Preparatory School (Grades 8-12)



Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (CGPS) recognizes our responsibility to help each student become a well-educated, responsible, caring, and productive individual. This multi-faceted purpose is the school’s governing philosophy, and it is with this ideal in mind that the academic program and the learning environment have been designed. We understand that the needs of students in Grades 7-12 are unique. Therefore, we work with the onset of adolescence and adulthood in mind. It is our belief that students at these levels require structure, support, and supervision, and our program reflects these prerequisites. 

Paramount in our list of goals are the promotion of mutual respect and the gradual, but certain, move toward independence. We place emphasis on the development of the student as an individual and as a valued member of the CGPS community. The students are helped to recognize the contributions others have made to the community and the world, and we ask them to consider and accept their own responsibilities as they grow older. In particular, we strive for student awareness and sensitivity in addition to academic excellence. 

Columbia Grammar & Prep is committed to a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. During Grades 7 and 8, the academic program is designed to produce confident, independent thinkers who can fully apply the basic concepts of earlier grades. We believe that the ability to express oneself both orally and in writing is crucial to students’ success. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are also essential. The students learn through interactive discussion, cooperative group work, and hands-on activities. In Grades 9-12, the academic program provides a structured and balanced approach to the liberal arts and sciences and includes many offerings within the areas of English, history, math, science, world languages, art, and music. Primarily, we want students to experience the intrinsic pleasure and satisfaction of learning; we strive to help each student achieve his/her intellectual potential; and we strive to develop the skills and habits of thought necessary for college and adult life.

CGPS is strongly committed to co-education. We feel that a relaxed but carefully organized setting where boys and girls learn together is the most effective educational environment. We are also committed to a financial aid program designed to maintain diversity and balance-- racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic --within our school community. At all levels, the teachers and administration work toward the common goal of ensuring that the students become confident, sensitive, and self-sufficient individuals ready to undertake the more challenging responsibilities of life beyond Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Columbia Prep, students must successfully complete the following requirements:

English: 4 years

History: 4 years

Math: 3 years

World Languages: 3 years

Science: 3 years

Visual & Performing Arts: 4 semesters

Technology: 1 semester

Physical Education: 3 years

Community Service: 60 hours


Columbia Prep operates under a semester system. Grades are issued quarterly: November, January, April and June. Conferences with parents, students, and teachers are held at the end of the first and third quarters, and narrative report cards are issued after exams at the end of each semester. In addition, parents may schedule appointments with school staff to discuss their child’s progress at any time during the year. Letter grades (A, B, C, D, and F) are given in each course in Grades 8 through 12.