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
    C+
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
86%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1220
69 responses
Average ACT
28
10 responses
AP Enrollment
42%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
78%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
44%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • The school musicals
    36%
  • Cultural Events
    32%
  • Rugby
    16%
  • Career Fair
    4%
  • School Garden
    4%
  • Soccer
    4%
  • Spirit Week
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
660
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.7%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.19 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.19 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.19 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
59%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
18%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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Thinking back on my high school career at Columbia Secondary School, I now realize it was not very memorable. I enjoyed being around some of the students, but a lot of the time, students were very loud in the hallways and classrooms. Some professors were amazing at what they did; you could tell they really cared about their students work. There were also many professors who did not seem to care very much about their students work. The academics were never easy. There was always something challenging in each class, getting us more prepared for college. There were sadly not many clubs or activities or sports available for students while I attended. Despite there not being very much of school culture, I never felt afraid while being at school. Just because there is not a lot of school spirit does not mean students are mean or aggressive towards one another. Even though I cannot remember much of my high school career, I do remember it always being safe and welcoming.
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Although the diversity and school events in Columbia Secondary School are like no other, some teachers do not care about the well-being of their students. The school also tends to sweep under the rug their errors but are not afraid to shine the spotlight on the errors of their students. In addition, the school honors the same group of students and do not motivate others to reach for their best. That being said Columbia Secondary School still consists of very bright and well-informed individuals which explains why bullying is not very common in this school.
My child is happy at school, she never complains about going to school and she is energized by her teachers. Learning is something she wants to do. One teacher (aka Professor at CSS) has a commitment to community garden and get the students out in the garden regularly to care for plants and chickens- not a usual opportunity in Manhattan. The school musical, a full length Broadway production, had 15% student participation... Pretty impressive!