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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 513 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $35,000
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Oct. 31

Top Rankings

The School At Columbia University ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
2003
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
513 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
42%
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade
The School At Columbia University Student 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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Oct. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost
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.

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 513 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $35,000
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Oct. 31

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The average acceptance rate in New York, NY is 60% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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