School Details

Columbia High School

P O Box 158, West Columbia, TX 77486
(979) 345-5147

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 845 students 17 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Columbia High School is a public high school in West Columbia. The principal of Columbia High School is CHRIS MILLER and can be contacted at 845 children attend Columbia High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 0.6% of the Columbia High School students have "limited English proficiency." 36% of the 845 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 46% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Columbia High School is 17:1. Brazoria Co J J A E P is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 58% 58%
Hispanic 28% 28%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.6%
Asian 0.4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 53%
Limited English proficiency 0.6% 4%
Economically disadvantaged 36% 47%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    West columbia high school shouldn't of had that HUGE drug bust. which lead to a horrible reputation for the school and its studends and over all the teachers and the rest of the staff. They are more focused on tasks more then the actually studies they will need for college the dress code is to strict and put to much pressure on there students and they care more about their salary then the actually education the students need and therefore the students need more apprectiation and help with their studies West columbia high school didn't help teach my child how to prepare for college and my child was a straight A student. The whole staff chose favorites amoung the students and cused way to much for my apprication.

  • (7 years ago)

    Columbia High School is a relatively small high school and has a great number of dual credit courses with Brazosport College. It has a wide array of classes to address the diverse student needs. It is amazing how many students secure scholarships to further their education how involved most kids are in different programs such music sports dance theatre arts and academic venues. The overall discipline is pretty good kids feel safe there are a few problems from time to time but they are not the main focus. There are some teachers that go above and beyond and connect with the kids and there are some that are adequate but we have not experienced a teacher that is really poor. The level of acdemics could be more rigorous but it is good. For an out of the way high school there is lots to offer and lots of staff who care.

  • (8 years ago)

    Columbia High School is a sad excuse for an educational institution. Unless a student is an athelete they pretty much get lost in the system. The emphasis seems to be on negative reinforcement with very few positives offered to a student who struggles. In situations in which a student struggles academically punishment rather than reinforcement seems to be the solution.

  • (8 years ago)

    I graduated from CHS 6 years ago. This school did NOT prepare me for college - and not because I was a slacker or didn't try. I was an A/B student and was enrolled in AP classes but I had trouble in basic math and science courses. The majority of teachers there care more about Taks scores and dress code rather than educating. The ones who truly care are few and far between. If you are white straight and christian and prefer not to associate with anyone who is not like you - this is the school for you otherwise you will just be dissapointed.

  • (8 years ago)

    Columbia High School is a very good school! I am very pleased with their athletic program. The Girls Softball team won state this year got second last year. The band is the best band in our Region. They tied for 10th at their area competition. that is the best they have ever done. Columbia High school has great academic programs and lots of parents are involved in their child's education. I think Columbia High School is a great school that keeps improving.

  • (8 years ago)

    Columbia High one of the best High Schools in Brazoria County. TAKS scores prove it top to bottom in all sub-pops. The athletic programs are in great shape; however funding is NOT adequate for athletics. Booster club has 100% funded the 5000sq ft weight room the field house addition and the student athletes' fundraisers have paid for the weight equipment for weight room and lockers for FH addition.

  • (9 years ago)

    Columbia has a number of strong areas of instruction and departments with experienced and dedicated teachers but the school itself suffers from a systemic lack of emphasis on academic performance - students' academic success and achievements take a very subordinated back seat to the athletics programs particularly football which dominate the school and the community's attention as well as the administration's budgetary discussions. There is accordingly a satisfying amount of support by parents and the community for the school especially for such a rural region though unfortunately not for academic pursuits. Music programs are historically fair though availability of private instruction is limited. Advised creative writing journalism and specialized language cultural and other clubs are available. Agricultral education program is prominent and fairly popular as might well be expected in this community.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think West Columbia overall is a fairly ok school. I just wish they would make some major dress code modifications as does everyone else at my school. We have a very good fine arts department and the sports are alright. They seem not to care so much about our academics as they do about the way we dress which can get really annoying because alot of us kids are truly interested in academics and not so much in the way we dress. If I somehow got to make all the decisions at the school I would definately make some changes. But like I said overall it's not like a terrible school I'm sure every school has its problems. Just that sometimes it seems like ours has a whole lot more.

  • (10 years ago)

    I find this school district to be academically well above average and most of the teachers are truly interested in the betterment of the students.

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