My daughter just started at this school but we love it so far the academics the location it is a great school I almost don't ever want to move unless she could still go to that scool
Southside Elementary School is a public middle school in Columbus. The principal of Southside Elementary School is Mr Jeff Backmeyer. 952 children attend Southside Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 14% of the Southside Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 22% of the 952 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Southside Elementary School is 24:1. Central Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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|American Indian/Alaskan Native||1%||0.7%|
|Native American or Native Alaskan||1%||0.7%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0.1%||0.07%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||22%||42%|
|Limited English proficiency||14%||8%|
Southside elementary school has some great programs if your child can get into them. The problems I have with this school are first during my daughter's 3rd grade two teachers combined classes for both math and writing out of sheer laziness meaning that in each subject there were 60 kids! My daughter was intimidated due to the size and fell behind. As a result this year I pulled her out of Southside and have been homeschooling her to get her caught up. My son who is a first grader has had a much better experience. He had Mrs. Gross for Kindergarten and Mrs. Mann for 1st grade both of whom are exceptional teachers. My second bone to pick with Southside is the advanced programs they offer (Team and Academic Challenge). My daughter wanted desperately to get into the AC program but didn't test quite high enough. She was devastated. The AC kids and Team kids are given far more opportunities and are paraded around the school. I've talked to the administration about why they don't expand the program so the kids who want to be challenged have that opportunity and they chalk it up to funding. Why is it so difficult to train other teachers they already have on staff??
Southside Elementary is a great school. Coming from Georgia schools this school exceeds all expectations I had. Teacher/parent communication is great. Principals are involved. Many extracurricular activites for children to participate in. I've found that the staff is really concerned with the overall academic success of my children. I'd recommend this school to anyone. My 2nd and 5th graders would also agree.
The AC program at Southside was outstanding. The non-AC program was not. Small town politics matter here. A small group of parents run the school. Too many teachers have their own children in the school. Many teachers are just waiting on retirement.
I have five children and four have gone to Southside. They have all received an excellent education and are all high achieving. I credit this mostly to the caring teachers and awesome learning environment from the team class and AC gifted program. A big thanks to you all from a pleased parent!