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Taking smart risks

An uplifting journey

The thrill of discovery

Exploring bold ideas

Respecting different voices

A transformative education

Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School is living proof that children can achieve their highest ambitions while keeping their spirits intact. We thrive as one school in the shared belief that a balanced education leads to a powerful life.

Grammar School

PK - Grade 4

The Grammar School meets each child where they are and helps them develop into the most fully realized version of themselves. 

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Middle School

Grades 5 - 7

Our Middle School curriculum  cultivates a culture of inquiry, resilience and independence, always focused upon developing the whole child and tomorrow’s citizens.

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Prep School

Grades 8 - 12

The Prep School offers students unparalleled opportunities to explore their passions and become accomplished learners and conscientious citizens.

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Signature Programs

Uniquely CGPS

At Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, we pride ourselves on providing an individual experience for our students so that they may pursue as many avenues of interest as possible.

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Admission

Welcome to CGPS

CGPS is a family school, dedicated to nurturing, expanding and challenging the interests and passions of all our students.

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1280+

Total Enrollment

Our thriving community nurtures, supports and challenges our engaged and curious students from prekindergarten to twelfth grade  

200,000

Square Feet of Facilities

Our expansive campus on the Upper West Side, steps from Central Park, provides ample space for learning, playing and fostering community

6:1

Average Student/Teacher Ratio

Our students, at every grade level, have an individualized experience because of our experienced, dedicated faculty and staff

“At Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, our mission is to balance a rigorous comprehensive college preparatory curriculum with healthy social and emotional development.”

Dr. Bill Donohue

Dr. Bill Donohue Head of School

“My experience at CGPS has helped me work on teams, work in different communities and work with a diverse group of people. It has helped me learn more about myself and what I'm interested in, which has helped me with picking majors in college and connecting with people.”

Ella Grinstein '16 

“As an alumna, parent and trustee, CGPS has meant so much to me. I feel tremendous pride in returning as an adult to the School that made me who I am today. As a student, I felt supported and encouraged. Finally, as a parent who has the privilege to serve as a trustee, it is a pleasure to watch all three of my children's personal interests, strengths, and passions nurtured and celebrated." 

Dana landis birnbaum '97 parent and trustee