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Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School balances a rigorous comprehensive college preparatory curriculum with healthy social and emotional development. We dedicate ourselves to educating students with diverse talents and backgrounds and offer them opportunities to learn, reflect and safely express their ideas and creativity. With our parent body, we share a fundamental commitment to high academic achievement and the development of social responsibility.


Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School is committed to a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory curriculum with a serious emphasis on art, music, and drama. The academic program is structured and balanced within the liberal arts and sciences in order to develop each student’s intellectual potential to its fullest for college and beyond. The program includes English, language arts, foreign language, mathematics, the sciences, current and historical social studies, physical education, and the fine arts. At the same time, the school recognizes its fundamental responsibility to develop good character, standards of conduct, and a sense of social responsibility within the school community. The development of good citizenship in our students is regarded as a crucial and integral part of their education. Our school is strongly committed to coeducation and feels that a relaxed but structured social setting where boys and girls can learn together is the most effective educational environment. The school is also committed to a financial aid program designed to maintain diversity and balance—racial, ethnic, and financial—within our school community.

Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School has a responsibility to our students, to their parents, and society at large to help each child become a well-educated, responsible, caring, and productive person. Cultivating our students’ minds, supplying them with a substantial fund of knowledge, and providing them with the basis for making sound ethical judgments remain the foundations of the school’s mission and philosophy.

For more detailed information about Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School and our approach to education, you may want to read Headmaster Dr. Richard Soghoian’s recent book Mind the Gap! An Insider’s Irreverent Look at Private School Finances and Management, which not only describes our unique educational philosophy as a school but provides a provocative discussion of educational issues in general.


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