The School at Columbia University is an independent K-8 school founded by the University in 2003 with the goal of providing an excellent education to a diverse student body. Nearly 150 faculty and staff members teach approximately 500 students, with an average class size of 16. In keeping with The School's mission, the admissions process ensures an equal enrollment distribution between children of Columbia University families and children of neighborhood families who live in New York City Public School Districts 3 and 5. The School occupies six floors and 80,000 square feet on the southeast corner of Broadway and 110th Street in New York City, just blocks from the main Columbia University campus. The intentional school culture embraces shared beliefs across disciplines and grades that underlie important values expressed through everyday behaviors and visible symbols throughout the community. The yearly professional theme for faculty and families highlights one of the four following values and beliefs: collaboration, community, diversity, and innovation.
The New York State Association of Independent Schools promotes the independence, well-being and public understanding of, and respect for, New York independent schools and serves as an accrediting body chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.
NYSAIS is a voluntary association of 196 independent nursery, elementary and secondary schools enrolling some 78,000 students. It is affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools and the New York State Coalition for Independent and Religious Schools. Founded in 1947, the Association is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and is incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.
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NYSAIS Athletic Association
The mission of New York State interscholastic athletic programs is to foster the quest for excellence by creating an educational and competitive experience within an atmosphere of sportsmanship. Successful programs develop individual and team potential by promoting high standards of competence, character, civility, and citizenship.
All good schools continually evaluate their performance by means of their own devising. Without evaluation an institution ossifies, and in a changing world it loses its meaning for society. But the view a school takes of itself needs periodically to be supplemented by an external view, one that brings a perspective the school cannot command.
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