55 out of 10GreatSchools

Columbia Senior High School

Maplewood, NJ
  • Public
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  • Grades 9-12
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  • Enrollment: 2007

Overview

Columbia Senior High School
17 Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
(973) 762-5600
Columbia Senior High School is located in Maplewood, NJ and serves grades 9-12.It received a GreatSchool rating of 5 out of 10
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Student Diversity

Race

Percentage

Native American
0%
Two or more races
2%
Asian
4%
Hispanic
6%
Black
38%
White
51%

Reviews15 Reviews

3.5
parent
For the academically minded, Columbia is rigorous, diverse and inclusive. The top level courses here are taught by excellent teachers. My husband and I attended top level colleges (one ranked in top ten in the world) and we believe our son is getting an education of a very high standard
parent
My three kids graduated from CHS. Not only is it academically rigorous (my husband and I have ivy degrees, so we feel we can assess this pretty well) but it is also a place where all sorts of kids thrive: artists, filmmakers, robotics teams, journalists, math geeks, dancers, jazz musicians, athletes and on and on: all are the cool kids here. There is socioeconomic and racial diversity, and so these kids learn how to work with everyone. It has been instrumental in the success of our kids and their friends. It is an extraordinary place.
parent
While there are many positive aspects to my son's experience at this school (2010 graduate), we made the decision to move out prior to our daughter starting her freshman year. We were paying very high taxes and for that expected an excellent school. If you ask the teachers themselves, they will tell you there are too many admins doing little to earn their keep. My daughter now attends Ridge in Basking Ridge and there is no comparison. She has rocketed to honors and raves about the quality of teachers. Leveling students is in my opinion a very bad idea. It's one thing to have an honors class but another to be ranking kids early on. Many kids need to be around better students in order to improve. Middle school/high school kids don't need to be publicly labeled in that way...they've already got enough pressure. It's sad to see the Maplewood S. Orange schools going downhill. There are lots of good things about the community, but seeing the contrast in schools made us realize our tax dollars were not well used. Now we pay less than a quarter of what we paid in Maplewood with a public school system that is ranked nationally. Columbia isn't even ranked in the state. Sad!
student
This is a good school with tons of A.P class options and extracurricular activities. Inside the classrooms, I feel very safe and in a good learning environment. The hallways, however can be overwhelming at first, and I sometimes expect to see fights breaking out. If you get involved and stick with the right people, it is a great school. There are so many activities to get involved with: tutoring younger kids, sports, community service clubs, marching band, yearbook, improv, photography, etc. This school lets you try out many different things to see what you want to do in college and the rest of your life.
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