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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Columbia River High School is an above average, public school located in Vancouver, WA. It has 1,222 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 97% in reading.
Address
800 NW 99th St
Vancouver, WA 98665
Telephone
(360) 313-3900
Website

Columbia River High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
97%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1210
252 responses
Average ACT
29
55 responses
AP Enrollment
2%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$56,139
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$991
National
$949
Median Home Value
$236,700
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
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 74 responses
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  • Skyview vs River football games
    32%
  • Color War at the homecoming assembly
    22%
  • Color Wars everytime
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    9%
  • IB Socials
    7%
  • Dress up week before formals
    5%
  • Painting the Rock
    5%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,222
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,813
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.1%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$10,623/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
34%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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I spent 3 of my 4 years of high school at River, and my overall perception of this school is almost entirely positive. Though River continues to grow the school is still a comfortable size, where a student won't feel overwhelmed by a massive student body. This directly contrasts our district competitor, Skyview, which is known for its oversized student body. River as well offers not only the IB program to all it's students, but as well as the Running Start program. Both have their pros and cons, but outside of accelerated learning the "normal" classes at River are just as engaging. The staff are often very kind and willing to listen and help students, specifically teachers. Overall River is a great high school for any student who seeks multiple opportunities, as well as a comfortable and engaging high school experience.
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The Ib program brings the entire school down. River doesnt do a great job of executing the program, they center the entire school around it. It is well known among students that being a full time IB student fills your schedule, leaving little room for sports, extra curriculars, jobs, or a social life. The intensity of the program excludes those who need to work or have other big commitments. This wouldn’t necessarily be a problem, if the schools focus on IB didnt distract from other courses so much. The non-IB level classes are pathetically easy and not challenging. Also the stalls in the girls bathroom dont have locks, and havent my entire 4 years of high school.
I’ve been attending River since my freshman year. I am in the IB program, and it is a rigorous course. If you are someone who enjoys learning and growing River would be a great high school for you. We have frequent spirit weeks and student breakfasts/ food specials. The sports at River are good. Good equipment and coaches. River also has a variety of clubs and activities. It ranges from poetry club to outdoors club to Red Cross club to gay straight alliance club etc... basically we have a club for just about anything, and if there isn’t a club it’s so easy to start one. Sometimes the cafeteria food is gross, but most students leave campus for lunch. Rivers location is so nice because there’s a bunch of food options. Trust me it’s a big plus.