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Rekha Puri
Director of Admissions and Enrollment, K-8

Christopher Blackman
Associate Director of Admissions and Enrollment, K-8
Michael Juliani 
Associate Director of Admissions and Enrollment, K-8
Application Process

Columbia Families

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • To apply, at least one parent/guardian must be a Columbia University full-time Officer eligible for the PTS (Primary Tuition Scholarship) benefit.
  • Members of Columbia University bargaining units can apply through the neighborhood lottery process if they reside in New York City Public School District 3 or 5.
  • CU, Teachers College and Barnard students, visiting professors, adjunct professors, scholars/fellows, post-doctoral fellows, and all affiliates of Teachers College and Barnard College are not eligible to apply even if they live in District 3 or 5.
  • Applicant families must live in one of the five boroughs of New York City; they may start the application process before moving to New York City, but must establish residency at the time of matriculation. Residency must be confirmed by CU Human Resources and the Office of the Provost.
  • The School at Columbia follows the New York City Public Schools' calendar for birthday cutoffs: Students applying to Kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year must turn five by December 31, 2019.
  • The School does not require any educational testing (ERBs, etc.) for admission, nor do we have an application fee.

How Are Acceptances Determined?

  • Admissions criteria are administered by the Office of the Provost. Group 1, admitted first, is officers of instruction of professorial rank; Group 2 is officers of instruction of other ranks, officers of the libraries and research, and teachers at the K-8 School; Group 3 is officers of administration.
  • Lotteries are held by the Office of the Provost within each Group if there are more applicants than available seats.

Admissions Timeline

  • Online inquiry opens August 15, 2018 and closes October 15, 2018. Families may complete an online form. Assistance is also available at the school Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Applications are sent via email in mid-October to all Columbia families who submitted an inquiry form. Application receipt does not guarantee a space.
  • Parent/s must attend a scheduled Open House by November 14, 2018. Kindly refer to the application checklist for exact dates.
  • Application deadline for 2019-20 is noon on November 16, 2018 (must submit completed application, birth certificate and optional photo)
. School reports are due by November 16, 2018.
  • Kindergarten parent/s and children must attend a Child Visit in December 2018. Grades 1-8 parent/s and children must attend their corresponding Child Visit in December 2018. Kindly refer to the application checklist for exact dates.
  • Notifications are mailed in early February 2019.
  • Signed contracts and deposits are due by noon on February 15, 2019. 
We have a limited number of openings at each grade level. Children may be placed on our waitlist to be offered admission if additional spaces become available. The waitlist stays active only until the start of the school year, and does not automatically carry over to the next year; families must reapply if they wish to be in the next year’s application cycle.

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