The School at Columbia University

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The School at Columbia University
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Established 2003
Type Independent and Coeducational
Head of School Amani Reed
Students approx. 500
Grades K -8
Location 556 West 110th Street, New York, NY 10025,
New York City, New York, Manhattan, United States
Campus Urban
Colors Blue, Navy
Mascot Leo The Lion
Newspaper 'Lion's Share'
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The School at Columbia University is located at 110th Street and Broadway in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The school is an independent K-8 school affiliated with Columbia University for children drawn equally from the Morningside Heights, Manhattan/Upper West Side/Harlem community and from the faculty and staff of the university. It is a diverse school, with a mix of students from many different ethnic backgrounds. The school has grades Kindergarten through 8th grade, and has its own Wiki produced by students. With just under 500 students enrolled, The School has a student-faculty ratio of 5:1 and an average class size of 14 students. Currently there are three divisions: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5) and Middle (6-8). Each division has its own Division Head and there is one Head of School.


In 2000, Columbia University decided to develop a school that would serve the needs of its faculty and would also serve the community. The 13-story site (a mixed faculty housing and school building) was decided on in 2001 and construction started later that year. The school officially opened on September 17, 2003.[1]


The School has a mission statement.[2]


The School occupies 75,000 square feet (the first six floors). Classrooms have Smart Boards and wireless Internet. There are also an art studio, gymnasium, science labs, library, and dedicated dance studio.

After-school programs[edit]

Since the beginning of the school there has been an after-school program. Some offerings include: Journaling My Life, Choir, Chess, Kindercooks, Animate Your World, RoboTeam, and Leo TV (where children produce their own videos). RoboTeam has won RoboCup Junior competitions in Atlanta, Austria, China, Montreal, Singapore, New Jersey and Queens. There was also a free after-school Create a Comic Club for 7th and 8th graders. There are a number of sports teams, including basketball and lacrosse. A soccer team was created in Fall 2011. They are sponsored by Under Armour.

Performing arts[edit]

The School has a variety of musical arts in which students can participate, the largest being the Honor Choir. Middle school students have a special lunch called Performing Arts Lunch (PAL) lunch is eaten and time is spent with their performing arts group, both enjoying each other's company and practicing for the next concert. Currently, the groups are: Honor Choir, Music, Instrumental Ensemble, Recorder Club, Jazz Ensemble and Dance Workshop.


The school has an admissions policy that is unusual for private schools in New York City in that incoming children are not screened for ability. Each incoming kindergarten class is made up of two groups of children, one group is drawn from the children of Columbia University faculty and staff, while the second group is drawn from the community of New York City School Districts 3 and 5. Children of Columbia faculty and staff are chosen through a mix of retention requirements, cross-department representation and a lottery.[3] Children from the community are selected through a random lottery with no screening and every incoming community child is eligible for financial aid on a needs basis.[4]


  1. ^ "The School at Columbia University: History". Columbia University. Archived from the original on 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ Mission Statement
  3. ^ The School at Columbia University : Provost Letter
  4. ^ The School at Columbia University : Admissions

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Coordinates: 40°48′13.4″N 73°57′59.3″W / 40.803722°N 73.966472°W / 40.803722; -73.966472