The Columbus Staff includes 19 classroom teachers, 15 specialists, and 31 support staff members. We have specialists in the areas of Literacy, Music, Physical Education, Library/Media, Counseling, Title I, ELL, Math, Speech/Language and Special Education.
Columbus serves 525 students in kindergarten through fifth grade (including students in SLP and Lifeskills). Twenty-two percent (or 114) of our students are English Language Learners, and 63% participate in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. We have an average class size of 25 students in grades one through five, and the class size average for kindergarten is 20. Our demographics have remained relatively unchanged from last year. Our free/reduced lunch rate increased 5%, and our enrollment is about the same and within a few students of the district projection.
At Columbus, we have an ESD Lifeskills program with 10 students and a district special education classroom with 17 students. This is the sixth year of implementing a dual language (Spanish/English) program at Columbus. With the addition of the fifth grade dual language class, we now can offer the dual language program to students in all grades. Columbus offers an after school homework/intervention program called Power Hour and partners with Linfield College in the America Reads program, which brings student volunteers into the school to read with students. We also have volunteers reading with students through the SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) program.
The Columbus School mission statement is, “Empowering Children to be Responsible Life-long Learners.” We are dedicated to providing all students with the educational foundation necessary to succeed in school and in life. We make it a practice to focus on the individual learner and to maintain an atmosphere that meets the needs of all students, promotes success for all and fosters openness for change. Our teachers, specialists and educational assistants take this mission seriously and work together toward meeting student needs.