Columbia High School

Motivated students, highly trained and honored teachers, and challenging curriculum are hallmarks at Columbia High School. This combination prepares students to graduate –ready to take on the challenge of their futures. 

It starts with a varied and rigorous curriculum – with classes available to answer each student’s interests and abilities. These options are not usually offered at smaller high schools, but by taking advantage of partnerships, technology and community support, CHS is able to provide a wide array. 

Advanced Placement classes, which provide college-level content, are offered at CHS in English, History, and Environmental Science.  Additionally, online Advanced Placement and many upper level classes are available through providers recommended by OSPI.  Articulated courses for college credit with Clark, Columbia Basin and Columbia Gorge Community Colleges provide classes including horticulture, technology (Cisco networking, Photoshop, keyboarding, MS Word, microcomputer applications, business calculators and A+ and Net+ certifications), spelling skills, metal work, and advanced math (College Algebra, Elementary Functions, and Calculus A&B). Our district is also the host for online high school courses from Giant Campus of Washington, offering students opportunities to extend their learning in a number of ways through online coursework.

For students needing a different route through high school, there is the White Salmon Academy that offers an opportunity to obtain a Washington State High School Diploma. In addition, CHS provides assistance for those who are not native English speakers. Special needs assistance is also available for students. 

With 38 staff members, students receive qualified instruction and support. There are six National Board Certified teachers and six Christa McAuliffe Award of Excellence recipients.  Phi Delta Kappa Washington has recognized Columbia High School as a “School of Distinction” for being one of the 5% highest improving schools in the State of Washington for Reading and Math achievements over the past 5 years.  But the awards are secondary to providing motivating and relevant classroom instruction. Students also rely on skilled counselors, aides and other qualified support personnel in navigating successfully in and outside of the classroom. 

Students are connected to a staff member through a once-a-week advisory class.  Seniors prepare a culminating project that encompasses service, portfolio, research, a product, and a post-secondary plan.  Strong career counseling, college prep and guidance ensure students have options after high school. 

Sports, in-school and extra-curricular activities round out options for students, keeping them involved and connected.

As a member of the Trico League, CHS athletes compete in the following sports: basketball, baseball, football, soccer, softball, track and field, tennis, wrestling, and volleyball.  

Students also have the option to take either classes or participate in clubs and organizations catering to a wide variety of interests. All provide learning opportunities that focus on citizenship, leadership and career building skills: Associated Student Body (ASB), concert choir, concert and jazz band, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), FFA, Skills USA, International Club, Knowledge Bowl, Mock Trial, National Honor Society, powerlifting team, yearbook and newspaper. 

Students also extend their reach beyond the walls of the school and beyond school hours in giving to and with their communities. Students organize community benefits and food drives and obtain community service hours by working at more than 30 work stations throughout the Columbia Gorge. High school students also reach down, mentor and act as role models through programs such as reading to students at the preschool, Whitson Elementary and Henkle Middle School while assisting with curriculum nights and the HUGS Fair (Help Us Grow Safely).

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