The School at Columbia University engages in local and national partnerships to further our mission and expand educational opportunities for our students.
The Black Rock Consortium
is an alliance of public and private schools, colleges, universities, and scientific and cultural institutions that pursues research, education and conservation in the 3,835-acre Black Rock Forest in New York’s Hudson Highlands. The School at Columbia University has been an active consortium member since our founding in 2003. Beginning in Grade 2, students visit the forest at least once a year, working with scientists, hiking, and when they enter the Middle Division, camping.
The School donates to Broadway Community, Inc. (BCI),
a community-based social service organization. Students and parents also organize clothing and supply drives for the organization throughout the school year, as well as for Cathedral Community Cares (CCC),
a local organization committed to combatting poverty.
Our Gay-Straight-Transgender Alliance (GSTA) partners with Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
to continue to effect positive change at The School. During Ally Week in the fall, hundreds in the school community pledge to be up-standers for others, and wear purple ribbons in support. In the spring, the GSTA plans anti-bullying activities leading up to the National Day of Silence. They present to students about the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying, and organize an assembly to inspire change.
Students sing to and perform for neighborhood elders through Lifeforce in Later Years (LiLY),
a Morningside Heights organization dedicated to increasing visibility and resources for elders and elder care. Students in After School Program classes make and deliver cards and seasonal gifts to local elders through LiLY as well.
The School partners with TED to host an annual TEDxYouth
one-day event for Middle Division students, showcasing student and alumni speakers and performers. Centered around a national theme, the event is held to instigate deep discussion, thinking, connection and ideas.