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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Sports
    A
Columbus Catholic School is an above average, private, Catholic school located in Waterloo, IA. It has 287 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. Tuition is $6,290 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 60% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
3231 W 9th St
Waterloo, IA 50702
Telephone
(319) 233-3358

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$6,290
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1230
5 responses
Average ACT
25
46 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Football games
    21%
  • Sports
    15%
  • Dances
    12%
  • Plays and musicals
    12%
  • Band class
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    9%
  • Homecoming
    6%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
287
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Poll
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
Poll
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses
Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$44,429
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$716
National
$949
Median Home Value
$110,700
National
$184,700
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Columbus Catholic School Reviews

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I enjoyed having a smaller class size so that it was easier to get one-on-one attention with a teacher when needed. The smaller student population also meant more opportunities for students to be more involved in specific roles they wish to partake in like varsity sports, roles in drama, pronounced music recognitions in solos, etc. I would like to see Columbus have more clubs and activities students could choose to do and having more advanced classes to take to challenge some students who wish to be challenged.
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I really liked how the teachers are very involved to ensure students academic success and how they did a lot how student involvement. What I didn’t really appreciate about my experience was it wasn't diverse I’m not talking just ethnicity it’s as if everyone imported into the school was cut from the same clothe finically, so you didn’t really interact with people from different social economic status.
All fine arts programs are underfunded. We have a stage, but it is not safe to perform on. Some of the teachers are phenomenal, while others are absolutely awful. We are constantly expanding the number of clubs and organizations we have. Just two years ago we created a First Robotics club that has done very well in competitions so far. The programs that get the most funding are our sports teams, especially football. We are historically bad at football, so that make no sense. Some of our other sports teams, though, are very good, such as volleyball, tennis, and basketball.