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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in CGPS. To apply, please click on the “Inquire/Apply Now” button and complete the form. Please note: there are different requirements for different grade levels, and more information is listed below. After creating an account, families will be able to view the application checklist of items required to complete the admission process. Please select the grade(s) you are interested in applying to and follow the instructions below.

Application Instructions

Grammar School (Pre-K - grade 1)

  1. Playgroup/Interview: While children meet in a small playgroup, parents tour our School with one of our Parent Ambassadors. The tour will last approximately one hour. 
  2. Parent Interview: Parents will meet with a member of our Admission team on the same day as their child’s playgroup/interview. It is recommended that both parents attend.
  3. School Report: Submit the “Transcript Release” form to the applicant’s current school. This form enables the school to send a current school report directly to the Admissions Office.
  4. Photo: We would encourage you to  upload a photo of the applicant to our online system, though it is not required.
  5. Testing: Although we do not require testing for Grades PreK through Grade 1, we will accept AABL (Admissions Assessment for Beginning Learners) as part of our application process. If your child is taking AABL for another school be sure to list Columbia Grammar as a recipient. AABL is administered by ERB (Educational Records Bureau), More information is available on their website. Please note the CGPS Testing Codes: ERB 333570 and SSAT 2514

Questions? Please contact Janet Barrett, Grammar School Admission Director, at admission@cgps.org or 212.749.6200 x261.

Grammar School (grades 2 - 4)

 

  1. Student Interview and Tour: The student spends time in a classroom while the parents tour the School with one of our Parent Ambassadors. The tour will last approximately one hour. After the class visit, an Admission Counselor will meet with the student. 
  2. Parent Interview: Parents will meet with a member of our Admission team on the same day as their child’s playgroup/interview. It is recommended that both parents attend. 
  3. Testing: The ISEE Primary test, administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB), is required for admission for students entering grades 2-4. Your child’s testing should be scheduled with the ERB on their website, or call or at 800.446.0320, listing CGPS as a recipient. Please note the CGPS Testing Codes: ERB 333570 and SSAT 2514
  4. ISAAGNY Candidate Recommendation Form: The applicant’s current homeroom teacher/advisor must complete the recommendation form and submit it directly to the Admission office. 
  5. Transcript: The applicant’s most recent transcripts must be submitted directly to the Admission Office.
  6. Photo: We would encourage you to upload a photo of the applicant to our online system, though it is not required.

Questions? Please contact Janet Barrett, Grammar School Admission Director, at admission@cgps.org or 212.749.6200 x261.

Middle School (grades 5 - 7)

 

  1. Student Interview and Tour: Once we receive your application, we will contact you with a tour and interview date. The visit will last approximately 90 minutes. Families tour our facilities, and then students interview with an admissions counselor. a member of our Admission team.
  2. Parent Interview: Parents interview with  a member of our Admission team.
  3. Testing: Applicants take either the ISEE or SSAT and submit those test scores to the Admission Office. For the ISEE test, your child’s testing is administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) and should be arranged by contacting the ERB office through their website or by calling 800.446.0320 and listing our school as a recipient. Our school code is 333570. For the SSAT, your child’s testing is administered by the Secondary School Admissions Bureau (SSATB) and should be arranged by visiting the SSAT site or by calling 609.683.5558 and listing our school as a recipient. Our school code is 2514.
  4. Recommendations: The applicant’s current homeroom teacher/advisor must complete the Candidate Recommendation Form and submit it directly to the Admissions Office. Additional math and English recommendations are required for 7th grade applicants.
  5. Transcript: The applicant’s most recent transcripts must be submitted directly to the Admission office.
  6. Photo: We would encourage you to upload a photo of the applicant to our online system, though it is not required.

Questions? Please contact Thomas Merrick, Middle and Prep School Admission Director, at admission@cgps.org or 212.749.6200 x362

Preparatory School (grades 8 - 12)

 

  1. Student Interview and Tour: We will schedule an interview and tour that takes approximately 90 minutes. The first 45 minutes consist of a school tour for the applicant and his/her family given by CGPS students who are part of our Blue Key Ambassador’s club.  Following the tour, students and parents will be interviewed separately by a member of the Admission team. 
  2. Student Questionnaire: The applicant must submit a student questionnaire prior to his/her interview. This online form can be found on the check list when you log on to your account.
  3. Testing: Our applicants take either the ISEE or SSAT and submit those test scores to the Admission Office. For the ISEE test, your child’s testing is administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) and should be arranged by contacting the ERB through their website or  by calling 800.446.0320 and listing our school as a recipient. Our school code is 333570. For the SSAT test, your child’s testing is administered by the Secondary School Admissions Bureau (SSATB) and should be arranged by contacting the SSAT site or by calling 609.683.5558 and listing our school as a recipient. The school code is 2514.
  4. Recommendations: We require three separate recommendation letters: one from an advisor, one from an English teacher and one from a math teacher. 
  5. Transcript: We ask that transcripts from the previous academic year and from the current semester be sent directly to the admissions office.  
  6. Photo: It is highly recommended that you upload a photo of the applicant to our online system, though it is not required.

Questions? Please contact Thomas Merrick, Middle and Prep School Admission Director, at tmerrick@cgps.org or 212.749.6200 x362
 

Forms

Helpful Tips

Our Application can be completed in multiple sessions

After you have created your account, bookmark the login screen. As you complete sections of the application, you will be prompted to save your work. If you need to take a break and come back to it, even a few days later, the work you have completed will still be there. Simply log in again and return to where you left off.

Paying the Application Fee

You may pay the application fee online. At the end of the application, you will come to a secure, encrypted page where you can make a credit-card fee payment. If you will be applying for financial aid, the application fee will be waived.. If you have questions about the financial aid process, please contact Carrie Salvatore, Director of Admission and Enrollment Management at 212.749.6200 x293.

Setting up the interview and child visit

Once we receive your application, we will contact you with a tour and interview date.

Tracking the Application

Please note that by logging into your CGPS account, you can utilize the "tracker" feature which will keep you up to date by allowing you to see when other pieces of the application, such as transcripts and teacher recommendations, have arrived.

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.