As you may know, the ISEE test will be offered online for students to take at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CGPS recognizes this may be a challenge for some students and families and therefore, we are officially test-optional this year. Please know, we support equally students who decide to submit standardized test results and those who do not as there are a number of factors we review during the Admission Process.
We offer Open Houses in September and October. Our Open House programs provide parents with a comprehensive experience to learn about the educational and extra-curricular offerings at CGPS as well as an opportunity to meet school administrators, faculty and students.
Sibling, legacy and faculty applicants are given special consideration during the admissions process. In accordance with ISAAGNY guidelines, we offer early notification for these applicants. Please see our Siblings & Legacies page for more detailed information.
Columbia Grammar School was founded in 1764, just ten years after the founding of King’s College, which later became Columbia College, now part of Columbia University. Originally established as a boys’ preparatory school for Kings College, Columbia Grammar School functioned for 100 years under the direct auspices of the college. In 1864, the trustees of Columbia College terminated their relationship with Columbia Grammar School, and the School became a proprietary institution, achieving its non-profit status in 1941.
In 1956, we welcomed more students into our community when we merged with the neighboring Leonard School for Girls and became a co-educational institution. Leonard’s interconnected brownstones on West 94th Street are home today to our prek through second grade students.
In 1969, the School’s name was officially changed to Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. Shortly thereafter, we began a tremendous physical expansion project, which today is now the largest campus in Manhattan, educating nearly 1,300 students from PreK to Grade 12.
In 2014, we proudly celebrated our 250th anniversary as one of the oldest independent schools in the United States. In 2017, Dr. William M. Donohue was appointed as only the 14th Head of School in the School’s history.
The transportation options available to our Grammar and Middle School families for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows:
1. Private Bus Service (Grades Pre-K to 7)
Our private bus service provider is Mario’s Transportation. Mario’s rates are $5,600.00 round-trip and $3,600.00 one-way. In addition to door-to-door service, Mario’s can drop off at religious school or other after school activity. This is provided that it does not significantly alter the route and/or drop-off times for other students. They will also accommodate play dates with some restrictions. Please give Mario’s advance notice if there is an alternate drop-off or play date.
Please contact Mario’s if you are interested in private service. They will need adequate time to plan and test routes. Mario’s Transportation can be reached at 718.748.4100 and at email@example.com. Their forms can be downloaded below or from their website (mariostransportation.com).
2. Kid Car
Kid Car is a child-friendly car service founded in 2007 with trained and vetted drivers. Kid Car can be engaged for door-to-door pick up and drop off. They can also be used for post-dismissal transport, be it the after-school program or extended day. You can see what they have to offer at kidcar.net or contact the proprietor directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Public Bus Service (Grade K-6)
Consolidated Bus is a free public bus service, which is available to eligible students. There are two morning and two afternoon routes. The a.m. and p.m. East Side buses are M1174 and M9081. The a.m. and p.m. West Side buses are M1050 and M9313. The routes as listed will likely be in place at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. The routes can be downloaded below.
Pick-ups and drop-offs by Consolidated are generally at the far corner through the stoplight. Check the route to get a sense of the direction the bus is traveling in.
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The Office of Pupil Transportation operates under a “Parent Not at Home” policy with regard to afternoon drop-offs. Simply stated, a driver can drop off a child without an adult present to receive him or her. However, students can choose to remain on the bus and be returned to CGPS. We urge anyone using public busing to develop a contingency plan in the event that someone is not there to greet the bus. The policy can be downloaded below.
Lastly, Consolidated does not accommodate play dates.
If your child is registered for the current school year and you want to continue, do nothing and your service will carry over to the next. Contact the Transportation Coordinator if you are interested in first time service.
Children using private transportation may be eligible for a MetroCard but children using Consolidated Bus are not. Unless otherwise instructed, MetroCards will be re-issued to students who received them in the past.
Please be advised that PreK students are not eligible for the public bus or a MetroCard. The public transportation guidelines can be downloaded below.