COLUMBIA SECONDARY SCHOOL

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425 W 123RD ST
NEW YORK, NY 10027
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Phone: 212-666-1278
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 6th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: New York City Public Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 97
  • Number Students: 679
  • Number Teachers: 30
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Miriam Nightengale
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (31 ratings)
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    School Reviews (28 Reviews)
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    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-04-18
    "This school offers lots of programs in just about everything. The normal curriculum is advanced with special courses like Philosophy and Engineering. Teachers are very knowledgeable. There are many clubs and electives ranging from architecture 101 to 3d printing and modeling to neuroscience to guitar and music composition to theater. Also lots of sports - rugby, basketball, volleyball, and lots of events - musical every year, cultural celebrations...very awesome school. However, no school orchestra, band, chorus, or even music program at all, although there are such opportunities after school and outside of curriculum."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-01
    "This school is good for children who thrive in highly competitive, stressful situations. It is not a good match for children who struggle with time management or need a certain amount of freedom to pursue their own interests. Even if your child tests well, think carefully before placing him or her in an environment where he or she will constantly be under pressure and at risk of failing."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-17
    "teachers go above and beyond. After a rocky start - the new principal Miriam and her team have split their focus very effectively enriching the offerings for both middle and upper schools. 100% graduation rate for their first 12th grade and 100% going to college. Off to a great start!!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-17
    "Columbia Secondary School for Math Science and Engineering has been a very supportive and engaging environment for my child who is new to the school as a sixth grader. We appreciate the diversity of the student body and the individual sincere attention faculty (professors) provide on a daily basis. In addition to high expectations in regular ELA and STEM courses, my child studies Latin and Philosophy and adores the stimulating elective courses provided for no charge. For example, the engineering professor sponsored several winning entries at the annual Future Cities competition. In addition to new valuable academic content, my child has learned valuable life lessons in time management and organization skills directly attributed to class work. The current principal is to be commended for moving the school in positive directions. The school is in dire need of a larger lunch room, additional classroom space and student lockers. The current co-location of three schools in one building is a model that disadvantages all communities involved."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-16
    "Columbia Secondary offers a very dynamic and engaging curriculum.My 6th grader in one year has participated in a half year of moot court with high school students; studied engineering and philosophy; gardened and cooked in a program that emphasizes environmental awareness, progressed sophisticatedly in Spanish and partici[pated in Mandarin club; presented science projects at the Museum of Natural History and designed his own planetarium presentation for the public utilizing sophisticated research techniques and advanced computer skills. Teachers communicate to just let parents know the special achievements of their children and I have been very impressed with social interest projects on Rwandai, the Middle East and sustainability. My child developed organizational skills he never displayed earlier (going from the backpack from hell to organized notebooks, etc-miraculously! He manages his h.w. well. Most of all he likes and respects his peers who are intelligent, fun and diverse. Parent involvement and outreach is great. I recommend this school."
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