Christopher Columbus Charter School

Summary:

Christopher Columbus Charter School is a public charter elementary school serving 862 students in grades K-8 in Philadelphia, PA. The school stands out for its diverse student population, strong academic performance, and positive outcomes for specific student subgroups compared to nearby public schools.

One key differentiator is the school's racial makeup, with a higher percentage of White (49.3%) and Asian (13.69%) students compared to the surrounding Philadelphia City School District. Academically, Christopher Columbus Charter School consistently outperforms the district and the state of Pennsylvania on PSSA tests, particularly in Math and English Language Arts. The school also ranks highly among Pennsylvania elementary schools for specific student subgroups, including African American, Hispanic, English Language Learner, Low Socio-Economic Status, and Disabled students.

Additionally, Christopher Columbus Charter School maintains a 0% dropout rate, significantly lower than nearby public schools. While the school's spending per student has fluctuated over the years, it has maintained a relatively low student-teacher ratio comparable to or better than the surrounding schools. Overall, Christopher Columbus Charter School appears to provide a diverse, high-performing educational environment, with strong outcomes for a variety of student populations compared to the Philadelphia City School District and other nearby public schools.


Detail:

Public, Charter K-8

 1242-46 S 13th St
       Philadelphia, PA  19147-4528


(215) 389-6000

District: Christopher Columbus Charter School

SchoolDigger Rank:
834th of 1,534 Pennsylvania Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $164 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  14.1 Help
Number of students:  862

Racial breakdown:

White:
49.3%
African American:
17.4%
Asian:
13.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  40.7% Help


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Compare Details Christopher Columbus Charter School ranks worse than 54.4% of elementary schools in Pennsylvania. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 52.57. (See more...)
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Compare Details Christopher Columbus Charter School ranks better than 65.2% of middle schools in Pennsylvania. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 64.24. (See more...)
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Christopher Columbus Charter School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (49.3%), African American (17.4%), Asian (13.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 40.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Christopher Columbus Charter School is 14.1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Christopher Columbus Charter School is $164.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Christopher Columbus Charter School:

SchoolDigger ranks Christopher Columbus Charter School 834th of 1534 Pennsylvania public elementary schools. (See Christopher Columbus Charter School in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Christopher Columbus Charter School 311th of 893 Pennsylvania public middle schools. (See Christopher Columbus Charter School in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Christopher Columbus Charter School 282nd of 606 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Christopher Columbus Charter School

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 19.25 1095th 1302 15.9%
2004 19.03 1092nd 1308 16.5%
2005 21.80 1089th 1299 16.2%
2006 21.45 1332nd 1545 13.8%
2007 30.45 1262nd 1555 18.8%
2008 42.30 1116th 1551 28.0%
2009 41.61 1126th 1549 27.3%
2010 36.12 1227th 1579 22.3%
2011 27.80 1330th 1597 16.7%
2012 30.99 1289th 1599 19.4%
2015 42.39 980th 1474 33.5%
2016 48.51 956th 1554 38.5%
2017 52.67 878th 1547 43.2%
2018 57.89 772nd 1530 49.5%
2019 51.02 908th 1544 41.2%
2022 52.04 860th 1534 43.9%
2023 52.57 834th 1534 45.6%
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Rank History for elementary school English Language Learner students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 66.78 43rd 196 78.1%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 73.80 299th 1414 78.9%
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Rank History for elementary school Disabled students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 63.35 281st 1043 73.1%
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Rank History for elementary school Asian students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 47.93 98th 160 38.8%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 62.93 125th 437 71.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Hispanic students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 60.22 153rd 432 64.6%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 39.69 822nd 1236 33.5%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Christopher Columbus Charter School

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Rank History for all middle school students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 29.26 545th 687 20.7%
2006 31.36 576th 736 21.7%
2007 39.02 536th 749 28.4%
2008 45.33 505th 753 32.9%
2009 56.70 407th 770 47.1%
2010 56.62 418th 805 48.1%
2011 54.34 467th 825 43.4%
2012 59.83 410th 834 50.8%
2015 56.91 379th 835 54.6%
2016 63.11 334th 870 61.6%
2017 60.56 363rd 877 58.6%
2018 67.00 290th 861 66.3%
2019 61.45 373rd 891 58.1%
2022 61.80 325th 883 63.2%
2023 64.24 311th 893 65.2%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 83.99 75th 874 91.4%
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Rank History for middle school Disabled students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 88.68 35th 660 94.7%
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Rank History for middle school Asian students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 48.21 85th 144 41.0%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 67.22 94th 421 77.7%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 73.64 66th 362 81.8%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Christopher Columbus Charter School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 55.85 269th 681 60.5%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Christopher Columbus Charter School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2000 112 199 3 12 2 n/a n/a 0 328
2001 160 239 6 18 1 n/a n/a 0 424
2002 247 295 22 20 2 n/a n/a 0 586
2003 247 295 22 20 2 n/a n/a 0 586
2004 290 306 33 26 2 n/a n/a 0 657
2005 298 278 35 21 1 n/a n/a 0 633
2006 372 338 39 29 0 n/a n/a 0 778
2007 384 344 45 33 1 n/a n/a 0 807
2008 388 300 45 40 2 n/a n/a 0 775
2009 402 273 54 39 2 n/a n/a 9 779
2010 399 253 67 47 2 n/a n/a 10 778
2011 401 237 67 49 0 0 15 0 769
2012 414 215 78 53 0 0 21 0 781
2013 420 200 83 54 0 0 22 0 779
2014 430 184 87 61 0 0 32 0 794
2015 432 175 92 71 0 0 36 0 806
2016 460 154 81 64 0 0 41 0 800
2017 468 148 87 63 0 0 52 0 818
2018 496 140 91 65 0 0 67 0 859
2019 494 143 83 119 0 0 60 0 899
2020 526 143 91 134 0 0 54 0 948
2021 485 142 101 125 0 0 47 0 900
2022 442 145 115 115 0 0 44 0 861
2023 425 150 118 118 0 0 51 0 862

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Christopher Columbus Charter School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 328 21.0 15.6 0
2001 424 26.0 16.3 0
2002 586 36.0 16.3 58.5
2003 586 36.0 16.3 58.5
2004 657 42.0 15.6 54.9
2005 633 45.0 14.1 54.2
2006 778 48.0 16.2 66.3
2007 807 49.4 16.3 n/a
2008 775 48.8 15.9 n/a
2009 779 48.8 16.0 n/a
2010 778 50.8 15.3 66.8
2011 769 49.2 15.6 64.1
2012 781 50.8 15.3 64.9
2013 779 50.2 15.5 66.4
2014 794 51.2 15.5 65.4
2015 806 52.0 15.5 66.7
2016 800 51.0 15.6 100
2017 818 52.0 15.7 n/a
2018 859 52.2 16.4 n/a
2019 899 52.4 17.1 99.4
2020 948 54.4 17.4 n/a
2021 900 56.4 15.9 70.3
2022 861 56.0 15.3 54.5
2023 862 60.8 14.1 40.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Christopher Columbus Charter School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2000 328 21.0 15.6 0
2001 424 26.0 16.3 0
2002 586 36.0 16.3 58.5
2003 586 36.0 16.3 58.5
2004 657 42.0 15.6 54.9
2005 633 45.0 14.1 54.2
2006 778 48.0 16.2 66.3
2007 807 49.4 16.3 n/a
2008 775 48.8 15.9 n/a
2009 779 48.8 16.0 n/a
2010 778 50.8 15.3 66.8
2011 769 49.2 15.6 64.1
2012 781 50.8 15.3 64.9
2013 779 50.2 15.5 66.4
2014 794 51.2 15.5 65.4
2015 806 52.0 15.5 66.7
2016 800 51.0 15.6 100
2017 818 52.0 15.7 n/a
2018 859 52.2 16.4 n/a
2019 899 52.4 17.1 99.4
2020 948 54.4 17.4 n/a
2021 900 56.4 15.9 70.3
2022 861 56.0 15.3 54.5
2023 862 60.8 14.1 40.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Christopher Columbus Charter School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $74 (100.0%) $00 (0.0%) $74
2020 $69 (100.0%) $00 (0.0%) $69
2021 $72 (46.2%) $84 (53.8%) $156
2022 $76 (46.3%) $88 (53.7%) $164

Data source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Christopher Columbus Charter School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 908th of 1544 Elementary schoolsRanks 834th of 1534 Elementary schools
 4.4%
Ranks 373rd of 891 Middle schoolsRanks 311th of 893 Middle schools
 7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Math (Christopher Columbus Charter School)52.938.9
 14%
   3rd Grade Math (Pennsylvania)5651.7
 4.3%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Christopher Columbus Charter School)69.262.7
 6.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)61.954
 7.9%
4th Grade Math (Christopher Columbus Charter School)28.224.2
 4%
   4th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)46.246.5
 0.3%
4th Grade Science (Christopher Columbus Charter School)77.775.8
 1.9%
   4th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)77.874.1
 3.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Christopher Columbus Charter School)72.849.5
 23.3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)63.651.8
 11.8%
5th Grade Math (Christopher Columbus Charter School)47.558
 10.5%
   5th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)4342.7
 0.3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Christopher Columbus Charter School)62.655.9
 6.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)58.553.6
 4.9%
6th Grade Math (Christopher Columbus Charter School)24.332.7
 8.4%
   6th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)3936.4
 2.6%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Christopher Columbus Charter School)64.160.8
 3.3%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)6355.6
 7.4%
7th Grade Math (Christopher Columbus Charter School)48.432.3
 16.1%
   7th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)38.233.2
 5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Christopher Columbus Charter School)81.771.1
 10.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.554.5
 6%
8th Grade Math (Christopher Columbus Charter School)25.317.2
 8.1%
   8th Grade Math (Pennsylvania)32.226
 6.2%
8th Grade Science (Christopher Columbus Charter School)54.559.2
 4.7%
   8th Grade Science (Pennsylvania)58.257
 1.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Christopher Columbus Charter School)68.372
 3.7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)57.952.8
 5.1%
All Grades Math (Christopher Columbus Charter School)38.133.8
 4.3%
   All Grades Math (Pennsylvania)42.439.3
 3.1%
All Grades Science (Christopher Columbus Charter School)67.667.7
 0.1%
   All Grades Science (Pennsylvania)6865.6
 2.4%
All Grades English Language Arts (Christopher Columbus Charter School)69.761.9
 7.8%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Pennsylvania)60.953.8
 7.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students899862
 4.1%
African American143150
 4.9%
American Indian00
Asian83118
 42.2%
Hispanic119118
 0.8%
Pacific Islander00
White494425
 14%
Two or More Races6051
 15%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients99.4%40.7%
 58.7%


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Christopher Columbus Charter School ranks 834th of 1534 Pennsylvania elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Christopher Columbus Charter School are 49% White, 17% African American, 14% Asian, 14% Hispanic, 6% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 862 students attended Christopher Columbus Charter School.


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