Dear Parents and Columbia Community,
The Columbia Motto of Tradition, Pride, Excellence unfolds every day on our campus through dynamic teaching and learning and working with our community to provide a 21st century education for all students. Through the combined efforts of staff, students, and parents, our Columbia Eagle scholars are continually soaring to higher heights! Here is a closer examination of how we incorporate our motto into our beliefs and daily practice at Columbia:
As El Monte City School District's oldest school, Columbia has a storied history. A common theme in this history is the great achievements of Columbia alumni. Members of Congress, Federal, State, and local politicians, Olympic swimmers, professional athletes, our current superintendent, Dr. Maribel García, and of course staff members are just a few the exemplary alumni who are proud Columbia Eagles.
The heart of our tradition lies in the strength of our tight-knit community. Many afternoons and evenings Columbia is abuzz with extracurricular programming, adult classes, community forums, and performing arts events. Working closely with our community.
Eagle Pride and school spirit are strong forces that galvanize the Columbia Community. We are champions in the classroom and on the field. Our academic standing has risen dramatically in recent years and our current API of 826. Students at Columbia know the scores of their CST data as well as their local benchmark data. Our Accelerated Reader (AR) program has increased the number of words our students read each year as reflected by our growth in CST reading comprehension data. We are proud that our students set goals for themselves for the CST, benchmarks, and AR.
The Columbia athletic tradition is unparalleled in the El Monte City School District. Winners of a multitude of EMPR and ASPIRE Championships, Columbia is currently vying for a "four-peat" in boys and girls basketball and football. Columbia has also won championships in soccer and volleyball two of the last three years. No other school can lay claim to as many Run For Your Heart Sweepstakes as Columbia.
Our data show a progression towards excellence with our two district accountability goals: California Standards Test (CST) and the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Specifically, the El Monte City School District has set two goals for every school: that each student will improve by one band (i.e. proficient to advanced) every year. In both areas, Columbia's student outcomes on these measures have exceeded state averages.
The Columbia staff believes excellence begins with a belief in our students' ability to achieve at high levels. Our current curricula are based on the California State Standards yet we are beginning to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in anticipation of next year's new test. The Common Core—as it is frequently referred to—is an exciting move towards meeting the demands of the 21st century. Columbia is in the process of implementing lessons that incorporate deeper levels of understanding of complex texts, problem solving that moves beyond multiple choice and a significant increase in critical analysis of technology and media.
Columbia School is committed to building a college-going culture that prepares its students for the rigors of high school with a clear understanding of California's A-G requirements, financial literacy, as well as good work habits.