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Columbia Elementary School

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Posted August 19, 2014

We have had a great experience with This school and its staff. This is our second elementary school in the Wenatchee school district and our children have excelled at Columbia thanks to the principal and staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

Two of my children went to this school for the 2013-2014 school year. Their ages 17, 12, 9, 9. I was employed with Eastmont School District from 2006-2013. I have many years of experience and background in Special Education. Three of my children are successful academically and behaviorally. One child has ADHD and a behavior disorder called Opposition Defiant Disorder. He was on a 504 plan at Eastmont. His behavior disorder interfered with his learning. I informed Columbia from the very start. They ignored my warnings until they didn't know how to handle my son. They called me and informed me he was on a step 4, which means the student has to go home. I reminded them that he has been diagnosed and needs the support of a 504. I went to a series of meetings and when they presented me with a 504...it was a skeleton. Nothing on it applied to his ODD. It only addressed the ADHD and even then it very generalized. I didn't sign it. The next thing I know, the school is calling me everyday telling me to pick my son up for behaviors. They sent him home for a week on emergency expulsion and he had to finish out the year on half days...why? He ran and hid..no threats no violence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2011

We have a third grader at Columbia Elementary who has received individualized attention from highly qualified, passionate teachers and is thriving among a diverse student body. The principal is dynamic, driven and committed to whole student success, not just academics. The music teacher is unbelievably enthusiastic and effective at drawing students out of themselves. Teachers put in copious time outside of regular hours to offer enrichment opportunities and compensate for life factors that might otherwise interfere with learning. When judging parent involvement, recognize that this is a neighborhood where parents very often work long hours to make ends meet, and the time they commit is precious. We have seen overwhelming attendance and participation by parents, many of whom are first-generation Americans striving for the dream and committed to the best education possible for their children. We have found teachers and administration to more than match our energy and attentiveness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2009

Class size is poor, expectations of students is poor. Limited music, art and storts offered
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2008

I totally concur with the first review of this school - and the entire district. My children languished in these schools, and were often in trouble and forced to sit in corners for hours and hours on end. Individuality is discouraged, and there are even imposed dress codes that make absolutely no sense at all. Add the extremely high crime rate and ghetto-ness of the entire area, and most hope is lost to the young victims. My children came to Western Washington a full two years behind academically, and at least that socially, as well. Fast forward to now: My children now get straight A's and are well adjusted and college-bound. If you truly value your children's future, you will do whatever you have to do to stay away from the Wenatchee Valley.
—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 65% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
38%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
23%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students27%
Female30%
Male25%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic17%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Low income22%
Not low incomen/a
Special education0%
Not special education32%
Limited English15%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students39%
Female30%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic26%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income32%
Not low incomen/a
Special education0%
Not special education45%
Limited English20%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students28%
Female41%
Male14%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic24%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Low income27%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education29%
Limited English18%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female69%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic41%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income55%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education53%
Limited English25%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students45%
Female63%
Male25%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income44%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education45%
Limited English36%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students42%
Female47%
Male37%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic30%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income41%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education47%
Limited English13%
Migrant0%

Reading

All Students58%
Female63%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income54%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited English13%
Migrant23%

Science

All Students55%
Female53%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income53%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited English17%
Migrant23%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 68% 20%
White 30% 60%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 7%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 148%N/A8%
Special education 114%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 289%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 12N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 79%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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600 Alaska St
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: (509) 662-7256

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