Student Experience

Our student experience is purposefully designed to be expansive. It is our belief that a balanced education leads to a powerful life, and we are committed to an atmosphere in which each of our students can explore their passions and interests on a profound level every day.

Inside and outside of the classroom, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School is a beehive of activity. In the Grammar School, children can enjoy their day at school from breakfast with their parents in the cafeteria to an incredible array of after-school options that is unique to CGPS. There are over a hundred club offerings in the Middle School and Prep School that students participate in during the school day, as well as 44 Club, Junior Varsity and Varsity teams from grades 5-12, instrumental and vocal music ensembles, and theater productions. The thoughtful, balanced daily schedule of our students encourages exploration, reflection and excellence. 

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    Sixth Graders Deliver Meals to Elderly

    The sixth grade is participating in the Citymeals program. Every month a group of sixteen students delivers 15-20 meals to the elderly on the Upper West Side.

    • All School
    Prep School Art Club Creates Sculptures for Fall Play

    On Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, the Prep School theater department put on their fall play, Tina Howe’s Museum. The story, which takes place in a museum gallery, features nine sculptures from fictitious artist Agnes Vaag. To create the artwork, theater department head Sarah Cusick reached out to Lynn Schulte, head of the art department, and the Prep School Art Club.

    • Prep School
    4th Graders Travel Along the Silk Road

    The fourth graders here at CGPS experienced the Silk Road during an in-school field trip. Each of the six fourth-grade classrooms served as a visual representation of the series of trade routes between the East and West and focused on a distinct aspect of the Silk Road experience.

    • Grammar School