NCES Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the school site located?  North Columbus Elementary School (NCES) is located adjacent to the Northside High School campus and in front of Veterans Memorial Middle School, located off of Veterans Parkway.  You can access all three campuses at the traffic light at Veterans Parkway and Old Guard Road. The address for the school is 2006 Old Guard Road, Columbus, GA 31909.

What is the attendance zone for NCES?  The boundaries are:  Beginning at the Harris County line and Veterans Pkwy, south on and including Veterans Pkwy to Hancock Rd; south along but excluding Veterans Pkwy to Cooper Creek Rd; south on and including Veterans Pkwy to Moon Rd; southeast on and including Moon Rd and Walden Chase Ln to JR Allen Pkwy; west on and including JR Allen Pkwy to Veterans Pkwy at Double Churches Rd; west along but excluding Double Churches Rd to Lloyd Rd; northwest around and including Lloyd Rd, Birchwood Ln, crossing 1-85 to Whitesville Rd at Maplebrook Dr; northwest around and including Maplebrook Ct, and Dr, Lantern Ln, Edent St, continuing northwest to the intersection of River Road and Old River Rd; west on and including Old River Rd to the Harris County line; east along the county line to Veterans Pkwy.  

What is the projected enrollment?  Projected enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year is 686; building capacity is 856.  There are 40 classrooms. 

How do I get in touch with NCES personnel?  You can reach NCES' principal, Mrs. Jessica Burnett, at 706-748-3183 or via email: The school's fax # is 706-748-3189.


May visitors tour the building?  Yes, we love visitors.  Please schedule an appointment for a tour of the North Columbus Elementary School campus by calling the school office at 706-748-3183.

What is SCOPE?  SCOPE, an acronym for Student-Centered Opportunities that Provide Enrichment, is an after-school program sponsored by NCES teachers, who share their personal interests or hobbies with NCES students in an attempt to develop more peer and student-adult relationships and encourage students to explore interests outside of the classroom.  SCOPE clubs meet throughout the year.  Examples of SCOPE are:  intramurals, scrapbooking, studying a foreign language, arts and crafts, cup stacking, and music lessons.  Always, parents are welcome to participate in or sponsor a SCOPE program.  Click here to open a  SCOPE PROPOSAL form.

What are the school colors; what is the school mascot?  In keeping with the patriotic themes established by Northside High school in 2002, the interior colors of the school are: red, light gray, blue and yellow.  The school colors are red, white and blue, and the school mascot is the Stars.  School t-shirts, sweatshirts, and caps are on sale in the school office.

What are houses?  Within the structure of the school building, there are three academic wings called “houses”.  The wings, which are labeled by the colored floor tiles and accent walls contained in each, will accommodate two grade levels of students.

Yellow House: Kindergarten and 1st grade
Red House: 2nd and 3rd grade
Blue House: 4th and 5th grade


What type of technology will be used at the new school?  Aside from computers with Internet access, teachers and students will utilize scanners, digital cameras, specific academic software and programs, and projectors.  Three production labs will serve the student population, and each classroom will have computers for student use. Additional computers will be available in the media center.  All classroom has SMARTBoards.  A school technology team creates and frequently reviews NCES' technology plan to determine concerns and needs of students and teachers.

Is there a playground?  There are three playgrounds. One playground designed especially for students in pre-K through 1st grade is located across from the cafeteria; another playground for 2nd-5th grade students is located across from the gym.  A third playground is on the back bus loop.   Students will be required to wear closed-toe shoes while at recess or enjoying the outdoor setting because the school grounds are not fully landscaped.

What is the dress code at NCES?  Student dress at NCES is expected to reflect self-pride and pride in our school. The staff at NCES believes it is in the best interests of the students and the instructional program that dress code guidelines are set for the students. It is the responsibility of the student and parent to ensure that the dress code is observed. It is the responsibility of the teachers and administrators to ensure that the dress code is enforced. If your student is out of dress code, you will be called.
• Undergarments should not be worn as outer garments.
• Midriffs should not be bare. Shirts must cover the midriff when the arms are raised.
• See-through shirts or blouses are not permitted.
• No tank tops, spaghetti straps, tube-tops, fishnet shirts, or body armor (tight form fitting)
• Nothing that advocates drugs, alcohol, violence, gangs, hate, profanity, or degrading/negative/offensive wording is allowed (including negative attitude towards school, family or self-worth)
Pants and Shorts
• Pants should be worn on or above the waist.
• If pants can be worn properly on or above the waist, no belt is required.
• Pants with holes are not allowed.
• Shorts must not be more than three inches above the knee for 3rd through 5th grade students.
• Cut-off shorts are not allowed.
• Leggings/Jeggings are to be worn as undergarments only. They DO NOT take the place of pants when worn with tops.
Dresses, Skirts, and Skorts
• Dresses, skirts, and skorts must not be more than three inches above the knee for 3rd through 5th grade students.
• If leggings are worn, dresses, skirts, and skorts must still follow the length requirements.
• Closed-toed shoes must be worn by all students each day.
• Hats, gloves, and caps may not be worn in the building.
• No stockings, doo-rags, sweatbands, or bandanas.

Will there be an Accelerated Reader (AR) program?  Yes, however, the program, will be used strictly for enrichment and motivational purposes.  North Columbus Elementary uses Renaissance Learning's Accelerated Reader program called Enterprise. This is a web-based program which we subscribe to which allows our students access to any quiz that is available.

Who is NCES' Partner in Education?  NCES is proud to partner with three local businesses: Vulcan Materials, Chick-fil-A at Bradley Park, and Ultimate Youth Sports.

What types of special education services will be offered?  The types of special education services offered depends upon the needs of the students who will attend NCES.  The Inclusion Model, in which a classroom teacher and an instructional strategist co-teach in the same classroom for all day or part of the day, will be implemented, and speech will be offered. 

How can I get a copy of the 2019-2020 Student/Parent Handbook?  Click here for a direct link. 


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