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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Columbia High School is an above average, public school located in Lake City, FL. It has 1,935 students in grades PK, 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.
Address
469 SE Fighting Tiger Dr
Lake City, FL 32025
Telephone
(386) 755-8080
Website
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Columbia High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
72%
Average SAT
1120
93 responses
Average ACT
24
116 responses
AP Enrollment
20%
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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
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Median Household Income
$43,504
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$797
National
$949
Median Home Value
$112,500
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
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 92 responses
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  • Football games
    21%
  • Pep rally
    17%
  • Graduation
    14%
  • Float building for homecoming parade
    14%
  • Homecoming week
    11%
  • Class tee shirts
    8%
  • Gradbash senior trip to Universal FFA Anime club
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,935
Free or Reduced Lunch
54%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$40,069
Teachers in First/Second Year
30.8%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.28 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.28 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.28 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$8,574/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.15 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.15 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.15 responses
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I have had the opportunity due to my parents relocating to different states in the last few years to go to three very different high schools. Although each were special in their own way, CHS has shown to be a very good school for me! Overall the staff is attentive and supportive to the students on an academic, as well as, emotional level. Principle Hosford goes above and beyond to show his pride for his students, even recently going to each student’s home to congratulate them personally for making a five on their EOC. I was fortunate to be one of those students. Such acts have only made me feel more at home in my new surroundings and happy to be ending my high school career on top at CHS graduating next spring!
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Many of my teachers were incredible, helping me succeed in subjects I had not been great at previously. There was good student involvement.

Guidance was ok, but sometimes I left with unanswered questions.

The discipline dept. often exhibited unequal treatment between the sexes, races, and social class of the students. Only dress-coding the "uglier" girls and ignoring the guys completely.

As it is a sports oriented school, other departments lacked funding. Our theatre department was denied many benefits of other organizations. Wrestlers ripped our stage curtains and the school told us it was the responsibility of the theatre dept. to fix them, as well as to replace burned out stage lights left on after awards ceremonies, among other unequal treatment.
Great School! Lovely environment! Great teachers! A couple of my favorites are Mrs. Merker, Mrs. Williamson, and Mrs. Free. Great extra curricular activities.