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Christopher Columbus High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 749 students

 

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Posted October 7, 2013

i attended the college now program and alot of ap courses but i feel as if your not enrolled in the mentioned course which applies to a lot of the students when i attended then you just get passed thru from grade to grade until your out and your the citys problem. Teachers often times couldnt manage their own classes and many times they ignored students until the end of the semester or resorted kicking them out completely. I didnt do any extra cirricular because i wasnt interested but it does offer many options to my friends who utilized it but only a few can say that it lead to something better. the security is invasive and insulting at times but that is rooted in the many fights and hostile atmosphere between races and groups of students. I didnt hate this school but i didnt boast either.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 15, 2009

This school is amazing it has everything activities great academics amazing faculty and students that will truly become your friends for life
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

This school for me is one of the best schools in the bronx. I am currently a senior and i love my school, the faculty makes me feel welcomed and at home, someone is always available to help you. They offer a great variety of extracurricular activities and their academics are great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2009

I was graduated from this school in 2007 and I am now in my second year of college, City College. Regarding to the person who said the school did not prepare him/her for college works, I think it really is not a truth... What I mean is it all depends on yourself, if you don't help urself in high school, nobody can help you. I think CCHS is pretty good, I took pre-cal, and some AP classes there, and I got 4's, where 5 is the highest. Faculty there are very very nice and helpful, and I had never been feeling unsafe in the school!! Love this school so much!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2008

Great sports and extracurricular activities the safety is excelllent and the kids have adults they can trust for any teen issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

At first I was upset that my child was accepted into Columbus. I wanted him to attend a small school, but now that he is in his second year at Columbus I must say I was misguided by its prior reputation. The Principal is fantastic with the children and the parents. My son is now being introduce to what he/she has to do in order to prepare for college and complete high school. I love the Academy set up they have at Columbus. It almost feels like a small school in a big school for my son and I. Keep up the good work Columbus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2006

I feel like the school can be a bit better, but if you have decent children then it is not to hard to adapt to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2005

If i had my way Columbus HS would be closed. It is a bad school. The academics are despicable. Most programs are unavailable! Do not send i child to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2004

I graduated from Columbus High School in June of 2003, and I am now a freshman in college. Columbus did not do a great job in preparing me for college. What is review for most students is brand new to me. In certain math classes we were not allowed to have a graphic calculator, which is needed through out college. The classes are over booked and most teachers don't care. Avoid the school if you can.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

Columbus is a great school that gets a poor reputation. The new principal is a graduate and she has been very helpful to students. Columbus offers a lot of AP classes, and has great sports teams. The football and boys basketball teams are great! The football team sends a lot of kids to college! The school has a bad reputation because they don't hide things that go on. But, kids go to Ivy league schools from Columbus every year. Most of the teachers are excellent. The bottom line is that if a student works hard, like my kids, they will do well. The kids that don't do well choose not to. I wouldn't send my kids to any other school in the Bronx. Two have already graduated from Columbus and are attending very good schools (Vermont and Wisconsin), and a third is in school. Get involved in the sports and you will be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2003

Many famous persons were students and teachers at this school. The Actor John McGiver was my English teacher. Ann Bankcroft ( Italiano) was a student. As for myself the foundations of my personality and understanding of my life were formed here. Many of us students were children of imigrants from various cultures of Europe. We learned at Columbus to understand our differences. This set the foundation for us to strive toward a better world. 'This is what I remember'
—Submitted by a former student


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About these ratings

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.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
35%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
34%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
24%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
51%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

6 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
32%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
27%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
42%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
39%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

69 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
34%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students24%
Female30%
Male20%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population24%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant24%

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Earth Science

All Students13%
Female29%
Male6%
African American13%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White10%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities0%
General population17%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English18%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant13%

English

All Students40%
Female47%
Male33%
African American59%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities15%
General population42%
English language learners11%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%

Geometry

All Students15%
Female16%
Male14%
African American21%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English17%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant15%

Global History and Geography

All Students38%
Female40%
Male36%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population39%
English language learners12%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant38%

Integrated Algebra

All Students52%
Female53%
Male50%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners45%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%

Living Environment

All Students36%
Female36%
Male36%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population37%
English language learners20%
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant36%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students45%
Female46%
Male44%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities11%
General population48%
English language learners21%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "D" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 2 47% 23%
Black 1 35% 19%
White 1 12% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 6% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 119%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 276%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 64%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 2%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 300 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
6.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
7.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.1
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
7.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents165%
Students25976%
Teachers2578%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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925 Astor Ave
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