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Columbia Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 450 students

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Posted September 11, 2010

Without a doubt, Columbia Elementary School is committed to providing students with a challenging and rewarding education. I am amazed by the progressive ideas, constant communication, and positive atmosphere of this school. Very diverse in nature, this school has taught my children to respect ideas and cultures of others. The curriculum has amazed me as well. Each night when I ask my children about their school day, I am delighted to hear their responses. They are a part of a great learning environment that encourages social education as much as the academics! Just outside of our Nation s capital and in one of the best districts in the United States, Columbia Elementary is providing my two children a solid and enriching learning experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

I have a second grader at Columbia. Great school and great teachers!!!!! The are very welcome to a new students and very helpful to parents with questions, they always return your calls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2010

We moved here after the school year had started and much to my relief, our daughter was quickly welcomed into her class by her teacher and classmates. Administration, teachers and staff all know your child s name. Good teamwork between the principal and vice principal and both are engaged with the students. The front office staff is professional and knowledgeable. Columbia is home to a multi-cultural student body, which is respected and celebrated. Teacher and student resources are up to date, including technology. Art, music and PE are provided (unlike our last school district). Solid security policies in place including access control measures, student buddy system, etc. Excellent weekly communication with parents via Take Home Tuesday folders and email. Very active and productive PTA. Healthy lunches provided, including vegetarian meals. Extra-curricular activities include Chess Club and Partners in Print. Columbia provides a solid academic and healthy social environment for our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2008

I have a fourth grader at columbia. Great acedemic as well as fun environment. Super great teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2008

We are the proud parents of 4th grader at columbia. Great acedemic as well as fun environment. Super Great Teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2008

Great people and amazing students. I love BINGO NIGHT with the kids. Also, the teachers are always very sweet and nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2008

We have a 4th grader at Columbia and we've always been pleased with the curriculum as well as family activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2004

Very nice school and happy with all the teachers. Nice priciapal and vice principal.
—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: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
80%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
92%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students94%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students87%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students85%
Proficient in English94%

Math

All Students86%
Female students82%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students87%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English100%

Science

All Students93%
Female students93%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient students94%
Proficient in English92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students66%
Female students64%
Male students67%
Black students38%
Asian students90%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students63%
Female students74%
Male students54%
Black students46%
Asian students82%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students57%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students74%
Female students73%
Male students75%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students66%
Proficient in English80%

English: Writing

All Students71%
Female students77%
Male students68%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students61%
Female students52%
Male students65%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English71%

Science

All Students56%
Female students50%
Male students59%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students63%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students27%
Proficient in English76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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