The School At Columbia University

     Tel: (212)851-4283
Grades: K - 8 | 489 students
At The School at Columbia University, we work with a dynamic and diverse community drawn equally from the families of Columbia 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.
Our pedagogical 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.
The 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.
It is 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.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 2003

Student Body

Total Students 489 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 60%
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 90 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 85%
Average Class Size 15 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Oct. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost $35,000
Tuition Notes Very limited admissions eligibility but generous financial aid program.
Admissions Director Rekha Puri
Admissions Associate Dana Greebel

School Notes:

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. Our pedagogical 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. The 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. It is 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.

Profile last updated: 07/30/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Aichhorn School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Ascension School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Ascension School (0.1 miles away)
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