This school may not have all the fundings for the high tech programs (since when was FB membership and email use a measure of a good school), but I was looking for a school that delivered excellent academics and a close knit caring family atmosphere. I got it at St. Columba bar none. It takes a while
... Read more to get used to all the procedures and rules/regulations, but the staff and faculty all love the children and think of their best interest in all situations (despite their limited budget). It promotes high acadamics, discipline, and structure. Don't expect to just drop off your kid and let the school do the rest. They expect parents to be very active. Expect to be very active on a daily basis (esp. homework). My child loves it here and has threatened to never talk to me again if I ever think about switching her so I'm hoping we don't have to relocate. To address the A/C situation, they are fundraising like crazy for this. It's an expensive venture. And regarding the technology, call me old fashioned, but I can provide all that at home. My child is advanced in all areas and happily goes to school everyday. Consider St. Columba and decide for yourself. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/08/13
A school that has no programs for kids who are falling behind in reading, No programs for kids who are advanced either. You get the same generic education no matter what, but wait they have a resource teacher who does what ??? No one knows or knows who she is. This school took 50 years to get on facebook,
... Read more 49 years to get a web page that works, 49 years to start using email. The principal said in the home and school meeting about the email "baby steps". It is not that difficult send an email. Not the school for me anymore. I suggest you do your own research and find out the truth. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/08/13
No school is perfect, and they can't please everyone. St. Columba is a good school. It offers children a quality education, safe and loving environment. Sure it doesn't have air conditioning, but it has survived without it for 50 years, but they are working on getting that done in the next 2 years.
... Read more Some people don't realize the channels schools have to go through to get some things done. Money doesn't grow on trees and fundraising that amount of money takes time and planning. Our principal is all for technology, she got our lab updated , added Smart boards and put all the reg. info and forms on line. Teachers teach all day, if they can send a response faster to a parent by writing a note, that doesn't mean they don't use technology. All teachers have their own web pages, post homework, and do reportcards online. Classrooms are well run and 98% of the teachers are certified and the 2% that are not are in the process of becoming certified. I have 2 children in this school and they are happy and doing well. No, its not perfect, but instead of complaining ,I try to be part of the solution to help things become better. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/11/13
There are a lot of things going wrong with this school, no air conditioning, no control in the classrooms, Principal who is afraid of technology and teachers who are not certified. If you send a teacher a email, they respond by writing in the planner because they are so far back technology wise. The
... Read more parents fight against the school to try and make it better, but it is excuse after excuse and no way forward. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/29/13
I believe this school is acceptable, but the students are arrogant, self-important, and just PLAIN RUDE. Very good education, but with the students, laughing at the teachers, spreading gossip around, and talking during class, it was very hard to concentrate. I was even harassed for being "smart" I don't
... Read more recommend you enrolling your child here, I think it was a BIG mistake to go there. -A student Read less
Posted by a other on 06/24/11
Schools are like jeans or shoes. Sometimes you put them on and you never want to take them off, and sometimes you realize they aren't a good fit. For us, St. Columba has been a very good fit. Overall our experience over the past 15 years has been a very good one. There have been some bumps and the
... Read more occasional not-great experiences (since no place is perfect), but we have found that the teachers are genuinely interested in the children and in helping them grow academically, socially, and in faith. The principal works hard to be fair and evenhanded with discipline issues and we have found the students to be well-behaved and organized (mostly - they are kids!) The preparation for high school is very good indeed. If you don't attend the church or if the children don't play on the sports teams, it can be difficult to get to know the other families very well (our only real negative). Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/20/11
I love St. Columba School because of the excellent education that it provides to all its students. I know this first hand since I am a former volunteer at this school and observed the teachers and staff in action.
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Posted by a other on 09/20/10
Sadly, our experience at this school has been the exact opposite of the previous reviewers. Our child has hated her time at St Columba, as have we. Upon visiting we were led to think that the experince would be well-rounded, warm & nurturing...it has NOT been that at all! The principal is not approachable,
... Read more and when we appraoched her about a certain subject that was a concern for us, she was very curt and stand-offish. And it was no small issue for us or our child. The curriculum is rigourous, which would not be an issue except that my child is terrified of messing up. Not what one wants in someone so young with a long school career ahead. We believe that these early years are what shapes the way ahead. The parents also tend to be very cliquey. We will not be returning for a 2nd year!! Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/08/10
It's a pleasure to hear my son tell me how much he loves his school and kindergarten teacher!
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Posted by a parent on 10/24/09
My children (Godchildren) love that school and they are getting a great education.
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Oxon Hill schools — St. Columba Catholic School is located at 7800 Livingston Rd, Oxon Hill MD 20745. 7800 Livingston Rd is in the 20745 ZIP code in Oxon Hill, MD The school district for St. Columba Catholic School is the Archdiocese Of Washington. St. Columba Catholic School is a Catholic school that serves grade levels K - 8.
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