Columbia Elementary is located in a rapidly growing area of West Jordan City. The school community is comprised of suburban and rural areas with a high number of modern, middle-income homes. Columbia’s teachers are committed to academic excellence. Their goal is to provide a caring learning environment where students can thrive and perform to their highest level of ability. Students are taught self-respect and respect for the rights and property of others as well as responsibility for their own behavior. The teachers encourage active parent participation in all aspects of education.
- Columbia serves 750 students from kindergarten through sixth grade on a year-round schedule. Students are registered on one of four attendance tracks and are typically in school for 45 days followed by 15 days of vacation. The school closes for a common vacation during July.
- The school opened in 1984 and was rebuilt in 2004.
- The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 22.50 in first grade, 1 to 22.80 in second grade, 1 to 24.30 in third grade, and 1 to 26.40 in grades four, five and six. The actual class sizes vary.
- Columbia has an excellent, well-trained staff. Each teacher is state certified. All staff members are formally evaluated on a regular basis.
- The curriculum meets or exceeds all District and state requirements. Columbia uses the Houghton Mifflin Reading Program and the Scott Foresman Math Program.
- Special services are available to students who have learning disabilities, speech or language difficulty, guidance needs, or who do not speak English at home.
- Computers and software are available for student use.
- Columbia enjoys the services of a supportive PTA and School Community Council.
- A hot lunch program is provided for students.
- Bus service is provided for students who live 1-1/2 miles or more from school.
- Visitors and school volunteers are always welcome at Columbia and asked to check in at the office upon arrival.
- Collectively, our faculty has nearly 400 years of teaching experience.
- Our teachers voluntarily spend hundreds of hours each year in graduate level college courses and in-service training to improve and enrich classroom teaching.
- Columbia was named in honor of the space shuttle and has an unusual collection of NASA memorabilia.
The Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) is a collection of computer-adaptive assessments given to Utah students beginning in grade 3. SAGE assessments provide questions that assess students’ ability to apply higher-order thinking skills and better emulate real tasks students may encounter in education and in life.
SAGE assessments were developed through a joint effort on the part of Utah teachers, parents, test development experts, and the Utah State Office of Education. SAGE assessments provide information to assist in determining students’ educational progress towards being ready for college and careers upon completion of secondary school.
PACE is an acronym given to Utah’s 2013 ten-year education and economic development plan. The plan includes four main components: Prepare young learners, Access for all students, Complete certificates and degrees, and Economic success (PACE). PACE Accountability Reports provide information regarding a school’s progress towards achieving components of the Governor’s education and economic development plan.
In lower and middle grades, PACE Accountability Reports display information regarding kindergarten readiness and SAGE assessment results for grades 3, 6, and 8. At the high school level, SAGE reports include graduation rates, ACT results, and college credit earned concurrent enrollment, advanced placement (AP), career and technical education (CTE), and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.
Begin at the D&RGW Railroad (approx. 4600 W.) and 7800 S.; east along 7800 S. (south side) to 2700 W.; south along 2700 W. (west side) to the D&RGW Railroad (approx. 8350 S.); southwest along the D&RGW Railroad (north side) to the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (approx. 2900 W.); north along the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (east side) to approx. 8100 S.; west along approx. 8100 S. (north side) to Bangerter Hwy.; south along Bangerter Hwy. (west side) to Old Bingham Hwy.; southwest along Old Bingham Hwy. (north side) to the D&RGW Railroad (approx. 4200 W.); northwest along the D&RGW Railroad (east side) to 7800 S.