Last Thursday, the Prep School English department held its annual Summer Reading Symposium for 11th and 12th grade students.
- How many students are enrolled in CGPS?
- What is the Student:Teacher ratio?
- When do applications open? Is there an application deadline?
- What is the application fee?
- Do you have a prek program? What is the age requirement?
- What is the birthday cut-off for kindergarten applicants?
- Is testing required for admission?
- Does Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School offer financial aid?
- Do you offer Open Houses?
- Do you offer spring tours?
- Are certain applicants given special consideration?
- What is your affiliation with Columbia University?
- Where do your students go to college?
Need based financial aid is available beginning in kindergarten. Please contact Carrie Salvatore at email@example.com or at 212.749.6200 x293 with any questions you may have. Please note that we do not offer financial aid for pre-kindergarten.
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.