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Columbia Secondary School

Overview written by the school: Columbia Secondary School (CSS) is a school serving grades six through twelve which specializes in academically talented students who have an interest in a selective and demanding program focusing on math, science, and engineering. CSS immerses students in science and math as a way of making sense of the world. Learning experiences focus on active exploration of major concepts, ideas, and theories that respond to life's big questions. Our students become aware of their responsibilities to their communities and to the world. At CSS, students engage in their own explorations so that they may experience the excitement of discovery.
Diplomaendorsements: Math, Science

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 99% (at the end of the school year before last, the percent of students who graduated "on time" by earning a diploma four years after they entered 9th grade).
Daily Attendance Rate: 94% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 79% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 95% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 87% students feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room and cafeteria. (Student opinions on school safety, as reported on the NYC School Survey.)

Programs offered

Program 1: Columbia Secondary School
Code: A15A

Interest: Science & Math
Method: Screened

Seats 9 GE: 76
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 2653
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 35
Seats 9 SWD: 20
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 232
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 12

Seats 10: No
Admissions priority 1: Priority to continuing 8th graders
Admissions priority 2: Then to New York City residents

Requirement 1: Attendance
Requirement 2: Punctuality
Requirement 3: Course Grades: Average (93-100)
Standardized Test Scores: Average (3.9-4.5)
Individual Interview (On-Site)


Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities and clubs offered by the school that do not fall under one of the Sports categories (PSAL Sports or School Sports): Architectural Design, Architecture, Book Circles, Chess, Contrariwise Philosophy Journal, Cooking, Debate Team, Film, Gardening, Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Green Team, Journalism, Latin Dance, Math Bowl, Math Problem Solving, Model UN, Multimedia Design, Musical Theater, Neuroscience, Photography, Robotics, Science Bowl, Student Government, Studio Art, Urban Ecology
PSAL Sports Boys
Male PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Basketball, Rugby, Soccer
PSAL Sports Girls
Female PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Basketball, Cross Country, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball
PSAL Sports Coed
Co-ed PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: No data
School Sports
Sports offered by the school outside PSAL (Public School Athletics League): Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Track/Cross Country
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 718
Start time: 8:00am
End time: 2:26pm

Final grades: 6 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: French, German, Greek, Spanish, Urdu
Advancedplacement courses: AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture
Additional info: Dress Code; Extended Day Program; Online Grading System; Student Parent Orientation

School accessibility description: Partially Accessible

More info

Borough: Manhattan
NTA: Morningside Heights
Neighborhood: Morningside Heights

School Number: M125
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 109
Council district: 7
Census tract: 20901
BIN: 1059526
BBL: 1019640012

About Columbia Secondary School


Address: 425 WEST 123RD STREET, MANHATTAN NY 10027
Latitude: 40.810431
Longitude: -73.955809
Phone number: 212-666-1278
Fax number: 212-666-3805
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: 1 to 116th St-Columbia University; A, C, B, D to 125th St
Bus lines near the school: Bx15, M10, M100, M101, M104, M11, M116, M2, M3, M4, M5, M60-SBS, M7

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Students take Philosophy, Engineering, Spanish, Creative Arts, and an Elective- Math, Science, and Engineering Program

Humanities sequence includes Philosophy coursework- Electives in the Sciences and Creative Arts

Focus on sustainability and community service, Access to Columbia University facilities and may participate in early college study on campus

CTE program(s): Engineering

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