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