Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School is a coed, nonsectarian institution educating students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. Detailed school overiew, below:.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 1,240 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $38,890
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15

Top Rankings

Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

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School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12

Student Body

Total Students
1,240 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
230 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Number of AP Courses
18 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
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Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost
Admissions Director
Ms. Elaine Perlman


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. 

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Such an amazing school! I had such a great time here.
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Fantastic community with great teachers, caring administrators, very well thought out extra curricular activities and genuine student body.
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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.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 1,240 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $38,890
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15

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The average private school tuition in New York, NY is $39,737 for elementary schools and $43,730 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New York, NY is 60% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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