Welcome to Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School! Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School’s graduates are living proof our students pursue their highest ambitions while keeping their spirit intact as they grow into vibrant, responsible, successful and engaged young adults. 

CGPS is a family school, dedicated to nurturing, expanding and challenging the interests and passions of all our students from their first years in the Brownstones through graduation, matriculating  to the top universities around the world. As one of Manhattan’s largest, most well-resourced independent schools, our dedicated faculty and staff make it feel like the small, student-centered school it is at heart—and has been, for over 250 years. 

At CGPS, we cultivate each student’s intrinsic gifts in a program inspired by the bold ideas and practices of our faculty. Our classrooms are dynamic, responsive, liberating spaces that encourage exploration, reflection and excellence, providing the skills necessary to be successful in a myriad of ways. 

We believe a balanced education can lead to a powerful life. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about CGPS. Please visit our Virtual Admission Center.

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Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School’s Admission Office team is here to assist you as you work through the application process. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

CGPS is a member of ISAAGNY, NAIS, NYSAIS, the Parents League, the Early Steps Program, AISAP and RIISE. We also partner with TEP The Equity Project, the Boys and Girls Club of America, A Better Chance, the Boys Club of New York, Breakthrough New York, the Oliver Scholars Program, Prep for Prep, REACH Prep and the TEAK Fellowship.

The application process for international students is the same as it is for all applicants. We do not require or accept the TOEFL.  Prospective families must complete the application process on their own, we do not work with international placement agencies. CGPS does not provide housing or homestays.


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Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School adheres to a long-standing policy of admitting students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or national origin in administration of its educational policies, employment, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other school-administered programs.