School Details

Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School

5 West 93rd Street, New York, NY 10025
(212) 749-6200

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-12 1251 students 6 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School is a private high school in New York. The principal of Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School is Richard J. Soghoian and can be contacted at 1,251 students attend Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School is 6:1. Dwight School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 84% %
Hispanic 7% %
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    CGPS was a perfect fir for my daughter with one exception. It lacks racial economic and religious affliation diversity.

  • (5 years ago)

    Columbia Prep is a great school I have attended the school for 13 years and I cannot imagine attending any other school.

  • (5 years ago)

    great education great people all around great 4 years of my life

  • (6 years ago)

    School is all around fantastic! Academically very strong and socially very nurturing at younger ages.

  • (6 years ago)

    Actually 3 1/2 --- the grammar school is still the most caring and nurturing teaching environment I've ever seen and could warrant 5 stars on its own-- the high school needs a different admin. philosophy and perhaps a kinder attitude toward parents. They encourage parent involvement early on then have no system to disengage by high school when they expect to just deal with the students. The difference is in the styles of two different principals. I think there could be less social drama and teen experimentation at the high school level if the teens were handled differently. There are the usual cliques and status competitions over designer things but academically it is solid--the teachers seem to care more than the administration . The experience up until 9th grade was like a storybook delight. High school combined with the influx of new kids and the different administration --- not so much

  • (7 years ago)

    Columbia Prep is teaching me to have a healthy mind body soul and heart. Its academics are challenging yet not overwhelming its sports are fun and exciting the facilities are of high quality and the community students and teachers are caring and kind. When people think of the New York City private preparatory schools and how good it is to enroll Columbia Prep should come to mind. It has all the qualities that an elite NYC private school should have but unlike schools like Nightingale Bamford Spence Chapin etc. the environment is friendly and relaxed. One would think it is surprising that students can learn so much in such a relaxed environment but that is the best way to learn. Another nice thing about this school is kids won't look at you funny if you don't wear designer shoes unlike most other schools.

  • (9 years ago)

    Columbia Prep is a great find in the competitive world of private high schools balancing perfectly a blend of academics art sports and individual student attention. Although the facilites are not particularly dazzling to the eye they are very high-quality. There are two large gyms in the prep school and a spacious carpeted library. There's also a theater downstairs in the prep school with high-quality seats and a full stage with curtains and a backstage. Overall it's a great choice.

  • (9 years ago)

    The extra activities at CGPS are amazing. The teachers are what really make CGPS outstanding. Kind caring smart ans engaging. I feel very lucky. They only need to update the grammar schools look - the entry way and music room.

  • (9 years ago)

    All extra curriculars are available. Private school education with a public school culture.

  • (10 years ago)

    Columbia Grammar provides a nuturing academically challenging environment that stresses a students strengths while providing any extra assistance needed to develop a well-rounded and well-educated person. The description of faculty as 'caring and concerned' may be a cliche but it fits the group of teachers which we have experienced in the lower school.

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