Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School

Tel: (212)749-6200
Grades: PK-12 | 1240 students
Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School is a coed, nonsectarian institution educating students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Detailed school overiew, below:.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12

Student Body

Total Students 1240 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 230 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Number of AP Courses 18 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, French Language, Japanese, Latin, Music Theory, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, U.S. Government, U.S. History, World History
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Yearly Tuition Cost $38,890
Admissions Director Ms. Elaine Perlman


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track

School Notes:

  • Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School was founded in 1764 by King George II to prepare students to attend Old King’s College, now Columbia University.  After the Revolutionary War, the School was renamed the Grammar School of Columbia University and functioned for 100 years under the direct auspices of the College. In 1956 the school became co-educational and was renamed Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School thirteen years later.  Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School’s approach to learning balances a rigorous comprehensive college preparatory curriculum with healthy social and emotional development. In partnership with the parent body, CGPS’s diverse community shares a fundamental commitment to developing high academic achievement and a sense of social responsibility. The School is strongly committed to co-education and feels that a comfortable but structured social setting is where boys and girls create the most effective educational environment. An enriched, integrated curriculum facilitates learning through interactive discussion, cooperative group work and stimulating activities.   While academic demands are high, the atmosphere in the classrooms is warm and comfortable. The program is designed to foster innovative and independent thinking. Students are provided the skills to meet educational challenges as well as the opportunity to assess their progress and express their creativity. The CGPS community embraces the value of intellectual pursuit, good character and global responsibility. 

Profile last updated: 04/03/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Sshs-ny/solomon Schechter High School Of Ny (0.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Alexander Robertson School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Alexander Robertson School (0.1 miles away)
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    New York, NY 10024
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School Reviews

I absolutely recommend this school for anybody. I will be graduating this year, having attended since kindergarten, and I'm very sad to be leaving. I have been exposed to every type of extracurricular including music, art, theater, and sports. If you find something that you love at CGPS, as I found sports, we have faculty with expertise that can take you to any level you wish to go to. I have received a world class education here, made friends that will last a lifetime, been privileged to learn from amazing teachers who are deeply passionate about what they teach, and so much more. I have grown up at CGPS, and now, having gotten into college early decision thanks to our wonderful college counselors, I am faced with the reality of having to leave next year. I urge everyone to consider CGPS for their child. You will find a community of caring individuals who care about helping your child and are committed to making sure they receive the best education possible, as I have for the past thirteen years.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 01/10/12

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