Columbus East High School
Columbus is an architectural showplace located in south central Indiana, just 45 minutes from downtown Indianapolis. It is known to have the greatest concentration of buildings by nationally known architects of any small town in the nation Surrounded by rolling, productive farmland, Columbus is an industrial city of 44,000 which offers urban vitality in a friendly small-town setting.
The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation is the 14th largest in the state and serves all but two townships in Bartholomew County, which has a population of 77,000. There are 11 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 high schools, one alternative education center, and one adult education center with a total student enrollment of over 12,000 students. An area vocational school located within the two high schools serves students from 4 counties.
COLUMBUS EAST HIGH SCHOOL
Columbus East is a public comprehensive four-year high school with more than 1500 students and 95 certified staff members. It is fully accredited by the State of Indiana Department of Education.
More than 80% of the professional staff hold at least masters degrees, and all administrators, counselors and teachers are certified in their respective service areas.
Since opening in 1972, the school’s curriculum and schedule have been modified and revised to mix the best features flexible modular scheduling with a more traditional structure. The unique program features large group/small group instruction, independent study, resource centers, unscheduled time and school-to-work opportunities.
Students choose from more than 200 course offerings in 13 departments. The typical CEHS student carries six courses but my enroll in more, given an eight-period instructional day and independent study for advanced students.
CEHS GUIDANCE STAFF
Douglas Moore, Guidance Director (812)376-4360
Monica Anderson, Counselor (812)376-4498
Rochelle House, Counselor (812)376-4363
Emily Zumbaugh, Counselor (812) 376-4359
Bridgette VanHorn, Administrative Assistant (812)376-4357
Katie Vandergriff, Scholarship/College Visit Coordinator (812) 376-4357
Anne C. Edds, Senior Project Coordinator (812)375-2789
Janice Karl, Guidance Secretary (812) 376-4367
THE EAST EXPERIENCE: PATHWAYS TO LIFE
2000-01 was the first year of full implementation for Pathways to Life, an integrated approach to instruction and guidance from grade 9 to graduation. The first step is the ninth grade Keystone class, intended to assimilate students into high school culture. It helps the student to understand what is means to be a successful high school student as well as an adult and how the high school experience connects with the future.
During the 2008-2009 school year, all sophomores will complete the Cornerstone workbook and prepare for their Roundtable Exhibitions. This work will be completed during Torch Time and Resource mods. The Cornerstone year builds on the work gathered during the freshman year in Keystone classes. Sophomores will not only evaluate their academic progress since arriving at Columbus East High School, but will explore their personal involvement in the school and in the community. Each student will examine his/her individual growth plan and amend it according to the BCSC Learner Expectations and the Olympian Guiding Principles. In April, parents will be invited to participate in their child’s Cornerstone Roundtable Exhibition. The Roundtable Exhibition is designed as a showcase for students to share what they have learned about themselves in their freshman and sophomore years at Columbus East High School. Academic and personal goal setting will be stressed. Though Cornerstone is not formally affiliated with a specific academic class, it is the expectation that all students will include their completed Cornerstone work as part of their Senior Project portfolio.
Early in the junior year, counselors invite students and their parents to participate in the Milestone conference, where in-depth planning for graduation and post-secondary experience occurs. Whether the student is heading to employment, the military, or college, counselors assist the family to build on the high school experience to develop viable plans for the future.
The culminating activity of Pathways is the senior Capstone project, a student-selected exploration of a topic which results in a research paper, a project or product, and a presentation. The Capstone experience moves students away from departmentalized learning to an interdisciplinary approach where they use skills in writing, research, speaking and documentation.
CLASS OF 2012
CEHS uses a 12.0 grading scale to compute grade point average and class rank. All courses except theatre arts makeup are included in GPA and class rank. There are no weighted grades. The 12.0 scale with a 4.0 conversion follows: