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Notes for Prospective Students
At The School at Columbia University, we work with a dynamic and
diverse community drawn equally from the families of University
employees and from the local community.
We dedicate ourselves to
fostering in our students personal resourcefulness and integrity, a
sense of social responsibility, and a lifelong appreciation of
learning through an innovative, socially and emotionally
supportive, and academically challenging program.
and curricular philosophies embrace multicultural perspectives,
which challenge educators and learners to examine their
preconceived notions of race, gender, ethnicity, class, ability,
religion, and sexual orientation.
We adhere to a common code of
civility among all constituents.
We tailor our instruction so that
the needs of the individual students are met.
A committed faculty
and administration strive to create a school that will stand as a
model for what K-8 education can be, and serve as a genuine and
enduring partnership between Columbia and its neighbors.
School's curricular perspective, which we refer to as
knowledge-based constructivism, is positioned in a framework that
allows student learning to take place in real life.
learning-centered, focusing on essential questions and related
themes and concepts.
Essential questions devised by teachers but
also generated by students are set in the context of personal
relevance and academic perspectives.