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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Columbia Junior/Senior High School is a public school located in Columbia, PA. It has 391 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.
Address
901 Ironville Pike
Columbia, PA 17512
Telephone
(717) 684-7500
Website
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Columbia Junior/Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
32%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1040
46 responses
Average ACT
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$40,982
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$745
National
$949
Median Home Value
$101,100
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
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Prom
    25%
  • Mini-Thon
    17%
  • Plays
    17%
  • Sporting events
    17%
  • Getting out of there
    8%
  • May Day Celebration
    8%
  • Student Section
    8%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
391
Free or Reduced Lunch
89%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
11:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,511
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.7%
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.6 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.6 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.6 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$16,306/ year
National
$12,239
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
0%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
17%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses
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Columbia Junior/Senior High School Reviews

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I like how the school is not as cliche and separated like in the movies. While everyone has their own separate friend groups, there is not defined “popular kids” or “nerdy kids.” Everyone knows each other and acts like a community. I like that the football players and cheer leaders are also the smart students, in all honors classes. Students are not looked down upon for being smart or for slacky in school work, for the most part everyone is accepting and do not care about little things.
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There were fights and bullying all the time, kids didn't want to be there so that affected the teachers, had to "rent" books because the school was out of money in the budget but was busy upgrading their sports facilities. Most people that I see online that were not in advanced classes still can not communicate effectively. In my opinion the school should have been taken over by hempfield years ago. It was a sad excuse for a learning environment despite many teachers best efforts.
I started going to Columbia in 7th grade and I excelled all throughout school up until I graduated and it paid off, literally. There were so many scholarships available and the faculty and staff were so helpful throughout my entire high school experience. Playing sports was an awesome experience at a small school you get lots of support. The sense of closeness and community was a plus in such a small town. I can't stress how important my teachers were in preparing me for college and really life in general even when they weren't teaching they taught lessons outside of lessons. I enjoyed my experience at Columbia junior senior high school and the faculty was a huge part of that.