Q & A
Children must be 3 years old prior to or on September 1 of that school year to enroll in PreK 3. Children must be 4 years old prior to or on September 1 of that school year to enroll in PreK 4.
All students at Columbia Academy and Columbia Heights High School participate in robust Science programming following the Minnesota State Standards. In addition, students at Columbia Academy have access to Project Lead the Way STEM electives: App Creators; Design and Modeling; Automation and Robotics; and Green Architecture. Columbia Heights High School students are able to participate in Project Lead the Way courses, in addition to other STEM electives.
The World's Best Workforce (WBWF) was developed in 2013 (Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.11) to ensure that school districts and charter schools in Minnesota enhance student achievement through teaching and learning support addressing the following five WBWF goals:
- All children are ready for school.
- All third-graders can read at grade level.
- All racial and economic achievement gaps between students are closed.
- All students are ready for career and college.
- All students graduate from high school.
Each year, Columbia Heights Public Schools publishes a report sharing progress on the five WBWF goals. Three of the goals this year used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) for measurement. The validity and reliability of the MCAs was impacted due to the low participation rate of the tests.
Local and district assessments have provided students, families, and educators with data to support enhancing instruction and measuring progress. These assessments include FastBridge, formative assessments, PSAT, and SAT.
Typically, we charge for entry to regular-season indoor athletic events and football games. There is free entry for outdoor regular-season sporting events, excluding football. Games that go beyond the regular season are managed by the High School League and therefore, the fees are set by them.
In general, transportation questions should be directed to the school where the student is enrolled. For more information about transportation please go to the transportation webpage.
Columbia Heights High School offers a number of courses as part of our CTE (Career and Technical Education) programming, including Woods I and Woods II, Home Improvement, Autocad, Power Mechanics, and Basic Home Wiring. These, along with other classes within the CTE department, provide comprehensive pathways to support opportunities beyond high school.
Sex education, taught as part of the Health curriculum at the secondary level, is aligned to Minnesota Department of Education standards. Families are provided the syllabus and have the option to review curriculum and ask questions prior to the start of the unit. Parents/Guardians have the option to excuse their child from the material or unit being taught.
A portion of Southern Fridley is part of the Columbia Heights Public School district boundary and North Park School for Innovation was built in its current location in 1966.
There is free entry to band and choir concerts.
Theater performances require a purchased ticket, which you can buy on our CHPS Activities Website