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Columbia Secondary School

Columbia Secondary School is a coeducational public school for students in grades 6 through 10.

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Institution Type: Public Setting: Urban


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Columbia Secondary School (CSS) is a 6-12 school serving academically talented students who have an interest in a selective and demanding program focusing on math, science and engineering. Columbia Secondary School immerses students in science and math as a way of making sense of the world. Learning experiences focus on active exploration of major concepts, ideas and theories that respond to life's big questions. Our students become aware of their responsibilities to their communities and to the world. At Columbia Secondary School, students engage in their own explorations so that they may experience the excitement of discovery.

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Seven-year Math, Science and Engineering Program (6th-12th grade); Humanities sequence including Philosophy; Required electives in the sciences and creative arts including Environmental Science, Genetics, Science Fiction Film, Current Events, Web Design; Focus on Sustainability and Community Service; Students have access to Columbia University facilities

Program Overview

Program Specialization: Science and Math

Available Seats in Freshmen Class: 96

Admission Method: Screened

Entrance Requirements: Review of Attendance & Punctuality

Required Grades

  • Math: 90-100
  • Science: 90-100
  • Social Studies: 90-100
  • English: 90-100


Buses: BX15, M10, M100, M104, M11, M2, M3, M4, M5, M7

Trains: 1, A, B, C, D to 125th St



Public schools are supported through local, state, and federal funding, and do not charge tuition to students who attend them.



Admission Priorities

  • Priority to continuing 8th graders
  • Then to New York City residents

Important Dates

Regular Application Deadline: December 2


  • AP Biology
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture
  • AP United States History
  • Spanish Native Language Arts
  • Spanish
  • Latin

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 474
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
6 97
7 96
8 95
9 91
10 95

Columbia Secondary School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Columbia Secondary School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 20 : 1
Gender 50% Male / 50% Female
Socioeconomic Diversity

60% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at Columbia Secondary School.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 19%
Hispanic/Latino 49%
Black or African American 20%
Asian 12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

There were 5 incidents of bullying last year at Columbia Secondary School, which equals 0.0129 incidents per student.


Amnesty International, Ancient Egypt, Architecture, Architectural Design, Book Circles, Chess, Cooking, Engineering, Film, Gardening, House Reps, Journalism, Latin American Poetry and Song, Latin Dance, Math Bowl, Math Problem Solving, Moot Court, Multimedia Design, Neuroscience, Photography, Robotics, Science Fair, Student Government, Studio Art, Science Bowl, Theatre, Webpage Club; Students serve on the Borough Advisory Council
  • Art Club
  • Chess Club
  • Dance Club
  • Dance Team
  • Film Club
  • Math Team
  • Photography Club
  • Robotics
  • Student Government
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