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Columbus Elementary School

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Posted August 14, 2013

HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. The school did nothing to educate my child. Overcrowded classrooms, split teaching styles, just didn't work. We ended up pulling out child out of the school in the middle of the year because he/she wasn't learning anything. The principal is not concerned, nor does she do anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2013

My son attends Columbus Elementary. At the end of last year, he started having a hard time going to school. He became very nervous and afraid to go. We weren't sure what was going on, but his teacher and the principle were VERY helpful and kind. They took my son under their wings and went above and beyond to help him out. I was very impressed and thankful. I think this school is great. There's a lot of caring teachers and admin's and they do great with what and how they teach the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

Teachers are great but the principle has a few screws loose. Mr.Svec is my daughters 5th grade teacher and we couldn't be happier with him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

my son has special physical needs and the school goes above and beyond their requirements to see that my son gets what he needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

Awesome teachers and staff, great kids, fabulous principal. Everyone working their hardest to help our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

because it has the best teachers and my daughter feels at home there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Everyone is so helpful and willing to help our children. The teachers go the extra mile and have great passion for teaching. They are so many great programs and opportunties for the kids to be in. I really really love our school and am grateful that my kids go to such a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2009

This school is on the way up. We've had a change of leadership in the past year with a Principal who is animated, caring and expects the best from every student. The PTA works hard to provide funding for all the necessary school field trips and supplies for the teachers and also fits in some neat programs like the 1 Book, 2 Book, Old Book, New Book used book sale. They've been doing this for four years now and every year each student gets a free book-before the sale even opens. New playground equipment is being installed this summer-after much fundraising over the past 5 years-and the PTA is paying for it all. The teachers are great and I hope this year will not prove to be too stressful with all the cuts to staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

My kids have attended Columbus since 1st Grade and are going into 5th Grade this year (2008). I think the staff, principal and teachers are all very nice. The PTA meetings dates are always in your child Wednesday folder + on the large sign at the entrance into the school. I have attended a few PTA meetings and everyone is very friendly & inviting + they offer free child care. My kids love the school and love attending school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2008

Columbus Elementary in McMinnville needs major improvement. Parking, and pickup times are chaotic. It is downright ridiculous. The PTA/PTO does not encourage parents to participate, half the time they don't even let parents know the date and times for the meetings. There are not many friendly people teaching these kids in this school. Most of the kids that I have talked to that attend this school already hate school! Not Good!!! Their equipment is way older than the school, many dangerous toys, mostly all toys with metal bars. The principal is, at best, unfriendly if not outright cold most of the time. The test scores are pretty good overall, however that come at the sacrifice of kids really loving school, their teachers, and learning. If you can go somewhere other than Columbus, I highly recommend it!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2006

Have had kids at this school for 6+ years now. They do tend to lose good teachers do to school politics....in the past. Getting involved as a parent is easy. Our PTO is always welcome to new faces. Teachers love to have help, especially with their 'Wednesday Folders'. The staff here is Great :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

Quality of academic programs is good for the chosen few. This is a very unfriendly school that does not really want parental involvement because then the parents may become aware of how poor a job they are doing. Seems they tend to use the budget constraints as an excuse not to provide educational resources for the edcucationally challenged children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2004

Great teachers, great school overall. However they change staff every year, losing the good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

2010

 
 
47%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
Female60%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learners41%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female60%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learners24%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female74%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners59%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female81%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners65%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female75%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female79%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female79%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 65%
Hispanic 30% 21%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Two or more races 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1600 SW Fellows
Mcminnville, OR 97128
Phone: (503) 565-4600

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