About Columbus East

The original Columbus School opened in 1911 with 13 classrooms. Since then, the structure of Columbus East has changed in many ways. Currently, Columbus East provides educational opportunities to neighborhood students in grades 4 through 6. The Colts are always stampeding toward success.

Mission and Vision

Columbus East will support and motivate students in developing a love of learning that will help them to develop the tools needed to become resourceful individuals.

We will strive to prepare our students to become critical thinkers through differentiated instruction while maintaining a well-balanced curriculum.

As part of the community, Columbus East is a committed participant of ensuring that a positive environment for our students exists.



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The Illinois Report Card is an annual report released by the Illinois State Board of Education that shows how the state, and each school and district, are progressing on a wide range of educational goals. The Report Card offers a complete picture of student and school performance in order to inform and empower families and communities as they support their local schools.

There are three versions of the Illinois Report Card for the state, schools, and districts. The first version is the Classic Report Card. This is a static, printable, PDF version of the official Report Card. The second version is the Illinois Interactive Report Card of IIRC. This version is web-based, intuitive, and allows for users to view performance comparisons between school and districts, review trend data, and break data into subcategories. The third version is the At-a-Glance report, which is a two-page downloadable document containing a more graphic representation of key Report Card data elements.

To view all versions of Columbus East's Report Card please CLICK HERE


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The 5Essentials were developed by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools. Past research has shown that schools strong on at least three of the five essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student learning than schools weak on three or more of the five essentials.

For 2018, Columbus East Elementary School is moderately organized for improvement. To view more detailed results from the survey please click HERE



Donata Heppner







Assistant Principal 

Christopher VanderKuyl


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