Admissions Newsletter: December 2023

Thank you again for your interest in The School at Columbia University!

We extend our gratitude for taking the important steps toward learning more about our school as you continue the admissions process. Your curiosity and engagement in our community is truly valued, and we look forward to guiding your family through the admissions journey.

As we delve together into the application process, our team eagerly anticipates the opportunity to connect with you and share the unique aspects of our school. Below, we've gathered recent curricular highlights from each of our school divisions: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (Grs. 3-5), and Middle (Grs. 6-8).

We wish you and your family a joyous and restful winter season! As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.


TSC Enrollment Team

Mónica Amaro

Director of Enrollment

Beth Bass and Xán Miñán

Enrollment Coordinators

Primary Division Spotlight

Second graders spent an autumnal day at Black Rock Forest, exploring and experiencing the forest habitat! They hiked and discovered decomposing logs, fungi, moss, birds' nests and many acorn caps. It was a trip for slowing down, listening, noticing and appreciating nature.

First graders have been integrating their science, engineering, technology, Spanish and art skills, as they explore the idea that machines can be programmed to perform tasks and make decisions, learning that artificial intelligence (AI) is a tool created by humans. Students chose real-world problems to tackle and designed solutions, including prototypes, in the spirit of using AI for social good.

Click here to learn more about the Primary Division curriculum.

Intermediate Division Spotlight

Fourth graders have been learning about modern choreographers including the legendary Alvin Ailey, and dancers from the second company, Ailey II, came to TSC to work directly with students! They led students through a warmup, technique steps across the floor, and choreography sequences from Ailey's signature work, "Revelations."

Shortly after the dancers visited TSC, fourth graders attended the Ailey II performance of

"Revelations" at New York City Center, and had the opportunity to witness the choreography they have been learning in class performed on stage. 

Click here to learn more about the Intermediate Division curriculum.

Middle Division Spotlight

Eighth graders attended a fantastic immersive performance at Harlem Stage by Ballet Hispánico, where they traveled through Colombia, México, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic and New York, learning about the history, culture and dance of each place.

This year, Middle Division students were given the opportunity to apply to be a Junior Librarian! Junior Librarians volunteer their time to learn more about how the library is organized and to help in the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making our collection accessible to the whole community.

Click here to learn more about the Middle Division curriculum.

Celebrating Our School Community

From November 27th, to December 1st, TSC celebrates Solidarity Week! In school, we celebrate solidarity by wearing purple on Friday (December 1st), and having solidarity pledges and purple ribbons ready for anyone interested in the lobby in the morning. This year, Solidarity Week is extra important. People around the world are being excluded because of their race, religion, gender, or other aspects of their identity in ways that are discriminatory and hurtful. Throughout Solidarity Week, TSC is fighting against stereotypes and making sure everyone feels welcome.

—By a Gr. 5 student, via The TSC 5A Weekly newsletter

In honor of Solidarity Week, student buddies wrote and decorated messages of support, encouragement and inspiration. The messages are linked together into a beautiful paper chain for our school.