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Admissions Office

General Inquiries

Rekha Puri, Director of Admissions and Enrollment

Christopher Blackman, Admissions Coordinator
Michael Juliani, Admissions Coordinator

Business and Financial Aid Office

General Inquiries

Etolia Fisher, Manager of Financial Accounting

David Cornwell, Business Manager

Joseph Miller, Financial Assistant
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 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 2017-18 school year must turn five by December 31, 2017.
  • 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, 2016 and closes October 15, 2016. Families may come in and complete an online form, and assistance is available at the school Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Applications are sent via email in late 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 18, 2016. Kindly refer to the application checklist for exact dates.
  • Application deadline for 2017-18 is November 18, 2016 (must submit completed application and birth certificate)
. School reports are due by November 18, 2016.
  • Kindergarten parent/s and children must attend a Child Visit in December 2016.
  • Grades 1-8 parent/s and children must attend the Child Visit in January 2017.
  • Notifications are mailed in early February 2017.
  • Signed contracts and deposits are due by February 17, 2017. 
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 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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