School Details

Columbia Central High School

921 Lion Pw, Columbia, TN 38401
(931) 381-2222

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1335 students 14 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Gateway/End-of-Course (GT/EOC)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. This year they introduced two new exams in algebra II and English III. Students must pass the algebra I, English II and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Maury County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Columbia Central High School is a public high school in Columbia. The principal of Columbia Central High School is Mrs. Cynthia Johnson, whose e-mail is 1,335 students attend Columbia Central High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 53% of the 1,335 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Columbia Central High School is 14:1. Santa Fe Unit School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 62% 72%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 31% 18%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Multiracial 0.7% 1%
Asian 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 57%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    the maintance of the school is horrible. the teachers really dont care about your academics . Guidence Conseluers just put you in classes you dont want. and then dont go over class change policy enough. thats why the drop out rate is so high at this school. Bathrooms are in terrible condition. The whole building needs to be torn down and rebuild. the administrators seem to be distant figures in the wind. NOT A FRIENDLY SCHOOL!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is so run down..needs a face-lift along with some faculty...can't wait for my child to be out of high school.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school is ghetto. It needs a makeover..and some of these teachers need to pay more attention to issues of bullying at the school..I don't feel much attention is given in these areas..not to mention used condoms have been found on school premises..they need to enforce stricter rules!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Fro years this school has gotten a bad rap. YOu have got to see for yourself not the truth. Every school has it's bad kids but this place is awesome! Great Staff that gives their all to the students. Great opportunities offered here while so many others h.s. do not. Highly recommend the band and ROTC. Teaches self discipline and old fashion manners. Very proud my child attends CCHS!

  • (4 years ago)

    We have been a part of this school for the past 3 years and been totally happy. My child has received everything she needs to have the greatest range of options available to her as she chooses a college. She has also been mentored and encouraged by outstanding teachers in the developed of all the skills that will allow for success in college and life. Totally pleased! Great School!

  • (4 years ago)

    We have a 9th grader that attends Central. We cannot say enough about the academics teachers and staff. It is a school that cannot be judged from the curb. You have to look inside to see what wonderful things are offered here. If your child has ability it can be nourishedl. I do not doubt my child can achieve the high goals she has set by attending Central.

  • (4 years ago)

    CHS is a great high school I provides an opportunity for students to receive a well rounded education regardless of their interest whether it is music or academics

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers and administrators at this school are GREAT. They care about the students and go way out of their way to help the students succeed!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have had two children who have graduated from Central High one in 2009. They both got a wonderful education. From art to algebra to zoo(small amimal care) the program is a quality one.The teachers are caring and the academics were great. Outside the classroom the events are well planned and well supervised. There is a very small percentage of students who are trouble makers they stay to themselves much of the time (birds of a feather). I never felt that my children were in danger or unsupervised. If I had other children i would send them to Central without reservation.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended CHS for four years it was the best experience of my life. The staff is wonderful and always admire an open mind in every student. The demographics when I attended were very severe. I was the first generation of Saturn kids completely educated in Maury county. I wish every day that I could just return to the life I had at CHS but it has prepared me for the life I have now. The good and the bad I deal with through my experiences and education at this amazing place. I love this school and its staff with all of my heart and I try to better myself everyday hoping to make them proud of me.

  • (5 years ago)

    as a former student of this school i also feel that there is a lot of peer pressure and you have to be strong minded. also some of the teachers tend to give up on students if they feel that the he/she shows little or no interest in the class instead of trying to push the student or make it interesting so that he might learn to like the class. as far as extracurricular activities they have the best!! especially band jrotc and mock trial. the school also has lost of fun things to do during the football season such as bon fires tail gating and the best pep rallies ever!!

  • (6 years ago)

    the academic offerings at this school are what my child needs to gone on and succeed in college.Opportunities abound for students to be engaged in numerous extracurricular activities. Recent ACT test results show the school to be exceeding the State and National average which is a great accomplishment and even greater if you take a look at the demographics of the school.

  • (7 years ago)

    If your child is prone to succumbing to peer pressure this is not the place for him or her. My daughter went from being an honor roll student at our school in Georgia to a bottom of the bucket student. Kids here apply lots of pressure especially to the girls. If you don't conform to a certain group of kids they will terrorize you. She hates school so much now the only way I could keep her going is to home school her. The faculty is overwhelmed by the number of students and the kids are just a number. Unless your child is an academic standout with lots of self-esteem this will be a painful 4(+?) years.

  • (9 years ago)

    Columbia Central is a wonderful school if your child is an outstanding student who requires little direction. My children have experienced what Central has to offer from both ends of the spectrum from high achievers to one who needed additional guidance which is apparently not available due to lack of resources. If your child can succeed without the assistance of teachers guidance and administration this is the school for you.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is an excellent school. The teachers expect great things from all there students and it shows in the results. From the principal on down professionalism is apparent in this faculty. The staff cares for their students and it is obvious in the climate of the building. The students have gone on to win scholarships at Ivy League schools as well as state schools. This school cares about the top middle and lower-tier students. They try to serve the best interests of all of them.

  • (10 years ago)

    Central high has a strong academic program an outstanding band. NJROTC is very strong active. Has a strong AP program many students in top colleges. The building is 40 years old -- kept clean but needs work. Administration is student oriented innovative very positive. Guidance department does a good job with college bound kids works hard with scholarships. They need more counselors however. Mass comm department is outstanding has national awards. Strong in art music. Strong parent involvement in band ROTC athletic boosters. A few parents in academic boosters.

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