Allendale Columbia School

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Allendale Columbia School
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519 Allens Creek Rd., Rochester, NY, 14618
Rochester, New York 14618
United States
Type Independent, college preparatory school
Established 1890
Founder Caroline Milliman and Alida Lattimore
Headmaster Mick Gee
Grades Nursery – 12th
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and white
Mascot Wolves
Accreditation Institute for Independent Education and National Association of Independent Education
Yearbook Synergy
Avg. SAT 623 (Verbal) 635 (Math) 619 (Critical Reading)
Faculty:Student Ratio 1:6
Annual Tuition $12,750 (Nursery) - $20,250 (Upper School)

Allendale Columbia School is an independent, nonsectarian, college preparatory school for students in nursery through twelfth grade in Rochester, New York, USA.[1] The Columbia School for girls, established in 1890 by Caroline Milliman and Alida Lattimore, and the Allendale School for boys, established in 1926 by a group of Rochester businessmen, merged in 1972 to form the current co-educational school.[2] Allendale Columbia students come from 28 different school districts in the greater Rochester, New York region, as well as from 10 different countries. (International students live in two houses on campus.).[3] The school was named by Worth magazine as of one the top 100 feeder schools to Ivy League universities.[4]


Allendale Columbia has fifty-four teachers. Thirty-nine of the faculty hold advanced degrees with an average teaching experience of 18 years.


Allendale Columbia School occupies more than 30 acres (12 ha) in Pittsford, New York that stretches to Oak Hill County Club.[5] The school is separated into three divisions: Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. While these divisions each have their own areas on campus, they share many common spaces, including a 500-seat performance center, library, dining commons for locally sourced lunches,[6] and athletic, music and arts facilities. The students change buildings for various classes and use the entire campus throughout their day.

The main buildings house 41 classrooms, five science laboratories, nine computer laboratories (three classroom and six mobile), three music classrooms, two art studios, a darkroom, a digital photography laboratory, a foreign language laboratory, a library, a performance center, two gymnasia, and a science wing.[7]

In 2012, the school opened residences for foreign students, and it hosts 25-35 international students from as many as 15 different countries and four continents.[8]

In 2013, students began organizing and hosting an annual TEDx conference on campus, as an independently organized TED event.[9]

In 2014, Allendale Columbia School created a summerLEAP partnership with School 17 of the Rochester City School District to provide summer enrichment programs for RCSD students.[10][11]

In 2015, the school unveiled a new design and innovation laboratory with 3D printers, Mac computers, drafting tables, and tools.[12] That year, the school also partnered with the Hybrid Learning Consortium.[13] It creates a globalized learning community offering a diverse variety of online courses to students around the world.

In 2016, the school celebrated its 125th anniversary.[14]


Allendale Columbia School is merged with The Harley School for interscholastic sports competition in grades 7 through 12.[15] The two schools began co-ordinating their athletic programs during the 1972–1973 school year. The joint program is referred to as Harley Allendale Columbia (HAC)[16] and originally competed as the Harley-Allendale Columbia Braves. In 1997, students of both schools voted to change the team name from the Braves to the Wolves. Team supporters are known as the Wolfpack. The swimming team is the strongest part of their sports program: the modified program has gone undefeated 7 years in a row, and varsity boasts multiple high ranking awards.[citation needed] Many modified-aged kids often swim for the varsity program. Tennis is also a standout for HAC. It placed seventh at the national high school tournament in California despite the small size of their schools.

The HAC enforces a "no-cut" athletic program, and varsity places are guaranteed for any committed seniors. The HAC co-ordination exists to enhance the interscholastic athletic program of both schools by combining student bodies and resources, as well as faculty for coaching purposes.[17] The school has had success in the Section V Finger-Lakes West Division,[18] including sectional titles in boys' and girls' tennis, boys' and girls' soccer, boys' and girls' cross country and boys' and girls' basketball.

Interscholastic Athletic Teams
Sport Level Season Gender
Baseball V, JV, M Spring Boys
Basketball V, JV, M Winter Boys, girls
Bowling V Winter Boys, girls
Cross-Country V, JV, M Fall Boys, girls, co-ed (M only)
Golf V, JV Fall Co-ed
Soccer V, JV, M Fall Boys, girls
Softball V, JV, M Spring Girls
Swimming V, JV, M Winter Boys, girls
Tennis V, JV, M Fall (girls), spring (boys) Boys, girls
Track (outdoor) V, JV, M Spring Boys, girls, co-ed (M only)
Volleyball V, JV, M Fall Girls

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Allendale Columbia | About Us". Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Allendale Columbia | Our History". Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Memmott: Allendale Columbia rejoices in 125th anniversary". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Elite Schools". Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Allendale Columbia | Facilities and Campus Planning". Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Local lunches at Allendale Columbia a tasty change". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Allendale Columbia | A Distinctive Learning Environment". Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Allendale Columbia International Students". Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ writer, James Battaglia, staff. "TEDx brings 'Ideas Worth Spreading' to Allendale Columbia School". Fairport. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ "summerLEAP at Allendale Columbia". Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association. March 21, 2016. Archived from the original on July 8, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  11. ^ WHAM. "Bright Spot: Summer Leap Program at Allendale Columbia". Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  12. ^ "Design and Innovation Lab Now Open at Allendale Columbia". TWC News. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Home2". Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  14. ^ "Memmott: Allendale Columbia rejoices in 125th anniversary". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  15. ^ "HAC Athletics | Philosophy & Partnership". HAC Athletics. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
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  17. ^ "HAC Athletics | Facilities". HAC Athletics. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ [2]
  19. ^ "Allendale Columbia | Alison Castle '91 Heads Backstage at SNL for New Book". Allendale Columbia. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Allendale Columbia | Carson Cooman '00". Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  21. ^ Brow, Jason (June 25, 2015). "Taye Diggs". Hollywood Life. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  22. ^ writer, Dan Goldman, staff. "Live from New York ... it's Kristen Wiig". MPNnow. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Allendale Columbia | Our Alumni are Doing Great Things". Retrieved May 11, 2016. 

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Coordinates: 43°07′05″N 77°32′18″W / 43.1180098°N 77.5383724°W / 43.1180098; -77.5383724