The School at Columbia University
|The School at Columbia University|
556 West 110th Street, New York, NY 10025
|Type||Private and Coeducational|
|Head of School||Amani Reed|
|Grades||K - 8|
|Mascot||Leo The Lion|
The School at Columbia University is a private K-8 school affiliated with Columbia University. Students are drawn equally from the Morningside Heights, Manhattan/Upper West Side/Harlem community and from the faculty and staff of the university. Currently there are three divisions: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5) and Middle (6-8). Each division has its own Division Head and there is one Head of School. It is located at 110th Street and Broadway in the New York City borough of Manhattan.
In 2000, Columbia University decided to develop a school that would serve the needs of its faculty and would also serve the community. The 13-story site (a mixed faculty housing and school building) was decided on in 2001 and construction started later that year. The school officially opened on September 17, 2003.
The school has an admissions policy that is unusual for private schools in New York City in that incoming children are not screened for ability. Each incoming kindergarten class is made up of two groups of children, one group is drawn from the children of Columbia University faculty and staff, while the second group is drawn from the community of New York City School Districts 3 and 5. Children of Columbia faculty and staff are chosen through a mix of retention requirements, cross-department representation and a lottery. Children from the community are selected through a random lottery with no screening and every incoming community child is eligible for financial aid on a needs basis. After winning the lottery, parents can schedule a tour the school and children are invited for a 2-hour visit where they spend time in a kindergarten classroom with other applicants  However, the application process includes "...an assessment by The School to confirm it can serve the child." , which even for children who "win the lottery" or are otherwise guaranteed a slot through their department, can result in denial of admission for reasons relating to learning needs the School purports it cannot serve (despite the presence of other children in The School who receive such services).
- "The School at Columbia University: History". Columbia University. Archived from the original on 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- The School at Columbia University : Provost Letter Archived 2007-07-01 at the Wayback Machine
- The School at Columbia University : Admissions Archived 2008-05-15 at the Wayback Machine