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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Columbia Secondary School is a top rated, public school located in New York, NY. It has 687 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 91% of students are at least proficient in math and 91% in reading.
Address
425 W 123rd St
New York, NY 10027
Telephone
(212) 666-2475
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Columbia Secondary School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
91%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1270
140 responses
Average ACT
27
16 responses
AP Enrollment
46%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    D+
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Median Household Income
$65,379
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,473
National
$949
Median Home Value
$476,274
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
87%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 46 responses
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  • The school musicals
    30%
  • Cultural Events
    24%
  • Rugby
    13%
  • School Garden
    9%
  • Soccer
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    9%
  • Career Fair
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
687
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$78,916
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.3%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.25 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.25 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.25 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
61%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.28 responses
18%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.28 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.28 responses
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When my daughter entered Columbia secondary school , she was suprised to see this school campus is so small compared to her previous school in Beijing China. Maybe it is in Newyork city,narrow, limit.More time she spent the time in school, more she like everything and enjoy very moment in school. The school has the teachers taking their best efforts help each students in their academy, arts, curriculum etc. The teachers are familiar with every student and have very good relationships with students. My daughter involved in the sports of cross country and annal Broadway musical in school. As the rising seniors ,the AP chemistry teacher and AP calculus gave them a lot of summer time homework which has wonderful explanations about it .I was told that the AP chemistry teacher Pro. Rachel Jun is a recipient of a 2018Blackboard Award! I’m very very glad the school gives the engineering lesson and to my surprise,she equipped an amazing robot full of high technology during the class.
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I went to this school for seven years (middle school and high school) and I can say for sure that they prepared me for college. Their curriculum is STEM heavy, with engineering (with computer science), science, math, and technology all four years. The only thing I have to say is that their music and art curriculum is a little lacking. But there are still art opportunities! There is a musical production every year that takes a whole semester to prepare for. After school there are a number of clubs and electives for every interest (I enjoyed Video Game Club!). We even have a garden, complete with live chickens! College preparedness begins near the end of your Junior year; I was so ready that I had my college application finished before November, thanks to the college counselors. The teachers are great here, open for help (many of them have office hours). The workload might be tough at first, but it's nothing that students can handle. I will miss the school when I leave for college.
I'm still in freshman year, and I've been here since 6th grade. The school and academics are good in itself. The teachers are very passionate about what they teach compared to a lot of other schools I've heard of. It's honestly what you make of it. It's a hard school to be quite frank. The people here, aren't exactly the best and I've been involved in too much drama from 6th to 9th grade. Homework is not too hard or long if you manage your time well. This is a school where you can very easily get involved with the community, however, not many kids do. It's quite hard to be independent here, but you honestly can be if you try. But yeah, be aware of these things. You can take Columbia courses though, only if you're eligible and you have REALLY good grades. The dean is strict on the uniform policy, which is annoying. The girl's basketball team was cut off which really sucks, and the only sports that are really focused on are the boy's basketball, and the rugby team. Review by: Alyssa R.P