Allendale Columbia School

5.00 5 1 (5 reviews)
519 Allens Creek Road
Rochester, NY 14618-0146
Tel: (585)381-4560
Grades: NS-12 | 404 students
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Allendale Columbia offers a strong coeducational liberal arts and sciences program for students in Nursery through twelfth grade. Our college preparatory curriculum allows teachers to challenge students to reach their potential and to gain a sense of responsibility to themselves, the school community, their families, and society in general. We foster scholastic and personal independence within a structured atmosphere in which students can experience confidence and trust. Such trust enables students and teachers to be responsive to each other and to take risks. We believe that structure should liberate, not confine. Excellence is our goal.
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Allendale Columbia offers a strong coeducational liberal arts and sciences program for students in Nursery through twelfth grade. Our college preparatory curriculum allows teachers to challenge students to reach their potential and to gain a sense of responsibility to themselves, the school community, their families, and society in general. We foster scholastic and personal independence within a structured atmosphere in which students can experience confidence and trust. Such trust enables students and teachers to be responsive to each other and to take risks. We believe that structure should liberate, not confine. Excellence is our goal.
Now well into its second century, Allendale Columbia is a leading independent, co-ed, college-prep school for students in nursery through grade 12.
Here, learning goes far beyond books and tests.
We have the freedom to dig deeper so students can question more, discuss, debate, and question again.
As a result, our students develop real critical thinking skills and become effective problem solvers.
Our faculty members use their advanced degrees, independence and experience to connect knowledge to real life so students can make more sense of the world - and their place in it.
It all adds up to a different school of thought: high expectations and relevant experiences that prepare students to succeed in a global community.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded 1890

Student Body

Total Students 404 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
32%
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Allendale Columbia School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 59 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size 8 students
Number of AP Courses 17 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1877
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $18,370
Tuition Notes Tuition varies by grade level ($9000 - $23525). Financial aid is available. Please contact the school for details.
% on Financial Aid
56%
Average Financial Aid Grant $11,000
Acceptance Rate
64%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Shannon Baudo
Admissions Associate Shelby Hill

Sports

Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
BowlingCross Country,
GolfSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Community Service Club, Mock Trial, Muse, the AC Literary Magazine, Others are added based on student interest, Social Committee, Student Ambassadors, TEDx Club, Yearbook Mock Trial, TEDx Club, Yearbook, Community Service Club,
Muse, the AC Literary Magazine,
Others are added based on student interest,
Social Committee,
Student Ambassadors,

School Notes

  • "Academically speaking, there is no better preparation for the future than Allendale Columbia education.  Beyond the classroom, the values and life skills taught at Allendale Columbia are applicable to every aspect of life.'  Rob C. '11, Harvard University '15. 
  • "This is my first year, and I've never had this much fun at school."  Megan C. '17
  • "Here, we teach students to reach out to their teachers, to initiate further conversation, to dig deeper.  Student-teacher relationships are cherished and as a result, every student is known and challenged."  Mick Gee, Head of School
  • "Actively participating in class can sometimes be challenging, but because it was so encouraged at AC, it has become infinitely easier for me."  Sarina S. '11, Princeton University '16 
  • "I find myself well-prepared for the challenging courses offered in college compared to other students in my classes."  Yunmei Z. '12, Cornell University '16
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5.0  7/24/2015
Allendale Columbia is a completely different school than it was two years. Thanks primarily to the arrival of Mick Gee, the new Head of School in 2012 and John Sullivan, the new Head of the Lower School in 2011, AC is being restructured and set on a new path. The school has freed itself from standardized testing and bureaucrat regulations to instead enable it to quickly respond to new educational trends and the are responsible for the fine strokes. The students feel like they are part in school seven days a week if she could. Another key item that makes AC noteworthy is their ability to serve children with needs on both ends of the spectrum. They have employed math and reading stimulation. At the beginning of the 2012 school year, AC responded to a need in a matter of weeks to implement their new STEM program
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5.0  7/24/2015
Allendale Columbia is a school that is evolving - I love what the school is doing with May Term offerings, and it allows for my two children to be seen as individuals with individual needs. They are both actively involved in music, and extra-curricular activities, like the Lego Robotics teams and pit band. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that the sports program is a no-cut policy, where my kids can feel like they can try a sport and be part of a team without being cut out of the process from the start. I highly recommend this school for anyone who wants a unique, student-centric, and high quality education for their child.
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5.0  4/23/2013
As it concerns the Lower School, Allendale Columbia is a completely different school than it was two years. Thanks primarily to the arrival of Mick Gee, the new Head of School in 2012 and John Sullivan, the new Head of the Lower School in 2011, AC is being restructured and set on a new path. The school has freed itself from standardized testing and bureaucrat regulations to instead enable it to quickly respond to new educational trends and the individual needs of the students. Lower School education is now project and inquiry based learning with real world relevance. The faculty paints the broad strokes of the curriculum, but the students are responsible for the fine strokes. The students feel like they are part of a higher purpose and can participate in projects that they are passionate about, have a stake in, and can help make a difference. Learning is now interesting and fun.
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5.0  4/16/2013
Parents are involved and have many opportunities to connect with other parents to discuss their child(ren) and to support each other. This spirals into students who benefit from this community atmosphere and who develop into mature adults.
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5.0  4/14/2013
The teachers are amazing and extremely supportive . The environment is safe and nurturing and children are allowed to blossom to their fullest potential. Amazing school. We are here to stay!
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