Columbia Elementary School

Public PK, KG-5

 2508 Utter St
       Bellingham, WA  98225-2799


(360) 676-6413

District: Bellingham School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
298th of 1,107 Washington Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,385 Help

Students who attend Columbia Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Whatcom Middle School
High:    Bellingham High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.8
Number of students:  261

Immunizations:

Fully immunized:
79.2%
Measles:
85.4%
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Racial breakdown:

White:
81.6%
Hispanic:
9.2%
Two or more races:
5.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  22.2%

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We updated the 2020-21 rankings and test scores for this school on Friday, February 11, 2022.

*Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on standardized testing and the number of schools reporting results are lower.


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Compare Details Columbia Elementary School ranks better than 73.1% of elementary schools in Washington. It also ranks 7th among 14 ranked elementary schools in the Bellingham School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2021 the calculated Average Standard Score was 70.02. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (81.6%), Hispanic (9.2%), two or more races (5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 22.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Columbia Elementary School is 13.8. 8 elementary schools in the Bellingham School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Columbia Elementary School is $11,385, which is the 7th highest among 14 elementary schools in the Bellingham School District.
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Schooldigger 2021 Rankings:

Columbia Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Columbia Elementary School 298th of 1107 Washington public elementary schools. (See Columbia Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Bellingham School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Bellingham School District 76th of 239 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Columbia Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 37.33 676th 1026 34.1%
2005 76.04 204th 1031 80.2%
2006 85.79 92nd 1051 91.2%
2007 93.99 28th 1069 97.4%
2008 86.48 84th 1067 92.1%
2009 86.24 89th 1072 91.7%
2010 83.35 120th 1088 89.0%
2011 88.98 72nd 1092 93.4%
2012 86.12 90th 1097 91.8%
2013 85.58 100th 1106 91.0%
2015 91.71 61st 1067 94.3%
2016 90.03 81st 1053 92.3%
2017 90.58 80th 1056 92.4%
2018 82.34 176th 1054 83.3%
2019 76.32 255th 1136 77.6%
2021 70.02 298th 1107 73.1%

Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Columbia Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 256 4 3 7 16 n/a n/a 0 286
1989 268 2 3 9 17 n/a n/a 0 299
1990 260 4 3 12 9 n/a n/a 0 288
1991 272 2 3 6 14 n/a n/a 0 297
1992 253 3 7 6 14 n/a n/a 0 283
1993 220 0 8 13 14 n/a n/a 0 255
1994 206 1 7 8 14 n/a n/a 0 236
1995 199 1 7 5 4 n/a n/a 0 216
1996 199 1 7 5 4 n/a n/a 0 216
1997 196 0 7 10 5 n/a n/a 0 218
1998 200 3 4 12 4 n/a n/a 0 223
1999 199 2 8 9 2 n/a n/a 0 220
2000 211 2 6 10 3 n/a n/a 0 232
2001 198 3 9 7 1 n/a n/a 0 218
2002 188 2 9 10 5 n/a n/a 0 214
2003 188 2 9 10 5 n/a n/a 0 214
2004 186 2 6 7 7 n/a n/a 0 208
2005 193 2 5 6 5 n/a n/a 0 211
2006 177 2 7 3 5 n/a n/a 6 200
2007 186 2 4 4 8 n/a n/a 12 216
2008 208 2 3 7 5 n/a n/a 11 236
2009 195 3 3 5 4 n/a n/a 11 221
2010 203 4 2 15 1 n/a n/a 0 225
2011 220 5 3 19 1 0 0 0 248
2012 242 5 3 21 2 0 0 0 273
2013 245 2 2 18 2 0 11 0 280
2014 239 3 5 22 1 0 12 0 282
2015 235 2 4 22 0 0 13 0 276
2016 239 5 5 22 0 0 15 0 286
2017 232 5 10 18 2 0 20 0 287
2018 248 1 10 20 2 0 13 0 294
2019 251 4 10 28 2 0 17 0 312
2020 237 4 6 31 3 0 19 0 300
2021 213 3 6 24 2 0 13 0 261

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 Columbia Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 286 15.0 19.0 0
1989 299 16.0 18.6 n/a
1990 288 15.5 18.5 0
1991 297 16.5 18.0 n/a
1992 283 15.5 18.2 n/a
1993 255 14.0 18.2 n/a
1994 236 12.9 18.3 n/a
1995 216 9.9 21.8 n/a
1996 216 9.9 21.8 n/a
1997 218 9.9 22.0 n/a
1998 223 9.0 24.8 n/a
1999 220 9.0 24.4 n/a
2000 232 10.0 23.2 n/a
2001 218 11.0 19.8 n/a
2002 214 12.0 17.8 29.9
2003 214 12.0 17.8 29.9
2004 208 11.0 18.9 30.8
2005 211 11.0 19.2 28
2006 200 11.4 17.5 25.8
2007 216 11.0 19.6 21.6
2008 236 10.0 23.6 22.7
2009 221 10.0 22.1 27.1
2010 225 9.8 22.8 22.2
2011 248 10.1 24.5 16.1
2012 273 11.7 23.3 24.9
2013 280 13.0 21.4 21.4
2014 282 n/a n/a 19.1
2015 276 17.0 16.2 21.7
2016 286 15.0 19.0 19.9
2017 287 14.7 19.5 19.5
2018 294 16.8 17.4 19
2019 312 18.7 16.6 21.5
2020 300 20.0 14.9 19.3
2021 261 18.8 13.8 22.2

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Columbia Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 286 15.0 19.0 0
1989 299 16.0 18.6 n/a
1990 288 15.5 18.5 0
1991 297 16.5 18.0 n/a
1992 283 15.5 18.2 n/a
1993 255 14.0 18.2 n/a
1994 236 12.9 18.3 n/a
1995 216 9.9 21.8 n/a
1996 216 9.9 21.8 n/a
1997 218 9.9 22.0 n/a
1998 223 9.0 24.8 n/a
1999 220 9.0 24.4 n/a
2000 232 10.0 23.2 n/a
2001 218 11.0 19.8 n/a
2002 214 12.0 17.8 29.9
2003 214 12.0 17.8 29.9
2004 208 11.0 18.9 30.8
2005 211 11.0 19.2 28
2006 200 11.4 17.5 25.8
2007 216 11.0 19.6 21.6
2008 236 10.0 23.6 22.7
2009 221 10.0 22.1 27.1
2010 225 9.8 22.8 22.2
2011 248 10.1 24.5 16.1
2012 273 11.7 23.3 24.9
2013 280 13.0 21.4 21.4
2014 282 n/a n/a 19.1
2015 276 17.0 16.2 21.7
2016 286 15.0 19.0 19.9
2017 287 14.7 19.5 19.5
2018 294 16.8 17.4 19
2019 312 18.7 16.6 21.5
2020 300 20.0 14.9 19.3
2021 261 18.8 13.8 22.2

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.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Columbia Elementary School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201640.0%0.0%0.0%4.4%53.3%62.2%68.9%64.4%68.9%62.2%
201777.6%0.0%4.1%4.1%10.2%89.8%89.8%81.6%89.8%91.8%89.8%
201979.2%0.0%0.0%0.0%2.1%87.5%87.5%87.5%85.4%85.4%87.5%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

Immunization Rates (Entire school)

Columbia Elementary School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201979.8%0.0%1.3%11.2%93.6%95.8%90.4%92.0%95.2%95.5%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Columbia Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $495 (3.2%) $14,990 (96.8%) $15,485
2020 $128 (1.1%) $11,257 (98.9%) $11,385

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Columbia Elementary School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Ranks 255th of 1136 Elementary schoolsRanks 298th of 1107 Elementary schools
 4.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
4th Grade English Language Arts (Columbia Elementary School)70.850
 20.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Bellingham School District)50.844.8
 6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)56.945.8
 11.1%
4th Grade Math (Columbia Elementary School)60.448
 12.4%
   4th Grade Math (Bellingham School District)44.240.2
 4%
   4th Grade Math (Washington)5438.5
 15.5%
All Grades English Language Arts (Columbia Elementary School)77.555.8
 21.7%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Bellingham School District)6250.5
 11.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)59.647.7
 11.9%
All Grades Math (Columbia Elementary School)65.246.3
 18.9%
   All Grades Math (Bellingham School District)4631.2
 14.8%
   All Grades Math (Washington)48.930.4
 18.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students312261
 16.3%
African American43
 25%
American Indian22
Asian106
 40%
Hispanic2824
 14.3%
Pacific Islander00
Two or More Races1713
 23.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients21.5%22.2%
 0.7%




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that school and district boundary data are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.





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