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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Southern Columbia Area School District is an above average, public school district located in Catawissa, PA. It has 1,352 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 56% of students are at least proficient in math and 73% in reading.

Southern Columbia Area School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
73%
Percent Proficient - Math
56%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1150
106 responses
Average ACT
25
9 responses

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,352
Free or Reduced Lunch
19.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,053
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.2%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$17,114/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$59,196
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$920
National
$949
Median Home Value
$198,300
National
$184,700

Southern Columbia Area School District Reviews

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I love the atmosphere, where everybody knows everybody! I will miss the tight knit community here at Southern Columbia. I would like to see some more student involvement in the school. I would also love to see more school spirit in support of all of our extracurriculars; such as, sports, band, chorus, student council, national honor society, and all of our other clubs/sporting events. Other than that, there’s not much else I would change. Our teachers are great, and our classes are great. My high school experience has been amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the last thirteen years of my life than at Southern Columbia.
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Southern Columbia’s academics are fair. They don’t have as many choices as the surrounding schools, but the courses they offer are more challenging. The school environment is terrible. The students are divided between athletes and non athletes. If you aren’t an athlete watch out. Many staff members will not treat you fairly and your voice will never be heard in the eyes of administration. A lot of major issues get swept under the carpet at this school. Do your research before sending your child here.
Southern Columbia is such a great school district and like many places, people, and things, it is not perfect. This school district has provided students with many opportunities both athletic and academically. Through this school, I have met most of my closest friends. The district is very supportive whether it's sports or the loss of a student or coach. One thing the district could do better is spend some of its budget on fixing up the bathrooms and more run down hallways.