Rekha Puri Director of Admissions and Enrollment, K-8 212-851-4220
Christopher Blackman Associate Director of Admissions and Enrollment, K-8 212-851-4162
Michael Juliani Associate Director of Admissions and Enrollment, K-8
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Applicant families must live in New York City Public School District 3 or 5. Families drawn from the lottery must verify that the primary residence of the student and a custodial parent is within the catchment area via lease or mortgage statement. This must be the same address used for federal tax submissions.
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.
The School at Columbia follows the New York City Public Schools' calendar for birthday cutoffs: Students applying to Kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year must turn five by December 31, 2020.
The School does not require any educational testing (ERB, etc.) for admission.
The School does not have an application fee.
How Are Acceptances Determined?
All inquiries submitted between September 1, 2019 and October 15, 2019 are entered into the neighborhood lottery. Applications are sent via email in mid-October to families drawn from the lottery.
Online inquiry opens on September 1, 2019 and closes on October 15, 2019. Families may complete an online form. Assistance is also available at the school Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.
All inquiries submitted are entered into the neighborhood lottery. Applications are sent via email in mid-October to families drawn from the lottery. Application receipt does not guarantee a space.
Parent/s must attend a scheduled Open House in November 2019. Kindly refer to the application checklist for exact dates.
Application deadline for 2020-21 is noon on November 22, 2019 (must submit completed application, proof of residency, birth certificate and optional photo) . School reports are due by November 22, 2019.
Kindergarten parent/s and children must attend a Child Visit in December 2019. Grades 1-8 parent/s and children must attend their corresponding Child Visit in December 2019. Kindly refer to the application for specific dates.
For all applicants, the process includes an assessment by The School to confirm it can serve the child.
Notifications are sent in early February 2020.
Signed contracts and deposits are due by noon on February 14, 2020. We have a limited number of openings at each grade level. Because we draw more students from our lottery than we have spaces, 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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