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Columbia High School

Public | 9-12 | 1482 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted July 4, 2013

It is interesting to note that, in the school comparisons, the students rated Columbia below Rensselaer, but in every category of Regents test scores, Columbia far outshines Rensselaer
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2012

I graduated from CHS, got into a top 10 university, went on for more schooling, make a great deal of money, and continue the healthy lifestyle fostered by the athletics programs at CHS. Perhaps those with complaints should have tried a bit harder.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2012

Some of Columbia's most prominent flaws are issues with drugs and fights on campus (there have been MANY ineffective anti-bullying assemblies), hallways that are ridiculously crowded and narrow, and an overall lack of motivation of the students. If you are not involved in sports, this is probably not the school for you - that is their main focus here. Generally the teachers are great and helpful both during and outside of school, but the small amount of dedicated students sometimes fall behind due to the other, less inspired students who cause the teachers to have to stop during their lessons to reprimand. The classes are decent, and the school does offer a fair amount of extra curriculars. The sports programs are great, which is where the majority of the budget goes, and the music and theater department is good as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2010

while there are large classes, small hallways and some terrible teacher i have to admit that they do have some amazingly kind and devoted teachers and some really interesting electives and classes when the teahers allow for the environment to be plesant
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2008

I am a long time resident of the East Greenbush School District, I and my siblings all graduated from Columbia & both my daughters attended the school. I must say since I left Columbia & the time my daughters entered the administration has gone downhill! There are more school 'monitors' and 'enforcers' for the principal than I have ever seen! Even the teachers are afraid! You want to cut taxes - get rid of those people & the principal and let the true educators take charge!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

I'm surprised at some of the negative comments. My daughter graduated in June with an Advanced Regents diploma and began college with transferable college level credits she earned before she left high school. She was well prepared for both college and the workforce and she's doing both successfully due to the awesome educators at Columbia. In four years, and many teachers, I have NEVER not received a response! I have had very positive experiences, my daughter loved going there every day and got a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2008

My child is entering his 3rd year in columbis starting tomorrow. He doesnt have the best things to say about the school, its teachers or it administrators. When i tried to contact teachers i would never get calls back or if by ria email i would never recieve a email back. They do nothing to further the education of there kids, b/c they are put into a enviornment that is not healthy for them. The teachers are not good at their jobs and arent availabe as much as they should be for the amount of taxes we pay. The hallways are half the size of the hallways of schools in nearby areas. My child is not at all excited to be going back tomorrow and at one time he liked school. Since going to columbia he has not. He still has the same friends, and is still smart and popular.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2007

The school is way to small for the amount of students. Teachers show no enthusiasm in the students and teaching them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2007

There is too much focus on testing and a lack of respect for the individual student. Teachers seem to be overwhelmed and show little interest in helping students. There is a lack of confidentiality and an abundance of discriminary and prejudicial attitudes. I am happy to say my children will be attending another school in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2005

The school was just redone and it is still to small for the amount of kids they have. Some of the clases have over 30 kids per teacher.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%
Earth Science

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

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

51 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%
Global History and Geography

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

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%
Integrated Algebra

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

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%
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.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

161 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
U.S. History and Government

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

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%
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 Students93%
Female93%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant93%

Chemistry

All Students92%
Female90%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrantn/a

Earth Science

All Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial63%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities67%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

English

All Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
African American70%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities90%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%

Global History and Geography

All Students88%
Female85%
Male92%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities70%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Integrated Algebra

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
African American90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities95%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Living Environment

All Students92%
Female89%
Male97%
African American80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities78%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Physics

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%

U.S. History and Government

All Students98%
Female97%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial101%
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities90%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 88% 48%
Hispanic 2 4% 23%
Black 1 3% 19%
Two or more races 1 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 217%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 15%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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962 Luther Rd
East Greenbush, NY 12061
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