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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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    our core values

    At CGPS, our five core values are the pillars that define curricular, extracurricular and social-emotional life for our community.

    Balance

    Curiosity

    Excellence

    Integrity

    Unity

     

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    Chess Students Show Resilience While Competing Nationwide

    This year’s National K-12 Chess Championships were replaced by a novel online edition due to COVID. Predictably, the new format presented an array of technical and logistical challenges compared to the annual trip to Florida, but the event was still well-attended and highly competitive. Meanwhile, Hans N.' 21 was abroad confirming his Grandmaster status.

    • All School
    Fifth Grade Historian Jared L. Launches Website Showcasing Student Work

    In Core Coordinator Stefanie Trepper’s 5-6 class, students are taking part in an investigative American history unit. One fun project requires students to research and create a timeline of the events leading up to the American Revolution. Fifth grade student, Jared L., went above and beyond, taking it upon himself to create a website to house the timelines of each of his classmates.

    • Middle School
    MS Club Hosts Coach of Tibetan Basketball Team

    Last Monday, the Middle School club Sports Talk played host to Bill Johnson, who played basketball as a student at MIT before becoming an assistant coach there, and who currently coaches a semi-professional basketball team in China’s Gansu province on the Tibetan Plateau.

    • Middle School
    GS Greets Animals From Across the World

    On Friday, February 26, the Grammar School participated in an exciting, virtual animal assembly with Collin Davis of The Nature Company, a Brooklyn-based animal education program.

    • Grammar School