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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  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.

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
54 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
  • Football games
    22%
  • Sports
    14%
  • Dances
    11%
  • Plays and musicals
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    11%
  • Band class
    8%
  • Homecoming
    8%

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.10 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Poll
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
Poll
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
Poll
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
43%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$47,327
National
$62,843
Median Rent
$765
National
$1,062
Median Home Value
$117,400
National
$217,500
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I am proud to be a graduate of Columbus Catholic High School. While Columbus certainly is not perfect, there’s a number of factors that still make it a great place to be. While there a couple of teachers that are completely terrible, there a more teachers that are phenomenal, both as educators and as people. They teach invaluable information about academics, life, and Christ, and they helped me grow in many ways. As far as the facilities, clubs, etc, the school is changing and improving every year, so while it may not be great at the moment, it’s definitely getting better. Christ is an integral part of school life, and the community is incredibly close-knit. Your class becomes like your family, and the school helps facilitate those relationships. Columbus has a lot of work to do, but it’s still a great place to learn and worship in. Plus the food is awesome, so that’s a positive!
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Columbus High School has a very small amount of students, meaning everyone knows everyone. You never pass by someone you’ve never seen before. Majority of teachers are excellent and well relate to students. There’s always room for improvement when it comes to equality and fairness within the school, many students tend to receive special treatment over others.
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.