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Christopher Columbus Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 650 students

 

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Posted November 3, 2012

i wouldnt even give them one star they are a terrible school in a good area of the city
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2008

I currently have a 4th grader attending this elementary and couldn't be happier with her progress. She has been molded by wonderful teachers and caring staff into a Junior Honor Society member who continues to excell with each grade she enters into. I couldn't possibly touch upon all the amenities Columbus has to offer our children...between the Rotarians and the Audubon Society and all their generosity..to the after school program that helps our working parents...to the music programs...extra tutoring...I could go on and on!! My only complaint at this point would have to be the heart felt loss of Principal Kunkel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

Columbus School has many beneficial programs for the students including the LFS (Learning Focused School) program. Columbus is the only school in the Utica District that follows the LFS program. They also offer a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention Service), Utica Rotarians that are assigned to a classrooms and read to the students each week, they deliver free dictionaries for 4th and 5th grade students each year, they donate coats, hats and gloves for the winter months, and they have donated time and money in the Courtyard. The Courtyard is one of kind and only at Columbus School. It encompasses growing herbs, vegetables, plants, and flowers. There is a weather station that is also accessible online, a pond, and a planetarium still in progress. Columbus also offers Art, Music, Choir, Instrumental, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Science Club, Technology Club, Basketball, Track, Boys & Girls Club afterschool program and Tutoring.
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Posted May 17, 2007

I am completely disappointed in this school. My 5 yr old started here and I have never been asked to meet with the teacher to discuss his academic progress. I am not notified of assemblies, concerts, etc...until after they happen and my son wonders why I was not there. He is 1 of 27 other children and this is demonstrated by the lack of attention he receives and lack of communication with parents. We will be moving out of this school district for the 2007 school year.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
40%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
28%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students10%
Female6%
Male13%
African American10%
Asian/Pacific Islander8%
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White8%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population11%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English11%
Non-migrant10%

Math

All Students17%
Female8%
Male25%
African American14%
Asian/Pacific Islander16%
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White12%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities8%
General population20%
English language learners8%
Proficient in English20%
Non-migrant17%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on 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

English Language Arts

All Students11%
Female15%
Male8%
African American0%
Asian/Pacific Islander11%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White15%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities0%
General population13%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English13%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant11%

Math

All Students17%
Female19%
Male15%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander31%
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White15%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities0%
General population20%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English20%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant17%

Science

All Students86%
Female91%
Male82%
African American71%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities62%
General population91%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on 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

English Language Arts

All Students15%
Female16%
Male14%
African American8%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White17%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities0%
General population18%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English17%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant15%

Math

All Students9%
Female10%
Male8%
African American4%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White7%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disabilities0%
General population10%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English10%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant9%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on 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

English Language Arts

All Students11%
Female16%
Male8%
African American10%
Asian/Pacific Islander14%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White12%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities0%
General population13%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English12%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant11%

Math

All Students15%
Female24%
Male10%
African American6%
Asian/Pacific Islander17%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population18%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English17%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant15%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on 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 1 38% 48%
Black 2 26% 19%
Hispanic 1 18% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 15% 9%
Two or more races 2 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 19%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/A43%
Source: 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 44%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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934 Armory Dr
Utica, NY 13501
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