School Details

Columbia Elementary School

2508 Utter St, Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6413
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 248 students 17 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

86%
68%
65%
86%
79%
73%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Bellingham School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
64%
63%
85%
76%
73%
76%
68%
62%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Bellingham School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
70%
63%
95%
83%
73%
88%
77%
67%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Bellingham School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Columbia Elementary School is a public elementary school in Bellingham. The principal of Columbia Elementary School is Jeff Coulter. 248 students go to Columbia Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 16% of the 248 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Columbia Elementary School is 17:1. St. Paul's Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 89% 76%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Asian 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 2%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16% 38%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Columbia is an amazing community school and very strong on the academics. It makes me sad to see the negative reviews on here but they are old reviews so I feel the need to clear the air. Significant changes and improvements have obviously occurred and I've only seen thriving academics in my 5 years as a Columbia parent. The staff and parents work well together to educate the whole child math reading writing science music art p.e.--you name it these kids get it (with consistently high test scores). In addition to academics their is a great emphasis on the Columbia Coho Commitments Respect Responsibility Compassion Perseverance and Strive for Excellence. This school is producing fantastic students and citizens. Three cheers for Columbia!

  • (3 years ago)

    We have been very happy at Columbia. The teachers have been great and the school has received a "School of Distinction" award from the State the last 3 years. The children's reading scores are especially high. We've found the teachers to be kind connected and smart. The PTA is very active which allows the kids to do field trips science fair etc. Sometimes it does feel a little closed-in so I back away for a while. All in all we're grateful for the experience we've had at Columbia the past 5 years.

  • (5 years ago)

    Columbia is a fine school with a personal touch. The Special ED program is great and the teacher gives the kids good basics in math reading and writing. However I find that sometimes that parents there are much to envolved and are very pushy at the school. So of the parents just need to back off and let the teachers do their jobs.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a nice safe school but they do not have a good Special Ed program. They do not have any sort of idea on how to treat children with special needs and could learn a thing or two from some of the other schools in the area.

  • (7 years ago)

    A nice safe place but not a whole lot of academics. And by that I mean none. Lest you count pajama days as academic. Anyway second grade was basically the same as K'garten so we decided to go elsewhere for third.

  • (7 years ago)

    The kindergarten experience at Columbia was entirely disappointing. The teacher is disconnected disorganized and self-centered. The parents are literally ignored and pushed away. The children are not greeted or approached warmly. We regularly are not told what is going on. It was a sad start to school. The first grade has had better communication and a better teacher but there is something ugly and unfriendly about that school. I wish we could afford an alternative.

  • (7 years ago)

    Because Columbia is a 'walking school' meaning no bussing the parents are much more involved and you have a chance to really know all the kids and parents in your child's class. Other than that I really have nothing positive to say. Many teachers seem to do very little academic teaching with way too much emphasis on free time activities and fun time. Sure learning should be fun but we need a bit more learning going on here and some accountability to get kids up to grade level. Assessment too is very lax. My child was well below grade for reading and writing yet it never reflected in grading

  • (9 years ago)

    A culture of no teacher accountability and minimal academic rigor - as reflected in consistently poor WASL scores.

  • (9 years ago)

    Columbia is a warm and caring school with high parental involvement. There seem to be two types of teaching styles Traditional and 'New' though you don't get a choice as to which one you'd like. This can be a problem if you have a child that would thrive in one of the distinct environments and is placed in the other. We have a new principal that might even out the discrepancies between the two styles of teaching for each grade. Because of the active CPA and parental involvement students are able to go on several field trips each year and enjoy interesting extracurricular activities from basketball clinics to drama club to FLAN some at no cost. We love our neighborhood school and want to help make it more academic.

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