In 2016, Central Columbia High School graduation rate was 90.44%.2015 - 92.75%
2014 - 86.5%
2013 - 86%.
2012 - 87%
2011 - 86%
2010 - 80%
Former AYP graduation rate:2010 - 96%
2009 - 96%
2008 - 95%
2007 - 95%
SPP 2016 - 93.4 out of 100 points. Central Columbia High School Keystone Exams mandated testing results were: 91.9% of students were on grade level in reading.literature and 92.5% of students demonstrated on grade level in Algebra I. In Biology I, 93.5% of pupils demonstrated on grade level science understanding at the end of the Biology course. The requirement that pupils pass the Keystone Exams in reading, algebra I and bIology I in order to graduate was postponed until 2019 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly because less than 60% of 12 grade pupils statewide would have been eligible for graduation from high school due to failing one or more Keystone Exams.
Central Columbia High School achieved a score of 78.5 out of 100. The PDE reported that 80% of the High School’s students were on grade level in reading/literature. In Algebra 1, 76% of students showed on grade level skills at the end of the course. In Biology I, 76% demonstrated on grade level science understanding at the end of the course. Statewide, 53 percent of schools with an eleventh grade achieved an academic score of 70 or better. Five percent of the 2,033 schools with 11th grade were scored at 90 and above; 20 percent were scored between 80 and 89; 28 percent between 70 and 79; 25 percent between 60 and 69 and 22 percent below 60. The Keystone Exam results showed: 73 percent of students statewide scored at grade-level in English, 64 percent in Algebra I and 59 percent in biology.
Central Columbia High School achieved 79.9 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature 74.5% of pupils were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 76% showed on grade level skills. In Biology, 80% demonstrated on grade level science understanding at the end of the course. Statewide, the percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in Algebra I increased to 39.7% to 40.1%. The percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in reading/literature declined to 52.5%. The percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in biology improved from 39.7% to 41.4%.
Central Columbia High School achieved 84.3 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 86% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 79% showed on grade level skills at the end of the course. In Biology, 79% showed on grade level science understanding. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,181 public schools (less than 73 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher. Pennsylvania 11th grade students no longer take the PSSAs. Instead, they now take the Keystone Exams at the end of the associated course.
From 2003 through 2012, Central Columbia High School achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status each school year.
Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, commonly called PSSAs are No Child Left Behind Act related examinations which were administered from 2003 through 2012. The exams were administered in the Spring of each school year. The goal was for 100% of students to be on grade level or better in reading and mathematics, by the Spring of 2014. The tests focused on the state's Academic Standards for reading, writing, mathematics and science. The Science exam included content in science, technology, ecology and the environmental studies. The mathematics exam included: algebra I, algebra II, geometry and trigonometry. The standards were first published in 1998 and are mandated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.
In 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania changed its high school assessments to the Keystone Exams in Algebra 1, Reading/literature and Biology1. The exams are given at the end of the course, rather than all in the spring of the student's 11th grade year.11th grade Reading
2012 - 78% on grade level, (10% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level.
2011 - 78% (9% below basic). State - 69.1% Of the 18 CSIU16 region high schools, Central Columbia High School ranked 3rd for reading achievement.
2010 - 78%, State - 67%. Of the 18 CSIU16 region high schools, Central Columbia High School ranked 5th for reading achievement.
2009 - 83%, State - 65%. Of the CSIU16 region high schools, Central Columbia High School ranked 3rd for reading achievement.
2008 - 78%, State - 65%
2007 - 76%, State - 65%
11th grade Mathematics
2012 - 67% on grade level (18% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.
2011 - 69.4% (13% below basic). State - 60.3%. Of the 18 high schools in Central Susquehanna IU16, Central Columbia High School ranked 5th for math achievement of 11th graders.
2010 - 65%, State - 59%. Of the 18 high schools in Central Susquehanna IU16, Central Columbia High School ranked 8th for math achievement of 11th graders.
2009 - 74%, State - 56%. Of the Central Susquehanna IU16 high schools, Central Columbia High School ranked 2nd for math achievement of 11th graders.
2008 - 60%, State - 56%
2007 - 67%, State - 53%
11th grade Science
2012 - 64% on grade level (5% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.
2011 - 50% (5% below basic). State - 40%. Of the Central Susquehanna IU16 high schools, Central Columbia High School ranked 7th for Science achievement of 11th graders.
2010 - 51%, State - 39%
2009 - 61%, State - 40%
2008 - 54%, State - 35.5%
2007 - tested scores withheld from public.
Central Columbia High School was ranked 76th out of 609 Pennsylvania high schools for combined 2006 PSSA scores for 11th graders.
According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 14% of Central Columbia High School graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges. Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading, or English.
The school offers two academic sequences: career prep and college prep. College prep is for students planning on attending either two or four year college degree programs. This sequence offers the typical courses that would be encountered to prepare a student for college, including four years of English; four years of science, including biology and chemistry; four years of social studies, including American history and world cultures; and four years of mathematics, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and elementary functions. Foreign language classes in Spanish and French are also offered, in addition to classes in the arts, including band, chorus, and painting classes. Career prep is for those who do not plan to attend college (but still can choose to do so); students take classes in practical skill areas, such as agriculture or industrial technology. The skills learned in these classes prepare students for entry into the workforce.
Central Columbia High School and Middle School took advantage of a state program called Science in Motion which brought college professors and sophisticated science equipment to the school to raise science awareness and to provide inquiry-based experiences for the students. The Science in Motion program was funded by a state appropriation and cost the school nothing to participate. Susquehanna University provided the science enrichment experiences to schools in the region.
Central Columbia High School offers six technology courses including: several Manufacturing, Energy & Power Engineering and Transportation Engineering. The department also manages the TSA program (Technology Student Association). The Central Columbia High School Industrial Technology teachers and Ag. Science teachers collaborate to provide group projects for the students to complete outside of the regular school day.
Among Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts, graduation requirements widely vary. The Central Columbia School Board has determined that a pupil must earn 24 credits to graduate, including: a required classes in: math, English, social studies, science, Physical Education and electives.
By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students were required to complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district. Effective with the graduating class of 2017, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education eliminated the state mandate that students complete a culminating project in order to graduate.
By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, beginning with the class of 2017, public school students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature by passing the Keystone Exams. For the class of 2019, a composition exam will be added. For the class of 2020, passing a civics and government exam will be added to the graduation requirements. In 2011, Pennsylvania high school students field tested the Algebra 1, Biology and English Lit exams. The statewide results were: Algebra 1 38% on grade level, Biology 35% on grade level and English Lit - 49% on grade level. Individual student, school or district reports were not made public, although they were reported to district officials by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students identified as having special needs and qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.
In 2013, Central Columbia High School offered 5 Advanced Placement (AP) courses at a higher cost than the other high school classes. Students have the option of taking College Board approved courses and then taking the College Board's examination in the Spring. Students, who achieve a 3 or better on the exam, may be awarded college credits at US universities and colleges. Each higher education institution sets its own standards about what level of credits are awarded to a student based on their AP exam score. Most higher education give credits for scores of 4 or 5. Some schools also give credits for scores of 3. High schools give credits towards graduation to students who take the school's AP class. At Central Columbia High School 53% of students who took an AP course earned a 3 or better on the exam.2014, 79% of the pupils, at Central Columbia High School, that took an AP course achieved a 3 or better on the College Board AP exam.
2015, 69% of the pupils, at Central Columbia HIgh School, that took an AP course achieved a 3 or better on the College Board AP exam.
2016, 99% of the pupils, at Central Columbia HIgh School, that took an AP course achieved a 3 or better on the College Board AP exam.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in English, mathematics, history, and science, in 2005. In 2005, 70 students took courses and 140 tests were taken.English – 74.2% earned a 3 or better (state – 67.2%)
Mathematics – 78% earned a 3 or better (state – 72.3%)
History – 68.4% earned a 3 or better (state – 66.9%)
Science – 73.3% earned a 3 or better (state – 64.8%)
Central Columbia High School offers a dual enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses may count towards high school graduation requirements, but only towards earning a college degree. Bloomsburg University courses do not count as part of the student’s grade point average (GPA). The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate to a pre-determined number of students. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books. Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions. The Pennsylvania College Credit Transfer System reported in 2009, that students saved nearly $35.4 million by having their transferred credits count towards a degree under the new system. For the 2009–10 funding year, Central Columbia School District received a state grant of $4,908 for the program. In 2010, Governor Edward Rendell eliminated the grants to students, from the Commonwealth, due to a state budget crisis. Under state rules, other students that reside in the district, who attend a private school, a charter school or are homeschooled are eligible to participate in this program.
In 2015, 94 Central Columbia High School students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 513. The Math average score was 539. The Writing average score was 490. The College Board also reported that statewide 96,826 pupils took the exams with average scores declining in all three measurers to: 495 in reading, 511 in math and 484 in writing.
In 2014, 107 Central Columbia School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 517. The Math average score was 523. The Writing average score was 491. Statewide in Pennsylvania, Verbal Average Score was 497. The Math average score was 504. The Writing average score was 480. The College Board also reported that nationwide scores were: 497 in reading, 513 in math and 487 in writing. In 2014, 1,672,395 students took the SATs in the United States.
In 2013, 116 Central Columbia School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 499. The Math average score was 506. The Writing average score was 490. The College Board reported that statewide scores were: 494 in reading, 504 in math and 482 in writing. The nationwide SAT results were the same as in 2012.
In 2012, 125 Central Columbia School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 505. The Math average score was 510. The Writing average score was 478. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, and 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400.
In 2011, 114 Central Columbia School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 492. The Math average score was 498. The Writing average score was 475. Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479. In the United States, 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.
Central Columbia School District students have access to Bloomsburg University's Summer College and Advanced College Experience (ACE) during the summer of their sophomore, junior and senior years (after high school graduation). Tuition is deeply discounted to 75% of the regular student rate. Successful students earn college credits that can be transferred to other Pennsylvania public colleges and universities through the Pennsylvania TRAC system.
Project 720 was a high school reform program implemented for three years under the Rendell administration. The intent was to increase academic rigor and improve the instruction of teachers in the Commonwealth’s high schools. Teachers were expected to use data driven instructional practices and to meet the needs of diverse learners. The 720 in the name referred to the number of days a student was in high school in ninth through 12th grades. High schools applied for funding and were required to agree to report to the PDE their plans, their actions and the outcomes. In 2007-08 budget year, the Commonwealth provided $11 million in funding. Central Columbia School District was one of 161 PA public school districts to apply, receiving $114,478 funding over three years. For 2010-11, Project 720 funding was decreased to $1.7 million by Governor Rendell. The grant program was discontinued effective with the 2011-12 state budget.
The Classroom for the Future state program provided districts with hundreds of thousands of extra state funding to buy laptop computers for each core curriculum high school class (English, Science, History, Math) and paid for teacher training to optimize the computers use. The program was funded from 2006 to 2009. The Central Columbia School District did not apply to participate in 2006-07. In 2007-08, the District received $203,921. The high school also received $45,413 in 2008-09, for a total funding of $249,334. Among the public school districts in Columbia County the highest award was given to Berwick Area School District which received $403,446. The highest funding statewide was awarded to Philadelphia City School District in Philadelphia County - $9,409,073. The grant program was discontinued by Governor Edward Rendell as part of the 2009-10 state budget.
Central Columbia Cyber Academy is an extension of the School District's educational offerings. This program is offered to students in grades 6 through 12. Each student receives a Central Columbia School District diploma upon successful completion of the courses requirements permitting graduating from the Cyber Academy.
Central Columbia High School administration reported there were seven incidents of bullying in the School in 2012. Additionally, there were 3 cases of assault on a student and no sexual incidents involving students. The local law enforcement was involved in ten (10) incidents at the school, concluding with four arrests. There were several weapons violations including one gun at school and two knives Each year the school safety data is reported by the Central Columbia School District to the Safe School Center which then publishes the compiled reports online.
The federal No Child Left Behind Act established the Unsafe School Choice Option. Each state that receives federal funds was mandated to establish a statewide policy requiring that a student at a "persistently dangerous" public school be allowed to transfer/enroll in a safe public school. The policy permitted a student who becomes the victim of a violent criminal offense, while in or on the grounds of any public school that he or she attends, to transfer to a safe public school. Each year since 2006, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has released a list of Persistently Dangerous Schools. Central Columbia School District schools have not been on the lists.
The Central Columbia School Board has provided the district's antibully policy online. All Pennsylvania schools are required to have an anti-bullying policy incorporated into their Code of Student Conduct. The policy must identify disciplinary actions for bullying and designate a school staff person to receive complaints of bullying. The policy must be available on the school's website and posted in every classroom. All Pennsylvania public schools must provide a copy of its anti-bullying policy to the Office for Safe Schools every year, and shall review their policy every three years. Additionally, the District must conduct an annual review of that policy with students. The Center for Schools and Communities works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist schools and communities as they research, select and implement bullying prevention programs and initiatives.
Education standards relating to student safety and anti harassment programs are described in the 10.3. Safety and Injury Prevention in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education.
In 2013, Central Columbia School District did not participate in a state Safe Schools Targeted Grant. The maximum of $25,000 grants were awarded through a competitive application process. The funds must be used for research based interventions, like: peer mediation, staff training in managing behavioral issues and creating a positive school climate. The School also did not participate in a school police officer funding program.
In July 2011, the District's Administration launched an effort to raise $1.5 million to enhance the athletic facilities.
Central Columbia School Board established a District Student Wellness Policy in 2006. The policy deals with nutritious meals served at school, the control of access to some foods and beverages during school hours, age appropriate nutrition education for all students, and physical education for students K-12. The policy is in response to state mandates and federal legislation (P.L. 108 – 265). The law dictates that each school district participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) "shall establish a local school wellness policy by School Year 2006." Most districts identified the superintendent and school foodservice director as responsible for ensuring local wellness policy implementation.
The legislation placed the responsibility of developing a wellness policy at the local level so the individual needs of each district can be addressed. According to the requirements for the Local Wellness Policy, school districts must set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, campus food provision, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness. Additionally, districts were required to involve a broad group of individuals in policy development and to have a plan for measuring policy implementation. Districts were offered a choice of levels of implementation for limiting or prohibiting low nutrition foods on the school campus. In final implementation these regulations prohibit some foods and beverages on the school campus. The Pennsylvania Department of Education required the district to submit a copy of the policy for approval.
The Central Columbia High School offers both a free school breakfast and a free or reduced-price lunch to children in low income families. All students attending the school can eat breakfast and lunch. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are provided a breakfast and lunch at no cost to the family. Children from families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level can be charged no more than 30 cents per breakfast. A foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is eligible for both a free breakfast and a free lunch. Runaway, homeless and Migrant Youth are also automatically eligible for free meals. The meals are partially funded with federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture.
In 2013, the USDA issued new restrictions to foods in public schools. The rules apply to foods and beverages sold on all public school district campuses during the day. They limit vending machine snacks to a maximum of 200 calories per item. Additionally, all snack foods sold at school must meet competitive nutrient standards, meaning they must have fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein in them or contain at least 10 percent of the daily value of fiber, calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. In order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 all US public school districts are required to raise the price of their school lunches to $2.60 regardless of the actual cost of providing the lunch. In 2014, President Obama ordered a prohibition of advertisements for unhealthy foods on public school campuses during the school day.
Central Columbia High School provides health services as mandated by the Commonwealth and the federal government. Nurses are available in each building to conduct annual health screenings (data reported to the PDE and state Department of Health) and to dispense prescribed medications to students during the school day. Students can be excluded from school unless they comply with all the State Department of Health’s extensive immunization mandates. School nurses monitor each pupil for this compliance. Nurses also monitor each child's weight, reporting annual data to the state.
In 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Health distributed to each Pennsylvania high school the overdose antidote drug naloxone in a nasal spray. School nurses were also provided with educational materials and training developed by the National Association of School Nurses. The cost was covered by a grant from a private foundation.
The Central Columbia School District offers a wide variety of clubs, activities and an extensive, costly sports program. Eligibility for participation is determined by school board policy and in compliance with standards set by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). The District is noncompliant with state law, due to failing to post its Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities Disclosure Form on its website. The sports programs are through the Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. The Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference is a voluntary association of 25 PIAA High Schools within the central Pennsylvania region.
According to PA Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act 126 of 2014, all volunteer coaches and all those who assist in student activities, must have criminal background checks. Like all school district employees, they must also attend an anti child abuse training once every three years.
By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students residing in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.
Arts - Chorus, Concert Band, Dance Club, Drama/Musical Club, Marching Band, Stage Crew, Light & Sound Stage Band. Advisors receive additional compensation for heading these clubs, as outline in the teachers' union contract.
Clubs - National Honor Society, Audio-Visual, C.A.R.E.Club, Forensics (Speech and Debate), Math Club, Science Club, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions, Literary Club, German Club, FBLA, FFA, TSA and many more. Advisors receive additional compensation for heading these clubs, as outline in the teachers' union contract.
According to Pennsylvania’s Safety in Youth Sports Act, all sports coaches, paid and volunteer, are required to annually complete the Concussion Management Certification Training and present the certification before coaching.
The Central Columbia athletics programs have had limited success in recent years. The swimming and diving team, especially the girls, is usually one of the best in the district. The girls' basketball and softball teams are also perennial contenders. The Athletic Director is Kevin Morgan and the Assistant Athletic Director is Doug Brown. Coaches receive additional compensation as outline in the teachers' union contract. Where a sports team competes beyond the regular season additional payments are made to the coaching staff.Varsity
According to PIAA directory July 2015