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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Columbia High School is a highly rated, public school located in East Greenbush, NY. It has 1,227 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 98% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
Address
962 Luther Rd
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Telephone
(518) 207-2010

Columbia High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
98%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1240
183 responses
Average ACT
28
62 responses
AP Enrollment
21%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$77,342
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,094
National
$949
Median Home Value
$207,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Pep rally and homecoming week!
    33%
  • Prom
    21%
  • APUS Role-play
    12%
  • Sno-Ball
    9%
  • Talent Show
    6%
  • The play
    6%
  • Columbia Idol
    3%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,227
Free or Reduced Lunch
17%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,123
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.1%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$19,399/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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The teachers are all very kind and helpful especially if you don't understand a topic. They will stay after school to talk about class work and they also grade pretty fairly. Sometimes it's hard to get through a class if some of the students are being obnoxious, but that rarely happens in classes at the honors level which is nice. The teachers can effectively lead the class for the most part, but I wish they were sometimes stricter with students that clearly don't care about the class material. There also should be more technology in the classroom! I think access to learning resources through technology would get the majority of kids at all academic levels interested in their school work.
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I like going to Columbia because there are so many opportunities to make new friends, whether it be through the classroom, sports, or clubs. Coming into freshman year, I knew nobody from my school, but by the arrival of the following summer I had made so many friends just through study groups for the core subjects, lunch, art, and clubs like Student Council. Just when I thought I had met everyone in my grade, I joined the tennis team as a sophomore and met people that weren't in any of my classes or my friend groups from freshman year. It was nice to bond with people over a sport and make an entirely new group of friends to go with to football games. Now as a rising junior, I'm excited to return to school and give life to even more friendships! I would choose to go here if I could do it all over again because nothing is as precious as the uplifting and inspiring friendships I have made with peers, teachers, and other school supporters.
Great classes and teachers but honestly way too much work! I alway do 100% of my homework to my best ability, but I also play sports, participate in clubs, have a volunteering job, run a little business through selling my old clothes, and I also like to go to football games, dances, movies with my friends and shopping! I care a lot about how I present myself so I like to look nice for school and therefore I wake up in the morning a little bit earlier. I also live at the edge of the school district and take the longest bus ride to school so my only question is...what is sleep? I'm convinced high school has turned me into a vampire because I literally do not sleep during the school year. I'm not a procrastinator, in fact I'm the biggest planner out there and I'm also a perfectionist. I will typically stay up until 1:00 a.m. on many school nights just to finish my work since I always have a full schedule for my school day and I insanely sign up for all Honors and AP classes. I always hand in my assignments on time but it would be nice if teachers didn't all assign huge projects at the same time. I am always overwhelmed and get really stressed about school but the sense of accomplishment once I've finished is probably the greatest feeling ever. I know most students are not like me because one time the girl sitting in front of me at the PSAT said, "Omg, I've never not copied on a test...I'm definitely gonna fail," but I have no problem being different, being driven and striving for the best.