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About This School

Columbia Middle School is a public middle school in Aurora. 785 students attend Columbia Middle School and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 54% of the 785 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Columbia Middle School is 17:1. Peace with Christ Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Asian 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 39% 24%
Hispanic 34% 51%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 0.8%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 20%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 60%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to this school for three years and I loved it. I was always with friends that pushed me to be the best I can be. My middle school years had bumpy parts but that did not have to do with the school itself. I love their principal like a second dad and I have had many strong relationships with the teachers there. Columbia knows what it's doing and they have always had the children in mind. I respect every teacher I had even if I didn't do very well in that class. The teachers make the days fun and I just loving going back to see old teachers ) I strongly strongly recommend Columbia for your children - former student (klfoxworthy)

  • (1 year ago)

    I think that Columbia has it's ups and Downs. As a parent I'm really invoked in kids school. I have two kids one is going to 8th grade and 7th. My kids seldomly have homework and if they do they can get it done in homework help after school in 30 minutes. I don't think that they are challenging their student. When I went to visit the classroom the teachers didn't seem to have control of their classrooms and half the class wasn't paying attention and the teacher just kept on teaching without saying anything to student that weren't on the same page. Not only that but when I asked if my kids can go to summer school because they have been failing I was told they have to have at least a PP average to get extra hep. This doesn't make any sense to me.

  • (3 years ago)

    Columbia Middle School is Awesome! I have won 3rd place in synopsys science and engineering championship!(the santa clara county fair). I have been qualified to go to the California State Fair.I am learning Highschool math in 8th grade! Science Teachers are great!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love this school.If you are going to say something about it think about how your student or yourself is academically achieved. I had gone from 6 to 8th grade and left it with perfect grades was in all advanced classes It was not easy so it was a perfect challenge and had no problem...maybe its the students

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been going to this school for 2 years and I don't like this school. I have many friends that are boys that I can't hang out with because of the gender seperated lunches. Also the teachers never challenge us enough and I feel as if I'm being belittled when the teachers are teaching things that we have learned in our elementary schools. I believe that many of the students are not taking their education seriously and act very inappropriate (kissing in hallways talking about stuff they shouldn't be etc.). I am leaving CMS and going to Cherry Creek schools and I am hoping that they will be better.

  • (6 years ago)

    i really like this school and the teachers are really cool and aren't pushy but the only reason i dont give this school five stars is that bulling problems and the princple being being really strict to students.

  • (6 years ago)

    the school has a program where students with low grades can't go to school activites not only does that discourage us but then they expect all the students to have school spirit. the entire curriculem is based around CSAP and the only electives are art gym band orchestra choir spanish computers drama and health. each grade has two lunches that gives plenty of us thirty minutes with no one to talk to. some of the teachers are good but i wouldn't say that the school has a reason to brag as much as it does about how much (little) we learn or the quality of schooling.

  • (6 years ago)

    I used to go to this school and it's a great school. Gym is hard but other than that the school is a wonderful school with great education for your child.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a former student the student body at this school is what bothered me the most. The teachers were pretty good but I felt that the administration did not push the staff to challenge its students enough. The classroom setting at this school is a little too laid back and does not provide a challenging nor motivating environment in the least bit. I felt somewhat prepared for high school; but compared to my counterparts who came from Cherry creek middle schools they were very far ahead of me at the begining of freshman year. Columbia is the best of the aurora middle schools but overall it does not offer what it should for students.

  • (6 years ago)

    Columbia is a great place to learn and make friends. Yes it has its problems but those come from the students. The teachers are great they expect a lot but they have fun with you too.

  • (7 years ago)

    Columbia MIddle school is very horrible.My children havnt learned anyything it seems from the beginning of the year. I wouldnt recomend this school to anyone who wants their children to learn.The teachers are very rude and dont care. This school is one of the worst I seen.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a former student at Columbia I did not feel as if I was being challenged the way I should've been. Only two or three of my teachers Dr. Veto is one were awesome! Otherwise many of my teachers were careless about student work. My algebra class got through 10 chapters when we are supposed to get through twelve. In addition the paraprofessionals are very rude and unwelcoming to all students. I was given a referal for forgetting to clean up my trash at school one day. My parents are sending me to Cherry Creek Schools because all three years at Columbia were a waste of time. I learned very little in my English class because all we did was sit around and talk about our lives. CMS is decent but I don't recomend it.

  • (9 years ago)

    Academically the teachers are mostly good and enthusiastic. The sports programs are good. I think that most parents are motivating their children to do well in school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Columbia is a great school for learning experience but doesnt have too many extracurricular activities and you can only play sports if you are in seventh or eigth grade.

  • (9 years ago)

    Columbia Middle School is horrible. There is so many different groups and not enough of people of different races other then white. This school's way of teaching has not gotten me ready for high school. And I recommend another school. Like Mrachek.

  • (9 years ago)

    Poor quality school. While wholesome in it's academics the students at this school are completely side tracked. The teachers I must say are excellent. They have high degrees and truly are dedicated to their teaching. But as I come to this school to look around the classrooms all of the time cell phones inapropriate notes and many more distractions and problems are seen during the class period. To add to this the stairwells at this school re horrible. This school somewhat decent when it comes to learning. I believe that new curiculum should be changed such as the connected math series. I also think that my child is not learning enough at this school compared to what students in nearby districts are learning. If you can I recomend your child attend a different school.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a former student at this school I didn't have a very good time. My parents transfered me to Cherry Creek Schools this year for high school I'm very unprepared. Though I was enrolled in all honors classes I lack knowledge of many things in my currents high school courses. While at this school I experienced a student body that was very seperated. In addition my teachers were very rude to me yet when it came to parent confrences they turned into sweet little pumpkins. The teachers barely gave homework one of the many reasons why I am not prepared for high school. Last but not least at least 2 electives were cancelled at this school because the district doesn't support them; eventually the administration will be getting rid of social studies science and all elective courses in the next few years; would you like to attend now?

  • (9 years ago)

    Several changes have occured at this school changes that just made things worse. For one teachers are unprepared and slack commitment. My math class is several weekes behind schedule but we get blamed for that although my math teacher has been absent 9 days this semester. In addition students are blamed for being unprepared for 8th grade yet the seventh grade teachers never stressed anything on pre-eigth grade work; the seventh grade teachers were behind as well. Being an eigth grade student I feel that non of the students at Columbia care about education. I always would love to brag about Columbia but in present days what is there to brag about this school? A big drug problem has appeared at our school why? Why is because there are only 8 e.c. activities besides sports. And while many students come to school high teachers don't act on anything whatsoever.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school needs a lot of adjustments. Summarizing this school's problems would take a book. Two of my children are attending Columbia and both of them have had problems with the student body. My child was offered a bag of weed in the middle of his social studies class. To add to this my children are not learning enough. Everything is a sinch to them and it is not because of their intelligence it's because they are not challenged. The connected math book series are taken too seriously. My daugters seventh grade advanced math class is one book behind schedule and my son's algebra class is two chapters behind as well. Lastly the staff members are not commited. My children will be transfering a.s.a.p.

  • (9 years ago)

    Terrible school. The teachers are non-caring. My son's math and language arts classes are at least two weekes behind schedule something that has happened all three years. Though my son is in advanced english and honors algebra he has not been challenged whatsoever this year.Everything has been way too easy. In addition the administration is not big on extra curicular actvities. Especially in the 8th grade students are getting into more trouble in and outside of school because they do not have extra actvities as school to particpate in. My child does not feel safe at school. APS is not focused on giving students a good education. I do not suggest this school at all. My child will definately be transfering out of this school district this semester.

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