event enjoyed by many. THANK YOU, your hard work does not go un-noticed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2009

My son goes there and the principal and ESL teacher are the best! They are very caring and always willing to hlep my son. Thank you to both of them
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2008

Very good school. Teachers teach well. Principal is the BEST. He is very kind and caring. I am proud to say that my child attends Columbus School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2007

I think Columbus school teachers and the principal really care for all student who attend. I feel safe knowing that cameras are everywhere. I also think that the students really learn a lot. I am proud to say that my child attend Columbus
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

I think columbus school was a much better school before the new principal came along. He is new and unaware of how to interact with kids. They care more about the esl program than the gifted and talented program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

I have both a 1st grader and a 2nd grader in this school (2006). Their academic program is good, I've actually found that they are doing a little bit more 'advanced' school work than some friends children in another school district. The only thing I'm not crazy about is that there is very little extracurricular activities available (at least to my knowledge). The parents here are VERY involved in all aspects of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 66% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 59% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 61% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students69%
Female70%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Special educationn/a
General education81%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant69%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students69%
Female70%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Special educationn/a
General education75%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant69%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey 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: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students67%
Female76%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
White50%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Special educationn/a
General education71%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant67%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students80%
Female71%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
White83%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Special educationn/a
General education83%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant80%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students92%
Female95%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
White100%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education97%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant92%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey 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: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students75%
Female82%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant75%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students98%
Female94%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged97%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
General education100%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant98%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey 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: New Jersey Department of Education

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 44% 22%
White 34% 51%
Black 11% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 0%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Vincent Dichiara

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370 Westervelt Place
Lodi, NJ 07644
Phone: (973) 478-0514

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