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Columbia High School

Public | 9-12 | 845 students

 
 

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Posted April 29, 2010

West columbia high school shouldn't of had that HUGE drug bust. which lead to a horrible reputation for the school and its studends and over all the teachers and the rest of the staff. They are more focused on tasks more then the actually studies they will need for college the dress code is to strict and put to much pressure on there students and they care more about their salary then the actually education the students need and therefore the students need more apprectiation and help with their studies West columbia high school didn't help teach my child how to prepare for college and my child was a straight A, student. The whole staff chose favorites amoung the students and cused way to much for my apprication.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2007

Columbia High School is a relatively small high school and has a great number of dual credit courses with Brazosport College. It has a wide array of classes to address the diverse student needs. It is amazing how many students secure scholarships to further their education, how involved most kids are in different programs such music, sports,dance, theatre arts and academic venues. The overall discipline is pretty good, kids feel safe, there are a few problems from time to time, but they are not the main focus. There are some teachers that go above and beyond and connect with the kids and there are some that are adequate, but, we have not experienced a teacher that is really poor. The level of acdemics could be more rigorous, but it is good. For an out of the way high school, there is lots to offer and lots of staff who care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2007

Columbia High School is a sad excuse for an educational institution. Unless a student is an athelete, they pretty much get lost in the system. The emphasis seems to be on negative reinforcement, with very few positives offered to a student who struggles. In situations in which a student struggles academically, punishment, rather than reinforcement seems to be the solution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

I graduated from CHS 6 years ago. This school did NOT prepare me for college - and not because I was a slacker or didn't try. I was an A/B student and was enrolled in AP classes but I had trouble in basic math and science courses. The majority of teachers there care more about Taks scores and dress code rather than educating. The ones who truly care are few and far between. If you are white, straight and christian and prefer not to associate with anyone who is not like you - this is the school for you, otherwise you will just be dissapointed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 22, 2006

Columbia High School is a very good school! I am very pleased with their athletic program. The Girls Softball team won state this year, got second last year. The band is the best band in our Region. They tied for 10th at their area competition. that is the best they have ever done. Columbia High school has great academic programs and lots of parents are involved in their child's education. I think Columbia High School is a great school that keeps improving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2006

Columbia High, one of the best High Schools in Brazoria County. TAKS scores prove it top to bottom in all sub-pops. The athletic programs are in great shape; however, funding is NOT adequate for athletics. Booster club has 100% funded the 5000sq ft weight room, the field house addition and the student athletes' fundraisers have paid for the weight equipment for weight room and lockers for FH addition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

Columbia has a number of strong areas of instruction and departments with experienced and dedicated teachers, but the school itself suffers from a systemic lack of emphasis on academic performance - students' academic success and achievements take a very subordinated back seat to the athletics programs, particularly football, which dominate the school and the community's attention, as well as the administration's budgetary discussions. There is, accordingly, a satisfying amount of support by parents and the community for the school, especially for such a rural region, though unfortunately not for academic pursuits. Music programs are historically fair, though availability of private instruction is limited. Advised creative writing, journalism, and specialized language, cultural and other clubs are available. Agricultral education program is prominent and fairly popular, as might well be expected in this community.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 2, 2005

I think West Columbia overall is a fairly ok school. I just wish they would make some major dress code modifications, as does everyone else at my school. We have a very good fine arts department, and the sports are alright. They seem not to care so much about our academics as they do about the way we dress, which can get really annoying because alot of us kids are truly interested in academics, and not so much in the way we dress. If I somehow got to make all the decisions at the school, I would definately make some changes. But like I said, overall, it's not like a terrible school, I'm sure every school has its problems. Just that sometimes it seems like ours has a whole lot more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2004

I find this school district to be academically well above average and most of the teachers are truly interested in the betterment of the students.
—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.

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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

215 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

220 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

189 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

189 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

188 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

184 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students98%
Female98%
Male97%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female97%
Male99%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
77%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
63%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
44%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
31%
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
19%
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
62%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students67%
Female69%
Male65%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special education13%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted66%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted100%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students78%
Female80%
Male77%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education31%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students82%
Female80%
Male85%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students57%
Female64%
Male52%
Black or African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education11%
Not special education61%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted54%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students32%
Female36%
Male29%
Black or African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracial33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Special education5%
Not special education34%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted28%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students73%
Female72%
Male73%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education29%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted72%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students38%
Female41%
Male35%
Black or African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Special education14%
Not special education39%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted38%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Students44%
Female52%
Male32%
Black or African American11%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Special education0%
Not special education46%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%
Gifted/talented85%
Non-Gifted40%

Geometry

All Students85%
Female82%
Male87%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education20%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students65%
Female54%
Male73%
Black or African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education6%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted62%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students61%
Female57%
Male65%
Black or African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education40%
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted61%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 29%
Hispanic 28% 52%
Black 12% 13%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 1%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 9%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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