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Columbia Secondary School

Overview paragraph: 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: 100% of students graduate in four years.
Attendance Rate: 94% of students attendance.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 81% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 88% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 91% 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

Offer Rate: -56% of offers went to this group
Seats 9 GE: 80
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 3225
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 40
Seats 9 SWD: 16
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 209
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 13

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 (3.7-4.5)
Individual Interview (on-site)
Writing Sample


Extracurricular activities: Architectural Design, Architecture, Book Circles, Chess, Contrariwise Philosophy Journal, Cooking, Debate Team, Film, Gardening, Gay-Straight Student Alliance, 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, Webpage; Students serve on the Borough Advisory Council
Psal Sports Boys: Basketball, Rugby, Soccer
Psal Sports Girls: Basketball, Cross Country, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball

School sports: (NCAA Cleared) Basketball, Biking, Cheerleading, Coed Fitness Program, PSAL Coed Cross Country; Soccer

Other info

Total students: 702
Start time: 8am
End time: 2:30pm
Grades 2018: 6 to 12
Final grades: 6 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: American Sign Language, Arabic, French, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Biology, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish
Additional info: Community Service Expected; Dress Code; Extended Day Program; Extended Day Program (Tutoring); Online Grading System; Student Parent Orientation

School accessibility description: 2

More info

Borough: Manhattan
NTA: Morningside Heights
Neighborhood: Morningside Heights

School Number: M125
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 9
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: 1 to 116th St-Columbia University; A, C, B, D to 125th St
Bus: Bx15, M10, M100, M101, M104, M11, M116, M2, M3, M4, M5, M60-SBS, M7

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CTE program(s) in: Scientific Research and Engineering

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

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