Collegiate School

260 W 78th St, New York, NY 10024

The oldest school in the country, Collegiate traces its history back to the early settlement of Manhattan by the Dutch; it operated as a parish day school for two and a half centuries, interrupted only when the city was occupied by British troops during the Revolution. In 1887, it became a grammar school, in 1891 preparatory, and after 1894 for boys only. Incorporated in 1940 as a nonprofit institution, the school is governed by a board, one-fifth of which represents the consistory of the Collegiate Dutch Reformed Church. In 1978, Collegiate purchased the 12-story West End Plaza Hotel, which is adjacent to the school campus on 78th Street. Six floors of the building have been converted to school use. In the late 1990s, the school erected a new building and completed renovations to existing space, thereby increasing the physical plant by one-fourth. The lower school (grades K-4) follows a structured yet flexible program, featuring the Investigations curriculum in mathematics and integrated computer instruction at all levels. Foreign language study begins in middle school with French, Spanish and Chinese introduced in grade 5 and Latin in grade 8. The rigorous upper school academic program (grades 9-12) affords thorough grounding for leading colleges. There are many electives, especially in English and history. Both Advanced Placement courses and independent study opportunities are also part of the curriculum. Travel opportunities for upper school students have included community service in the Dominican Republic, school-sponsored study abroad trips and exchange programs with schools in Europe and South America. All boys perform compulsory community service during the upper school years.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Boys Grades K-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsBoys
Full Address260 W 78th St, New York, NY 10024
Year Established1628
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorLee M. Levison
Applications DueDecember
Total Enrollment648
Day Students648
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