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D+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    D-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Columbia High School is a public school located in Columbia, SC. It has 637 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.
Address
1701 Westchester Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
Telephone
(803) 731-8950

Columbia High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
920
37 responses
Average ACT
18
36 responses
AP Enrollment
13%

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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$36,478
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$797
National
$949
Median Home Value
$103,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
64%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
45%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • Pep ralleys
    26%
  • Sport events
    22%
  • Student vs. Teacher basketball game
    13%
  • Chorus Performances
    9%
  • Dances
    9%
  • Pep rallies
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    9%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
637
Free or Reduced Lunch
100%
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$65,606
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.2%
38%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.16 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.16 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.16 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$15,167/ year
National
$12,239
56%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.16 responses
19%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.16 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.16 responses
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I like about Columbia high school is "I like my school because it has some really cool teachers who make the lessons interesting and really make you want to work hard. Although I was bullied last year the school did things about it and gave me support." "I like school because I get to do things that can't do at home and I love seeing my friends." And I would change Schedule because Students should NOT have 3 months off in the summer. Students lose a lot of knowledge and understanding when they are gone that long. Students should have frequent breaks, though - all work and no play really is detrimental. My proposal would be a 6-weeks on (with weekends), 10 days off system. This gives us 52-day chunks, and 7 of them make a full year. Some chunks would be a day shorter or a day longer, based on leap year and regional variations.
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I attended Columbia High School my senior year.There were numerous fights that were not handled correctly by administration and there were a few times where I felt my safety was at risk.I do feel like the education in classes were poor. In most instances in several of my classes we didn’t not learn any material for several reasons such as the class being so disruptive, the teacher simply didnt feel like teaching or the class paid little or no attention to the teacher. Due to it being my senior year there were activities and events that were planned and cancelled due to poor communication between staff which made seniors reluctant to participate or feel excited about anything except the graduation itself. One thing that I would like to see change in Columbia High School is parent participation and seeing them as well as different people in the community come out a support the students to show that their hardwork has not gone unnoticed.
My experience at this particular high school has had its moments. Columbia High teachers and staff have a vision for their students but it just seems that they don’t know what route to take to achieve that vision. They either come up with a decision at the last minuet or don’t come up with anything at all to see a change in their students and more importantly the school. Teachers here will actually work with each individual student though, to help them understand the work given. The best I can say about this school is the support from the teachers and mainly the principal is what keeps the school running.