Columbia Elementary has a rich history of strong student achievement and academic success. Our staff of highly qualified professionals, dedicated parents, and community volunteers ensures that every student is actively engaged in pursuing excellence. Our culturally diverse student population creates a powerful and unique learning environment in developing world class citizens. We are here to serve all who come through our doors.

Columbia Elementary school is populated with approx. 450 students from ages 5-11 years. Our ethnic make-up is 30% white and 70% other ethnic (68%=hispanic only). We have over 50 caring and dedicated employees who share the same vision, “Learning for everyone, doing whatever it takes

Our History


Columbia Elementary School old photo

The four-acre site (facing Orondo Street) was purchased in 1922 from Miss Edith Battdorf for $14,000. The adjacent Fenton property was added in 1927 at a cost of $8,000. In 1945 houses and lots were obtained from owners, at a total cost of 18,600. The final site purchased from Mrs. Pauline Beebe, was a small lot #11; block 1, on Alaska and Franklin Streets for a total cost of $186. Original construction was in 1923 at a cost of approximately $58,000, with Morrison, Stimpson and Solberg as architects. One room was added in 1924, three classrooms and an auditorium in 1938 and seven classrooms and a kindergarten room in 1949. Mary Ethel Woods was elected principal the first year and continued in that position until retirement on June 30, 1949. Wilbur Brown succeeded her as principal.


Columbia Elementary School new

Today, Columbia School faces Alaska Street. There is a playground where the old building stood. Construction of our new building was completed in 1989.The center of our building houses a wonderful library-media center. Three wings branch out from it, containing kindergarten/first, second/third, and fourth/fifth grades. A music room, multi-purpose room and full-size gymnasium complete the layout. Our first principal was Dennis Friedrich. Currently, Si Stuber serves as our principal.

Columbia Elementary School
600 Alaska Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Phone: (509) 662-7256
Fax: (509) 664-2910