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Columbia Sr High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1858 students

 

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Posted July 31, 2005

CHS is a wonderful comprehensive high school. The students are very diligent workers and sports programs are very well run.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 13, 2005

Columbia High School has two high schools in one. The economic spectrum to which its students are drawn from has an extreme gap. The students are either upper middle class or the lower tear of middle class, but the two seem to coincide in harmony with very little clashing issues. The upper levels of Columbia earn CHS its prestige. There were graduates who went on to each Ivy League school in '05, and at least seven '05 graduates went to Cornell. The percentage of students going onto a 4-year college is very high, but again because of the upper levels. In the lower levels, there is a lack of discipline. This isn't the teacher s fault, but the students; they don't want to learn. The athletic department is incredible and there are a lot of clubs for the students. If a student WANTS to, they could do very well here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2005

As a student at Cloumbia High School, I think that the school is out of control. The secruity guards are a little too freindly which many of the students can get away with anything. The pricipal Ms Pollack talks about how she cares but yet does nothing to help solve the problem. Kids are in the hallways fighting everyday and all the guards just do is stand there and watch until the principal shows up and that it when they show action. But other than that i think it has a very good educational system. It may not a good enviorment but it has the greatest teachers that you cant find that do care for the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2005

Being a teacher in this school for the last ten years, I can honestly say that the once prestigious reputation that Columbia had in the past, is in the past. The administration of Columbia and the district try to cover-up the reality of what the school has truly become. The hallways are constantly filled with students and the students are increasingly disrespectful. Discipline has virtually become non-existent in this school. Ask any teacher or student if there are consequences for their actions, and there answer will be no. The school is becoming increasingly difficult to teach in, I would think twice before sending my child here for their education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 31, 2004

Columbia High School is an old, esteemed and now diverse institution. Its enrollment now includes a significant number of accomplished African American students, including a Rhodes Scholar. Students can avail themselves of a broad array of Honors Courses in Sciences, Mathematics, English, foreign Languages and History, often scoring highly in the corresponding SAT II s. Columbia s graduates enroll in all leading Ivy, Private and Public National Universities. Its graduates have gone on to successful careers in education, law, science, health care and the performing arts. Graduates have captured Oscar, Emmy and Grammy nominations. My daughters graduated (2002, 2001 and 1997) Columbia High School subsequently matriculating ed to Franklin & Marshall, Rutgers and Maryland, respectively. Each demonstrated different academic interests and accomplishments. Two pursued degrees in Education and one in Performing Arts. Columbia prepared each of them with the academic and social skills necessary to succeed in college and career.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 92% in 2013.

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA 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. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students97%
Female99%
Male94%
Black95%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education79%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant97%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students85%
Female88%
Male83%
Black76%
Asian95%
Hispanic82%
Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education48%
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant85%
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 High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA 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. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. 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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Students63%
Female65%
Male60%
Black41%
Asian86%
Hispanic44%
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special educationn/a
General education69%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant63%
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 Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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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How schools in the state rate:

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48%
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26%
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SAT participation

95%

SAT college ready

54%

Graduation rate

90%


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 composite SAT scores, ACT/SAT participation, and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 52% 16%
White 38% 51%
Hispanic 5% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 9%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 24%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Maplewood, NJ 07040
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