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Columbia High School is a public school in Newark, NJ. It has 1,783 students in grades 9-12. Students score average on state standardized tests. There have been 230 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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On Teachers: Some teachers are excellent (math, English) while others should not be allowed to teach.

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Recent Alumnus

On Educational Outcomes: Will be starting college in the fall so I can not determine an answer to this question.

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Recent Alumnus

On Administration & Policies: Guidance department is the worst in terms of helping students chose colleges and submitting the appropriate materials. My guidance counselor left in the beginning of senior year leaving a good portion of kids to fend for themselves. When you reach out for assistance from 9th grade on they are also on the opposite side of the fence. The department heads get paid a tremendous salary and do not teach. When you reach out to have them resolve an ongoing issue with a teacher few return phone calls especially the head of the social studies department. Principals in the past never returned emails or phone calls. Overall very frustrating experience can't wait to get my son out.

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Recent Alumnus

On Health & Safety: have a front desk security station and buss in system to enter bldg. Local police presence in the form of an officer who is assigned to school. Have an antibullying police coordinator on site. Feel safe in school. There has never been any major incidients.

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Recent Alumnus

On Overall Experience: The school is ethically, culturally, and creatively diverse

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Columbia High School is a public school in Newark, NJ. It has 1,783 students in grades 9-12. Students score average on state standardized tests. There have been 230 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

🔖 About the Academics See more in Academics ...

Graduation Rate

92%

Test Performance

56
Columbia High School performed better than 56% of other schools on New Jersey math and reading standardized tests.

Average standardized
test results

SAT:
1810

Based on 210 students surveyed
Math
600
Verbal
600
Writing
610

ACT:
26

Based on 66 students surveyed
Math
25
English
27
Reading
27
Science
25
All test result data aggregated from users of colleges.niche.com

🏦 Where Students Go See more in Educational Outcomes ...

Student Polls

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 10 responses

  • 25% It offers students a lot of opportunities.
  • 21% Columbia is challenging but successful.
  • 17% It is a great place to learn.
  • 17% Multiple AP courses & award winning sports/groups
  • 12% It will help you get to where you want to be.
  • 8% Can't wait to escapeā€¦er, graduate.

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 10 responses

  • 36% Students who don't take education seriously.
  • 21% The building problems
  • 21% Leveling, the administration
  • 14% Lack of a good Air conditioning system
  • 7% Inequality in grading and guidance department who

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Diverse and has alot of bright kids
  • 27% Columbia is a brilliant school.
  • 27% Diverse
  • 9% Circus called. They want the clowns back.

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 9 responses

  • 44% Work diligently will help you get to a high GPA.
  • 44% Maintain good grades and get involved
  • 11% Progression counts.

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 74% Yes
  • 16% Not sure.
  • 11% No

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 10 responses

  • 80% Diversity
  • 10% It has a lot of discipline and respect.
  • 10% It's the only high school in Maplewood/SouthOrange

About the Students More in Student Culture & Diversity ...

Gender Diversity

Male
51.0%
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Female
49.0%
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Racial Diversity

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African American
51.8%
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White
38.4%
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Hispanic
5.4%
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Asian
3.6%
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Multiracial
0.6%
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Native American
0.1%
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Pacific Islander
0.1%