Columbia Elementary is a community comprised of a suburban area 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 achieve at high levels. 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 and appreciate active parent participation in all aspects of education.
- Columbia serves 640 students from kindergarten through sixth grade on a traditional schedule. Traditional school will begin the later part of August and go until June. All students are on the same schedule; having the same days off. Please check the Jordan School District website for yearly beginning dates, days off, and last day of school.
- Columbia 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. Our teachers voluntarily spend hundreds of hours each year in graduate level college courses and in- service training to improve and enrich student learning. Our teachers believe and work hard to ensure every child learns at high levels.
- The curriculum meets or exceeds all District and state requirements. Columbia is committed to a 3-hour literacy block and a 90-minute math block. Where teachers use research-based instruction.
- Computers, I pads, and educational software are available for student use.
- Columbia has a strong and supportive PTA and School Community Council.
- Hot breakfast and 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.
- Columbia was named in honor of the space shuttle and has an unusual collection of NASA memorabilia.
In 2018-19, the name for the statewide grades 3-8 assessment was changed from SAGE to RISE (Readiness. Improvement. Success. Empowerment). In all other aspects, the assessment remains the same. RISE is a collection of computer-adaptive assessments given to Utah students beginning in grade 3 (science in grade 4) in English language arts (ELA), math and science. RISE 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.
RISE assessments were developed through a joint effort on the part of Utah teachers, parents, test development experts, and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). The RISE assessment, together with the state’s suite of assessments in grades K-12, provide information to assist in determining students’ progress towards being prepared for college and careers upon completion of secondary school. Due to the school soft closure in March 2020, scores are not available for the 2019-20 school year.
School Accountability Report Cards
School Accountability Report Cards are issued for each public school once a year by the State of Utah. The 2017-18 school year marks the first report card under this new accountability system. Elementary and middle school report cards have four main grade categories: achievement, growth, English learner progress, and growth of the lowest 25%. High schools have one additional grade category entitled postsecondary readiness. For the 2017-18 school year, achievement and growth scores are calculated from the statewide end-of-year SAGE assessment. In future years, achievement and growth will be calculated from the new Readiness. Improvement. Success. Empowerment. (RISE) assessment for grades 3-8 and the Utah Aspire Plus assessment for grades 9-10. The English learner progress category score is calculated from the annual administration of the WIDA test, which assesses students’ language proficiency in English. For high schools, the postsecondary readiness score is calculated from 11th grade performance on the ACT, advanced coursework performance, and graduation rates. The state’s School Accountability Report Cards are intended to inform educators, parents, and community stakeholders about school performance as they work collaboratively to improve student outcomes. Due to the school soft closure in March 2020, scores are not available for the 2019-20 school year.
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