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Overall Niche Grade
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  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
    C+
Columbia Secondary School is a highly rated, public school located in New York, NY. It has 668 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 90% in reading.
Address
425 W 123rd St
New York, NY 10027
Telephone
(212) 666-1278

Columbia Secondary School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
90%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1230
93 responses
Average ACT
26
13 responses
AP Enrollment
42%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$75,513
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,575
National
$949
Median Home Value
$871,500
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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
58%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 39 responses
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  • Cultural Events
    28%
  • The school musicals
    28%
  • Rugby
    13%
  • Soccer
    10%
  • School Garden
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • Career Fair
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
668
Free or Reduced Lunch
54%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$78,916
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.7%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.22 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.22 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.22 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
60%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
16%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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I attended CSS from 6th all the way to 12th grade, and was quite happy with my experience. For its incredible diversity, strong sense of community, and challenging academics, I'd highly recommend CSS. Being able to take CU classes in my later years was a great opportunity, and the small grade sizes always meant that teachers built personal relationships with their students. All that being said, CSS is definitely not a typical selective NYC magnet school, and if that is the experience you're looking for I'd recommend against CSS. The school lacks proper funding, as evident by the cramped hallways and lack of a library, and the sense of competition found at schools like Bronx Science or Stuyvesant is completely absent. That isn't to say CSS isn't difficult if you want it to be - its just that the core curriculum (and administration) never push students too far our of their comfort zone. Overall, I'd definitely recommend the school.
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I do not hold any grudges towards Columbia Secondary School and am very grateful for the time I had there. The access to various college course options were tremendously helpful and the college office takes good care of their students in the application process, as well as matching a student up to a good college for them. The family spirit of it is also well intact and fostered through activities and events held by the administration and parents of the students. The types of classes provided are also quite good, although their quality in actuality may fluctuate.
I loved my time at Columbia Secondary School. A very accelerated way of learning, this high school provided students with a private school experience whilst staying at a public school level. The teachers were friendly and knew exactly how to handle and teach each individual person, whilst still staying on task and thoroughly increasing knowledge.
For the future I would like to see a change within the food system, more options presented as well as at a better quality. I would also like to see the administration increase their abilities when it comes to helping students in a more fair way.