1701 Westchester Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
4/
10
Bottom 50%
Columbia High School serves 671 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 14:1 is equal to the South Carolina state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 97% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the South Carolina state average of 51% (majority Black).

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 671 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 14:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 97%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 75-79% (Btm 50% in SC)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 30-34% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 45-49% (Top 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

School Overview

Columbia High School's student population of 671 students has grown by 5% over five school years.
The teacher population of 49 teachers has declined by 5% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
671 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
49 teachers
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School Rankings

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 0.27, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School
State Level (SC)
Overall Testing Rank
#707 out of 1149 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
30-34%
46%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
45-49%
48%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
3%
2%
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Hispanic
5%
11%
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Black
85%
33%
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White
3%
49%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
4%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.27
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Graduation Rate
75-79%
84%
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Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
100%
59%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (14-15)
3%
6%
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School District Name
Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?

30-34% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 46% SC state average), while 45-49% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 48% SC state average).

What is the graduation rate of Columbia High School?

The graduation rate of Columbia High School is 75-79%, which is lower than the South Carolina state average of 84%.

How many students attend Columbia High School?

671 students attend Columbia High School.

What is the ethnic breakdown of the student body?

85% of Columbia High School students are Black, 5% of students are Hispanic, 4% of students are Two or more races, 3% of students are Asian, and 3% of students are White.

What is the student:teacher ratio of Columbia High School?

Columbia High School has a student ration of 14:1, which is equal to the South Carolina state average of 14:1.

What grades does Columbia High School offer ?

Columbia High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12 (offers virtual instruction).

School Reviews

5   11/15/2010
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.
- Posted by Parent - dansb
2   10/25/2006
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.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - dixie

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 671 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 14:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 97%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 75-79% (Btm 50%)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 30-34% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 45-49% (Top 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), SC Dept. of Education

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