The School At Columbia University

  • 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)
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded2003

Student Body

Total Students489 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
60%
State avg.: 29%
Students by GradeThe School At Columbia University Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers90 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
85%
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineOct. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost$35,000
Tuition NotesVery limited admissions eligibility but generous financial aid program.
Admissions DirectorRekha Puri
Admissions AssociateDana 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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