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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. 
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