School Details

Columbia Middle School

14409 Aster Street, Adelanto, CA 92301
(760) 530-1950
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 554 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Adelanto Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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19%
50%
23%
37%
57%
15%
14%
31%
17%
22%
52%
27%
42%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Adelanto Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Columbia Middle School is a public middle school in Adelanto. The principal of Columbia Middle School is Mike McGirr and can be contacted at mike_mcgirr@aesd.net. 554 students go to Columbia Middle School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 13% of the Columbia Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 92% of the 554 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Columbia Middle School is 17:1. Theodore Vick Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Video film production

Sports

  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 57% 57%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 12%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 33% 20%
Asian 0.7% 2%
Unspecified 0.4% 8%
Filipino 0.2% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 9019%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92% 81%
Limited English proficiency 13% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    The worst school I have ever taught for. Rampant defiance by many of the low-income students that attend. No administration support for the teachers that are trapped in a room full of hoodlums and thugs. If your child gets placed at the school pull them out as fast as you can.

  • (3 years ago)

    HORRIBLE SCHOOL My daughter got into a fight with another student at Columbia and the assistant principal knew the other child intended to do harm to my daughter. She failed to notify once she found out and my daughter had to get three stitches on her face and she had a minor head injury. The day I went to pick my daughter up from school they didnt know where she was by the time i found her I was so upset with the school because of their incompetence. When I asked the assistant principal why didnt she call me and let me know what was going on with my child she could'nt even answer the question. We send our child to school to learn and we thought she would be safe but this is not the case at Columbia. I'm not impressed with this school in no way they need new staff there that really care for all children regardless of race.

  • (3 years ago)

    columbia magnet school is a very good school my daughter has been attending there an the staff handles many problem that i have had with my child an they do respond quickly to your issues sandy an aimee are wonderful when i come in an they alway's greet me now if u want to hang around the rough kids that don't want better for themselfs when then change your surrounding's an stop complaing about the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    THIS SCHOOL IS HORRIBLE! MY NEPHEW WENT TO THAT SCHOOL AND THEY REFUSED TO RELEASE HIM BECAUSE THEY WANTED MORE MONEY! HE LATER WAS ATTACKED BY ANOTHER KID THERE AND WHEN MY NEPHEWS MOTHER WENT TO COMPLAIN SHE EAS TOLD TO WAIT. AFTER BEING THERE FOR A LONG TIME SHE ASKED WHEN THEY WOULD SEE HER AND THE PRINCIPAL LAUGHED AND SAID SHE FORGOT ALL ABOUT THEM! MY SISTER FOUND OUT THAT FIGHTING.IS NOT AN AUTOMATIC EXPULSION AND THAT A CHILD HAS UP TO 5 SUSPENSIONS BEFORE THEY GET EXPELLED! FURTHERMORE SHE RECEIVED NO APOLOGIES AND EAS TOLD THAT THEY WOULD LOOK INTO IT BUT DOUBTED THEY WOULD FIND ANYTHING OUT!!!! IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN SAFE KEEP THEM AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL

  • (4 years ago)

    I attended Columbia for 6th 7th and 8th grade when the school first started out. In my opinion back then the school was great in so many different ways! The teachers helped me to succeed and always had a positive and motivating spirit. They would change the principal every year though which was weird. As for the academic programs they were great and I experienced a lot that others haven't. This was back when they had GAVRT and NASA exploration. I don't know if they still have those programs but I hope they do because they were very beneficial. I know Columbia was the best school I have attended until i got to high school because Silverado is now the best in my opinion. Trust me I've attended up to 10 schools so I know what I'm saying when i say it is a very great school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I can say that at first I was afraid for my child to attend Columbia just by the things that I heard and seen. However she is now in the 8th grade and she loves it. I love the fact that the teachers are great and they care.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was very excited to get my first teaching job at Columbia. They played up the school's opening so much that you couldn't help but be dissapointed. With the changes in administration the turn over of staff and the loss of programs I can't help but feel this school was set up to fail. My last year at Columbia was frustrating. I could not get any support. I am happy to be out of the district (employment wise) and my own son who will enter 7th grade next year will never set foot in that school.

  • (6 years ago)

    First of all I would like people to understand that this is an unfair site. People only come on to bash individual schools or to vent not to praise them. I do understand the frustration of CMS but please rest assured that Adelanto School District heard their public and fired the principal in question. There is a new sheriff in town and she is awesome. Great things are happening there such as Club Columbia which is an afterschool program so cool that many of our students have joined and love which keeps them from joining other causes such as gangs and what not. It is also a new school give it some time to grow because the teachers are overworked and underpaid. Please remember that when reading reviews on all schools but especially CMS!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am now attending Columbia [and I feel] it is a very unorganized school. The teachers and administrators do not comunicate enough with each other or with the parents.

  • (7 years ago)

    Feel the principal is the main problem with the school with his flippant attitude that he is always right. Feel they made a big mistake in losing Mr Early as a music teacher. Counselor attitude as bad as principal.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a parent I do not reccomend this school because is not save there is too much violence and the kids are not save as they supposed to be in school campuses officers are not to trust they do not do anything to protect your child.

  • (7 years ago)

    Ive attended this school ever since it opened. This school didnt prepare me enough. I recommend avoiding going to Columbia.

  • (7 years ago)

    The principal of this school does not care about the community or the students. Every year the staff leaves and the original vision of the school no longer exists. I am glad my student moved on to high school. My other children will go elsewhere.

  • (8 years ago)

    Last year when this school first opened it showed so much promise. A NASA school with AVID GAVRT University Prep and the promise of so much more. Well in its 2nd year the programs are gone or are on the process of being eliminated. My son is going backwards in his academics. He is no longer challenged. It is now just another Adelanto school with nothing to differentiate itself.

  • (8 years ago)

    Unitl this school has a strong principal who supports the NASA and AVID vision this school will continue to fail. I pulled my child because of the safety concerns. On a positive note this school does have great teachers support staff and assistant principals.I appreciate the assistant principals for going out of their way to help me get my student to a safer school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Ive been in this school since 6 grade and the past year was out of control. I love this year so much better than last year! We have lots more things to look forward to. Lockers avid new teachers new teams of more sports and defiantly better students. Im coming next year!

  • (8 years ago)

    Avoid Columbia Middle School at ALL costs. It is unsafe there are no or few extracurricular activities and the ones they do have are poor. The parent involvement is okay although it varys greatly. the discipline is very poor. All in all I gave this school a negative score after attending it for two years...but that's not a choice so I'll give it a 1.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is the best. It is underrated.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is supposed to be a NASA school. It doesn't appear that the moeny they received is being put to good use!

  • (9 years ago)

    I've been teaching for 5 years and this is my first year at Columbia. We've had ups and downs but things are getting better every day. With the addition of our new principal Mr. Brawley things have improved so much. I have agreed to teach her next year and am looking forward to a better school year.

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