Columbia High School
Columbia High School serves 622 students in grades 9-12.
Columbia High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in South Carolina for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 30-34% (which is lower than the South Carolina state average of 46%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 45-49% (which is approximately equal to the South Carolina state average of 48%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the South Carolina state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 97% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 49% (majority Black).
Columbia High School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in South Carolina for:
Percent Eligible For Free Lunch
Columbia High School's student population of 622 students has declined by 14% over five school years.
The teacher population of 50 teachers has declined by 10% over five school years.
Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
Columbia High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,149 schools in South Carolina (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Columbia High School is 0.26, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
State Level (SC)
Overall Testing Rank
#707 out of 1149 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch (14-15)
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, SC Dept. of Education
Columbia High School is an excellent school, providing a first rate education for the students. The faculty is highly qualified. The classrooms, science labs,and offices have been renovated and state-of-the-art facilities have been built for the fine arts programs. Also, there is a new cafeteria, as well as additional gymnasiums and outdoor sports facilities. Students who are interested in obtaining a quality education are proud of Columbia High School. A re-dedication service is scheduled for December 5, 2010.
The quality of the academic programs could be a lot better. Teachers are not supported, and are not good enough for the student body. There are a real good selection of classes, but the classes must be taught outher than focusing on other conversations. The band program in my personal oppinion vs. other schools is nothing. Arts, sports, and other extracurricular activities don't seem to be taken seriously. Kids dont want to particapte because for one teachers don't recomend them. Also they are just looked down on because the kids see them as not so important. The school seems dark and dungy. Mold grows on the cellings of the class rooms. The smell of weed lengers through out the school, because of children smokeing. Its basicly just run down. Gang symbols are written on the walls, and then when covered up, its by spray paint. It's not a school to be proud of. Parents arent that involved in there childrens education, if anything they dont care if they come to school. In other districts you here how parents are always involved. But at this school, very rarely will you see a parent comeing to a PTA meeting if there even is a PTA.
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