Academic year 2017-2018

 Admissions

Welcome, Prospective Students and Families!

The Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, & Engineering is a public, sixth through twelfth grade school that opened in the fall of 2007. A partnership between the New York City Department of Education, the community, and Columbia University, CSS-MSE serves academically talented students who have an interest in a rigorous and demanding program focusing on math, science, and engineering. In 2014, the school reached its full enrollment of approximately 700 students and its third class of seniors graduated last June.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL ELIGIBILITY

Students who live in or attend public school in Districts 3 (priority given to students who live or attend school above 96th street), 4, 5 or 6 can apply for 6th, 7th or 8th grades. Students who go to independent or religious school and live in one of these districts can also apply. For 6th grade applicants coming from public school, you should only use the DOE Middle School Application. For those coming from independent and religious schools, please contact our director of admissions, Ms. Roxana Bosch, via e-mail at RoxanaBosch@ColumbiaSecondary.org, or via phone at 212-666-1278 ext. 5034. These applicants will have to also fill out a DOE application listing us as one of their choices. The DOE application is distributed at your current school or at the Upper Manhattan Enrollment Office: 388 West 125th Street, 7th floor. The Deadline to submit the DOE application is: December 1st, 2016.

Once our admissions team has reviewed the candidates, invitations will go out for the CSS entrance Exam the last week in December, 2016. Only a percentage of students who apply to CSS are invited to take the entrance exam.

ENTRANCE EXAM FOR CURRENT 5th GRADE STUDENTS

By invitation only for applicants who follow the above procedures and are selected for the next level
Only students who are invited to take the entrance exam will receive letters. 

January 14 / January 15, 2017

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs
420 West 118th Street, Room 417 IAB
New York, NY 10027

 

For applicants to the 7th and 8th grade, download and submit the application with required documentation by June 1, 2017

Entrance Exam for 7th and 8th grades by invitation only:  June 2017

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAIRS

Columbia Secondary School participates in the school fairs of districts 3, 4, 5 and 6. We welcome your visit at any of them:

Middle School Fairs

The Young Diplomats Magnet Academy (P.S. 242)
 134 W. 122 Street, New York, NY 10027
 September 27, 2016
 5:30–7:30pm
Tito Puente Campus 
 240 E. 109 Street, New York, NY 10029
 October 6, 2016
 5:30–7:30pm
Henry H. Garnet 
 175 W. 134 Street, New York, NY 10030
 October 5, 2016
 5:30–7:30pm
 The Salome Ureña de Henriquez School (I.S. 218) 
 4600 Broadway, New York, NY 10040
 October 6, 2016
 5:30–7:30pm

We also host Middle School Open Houses the following dates:

THERE IS NO PREREGISTRATION. Each one lasts 1 ½ hs.

Date: Saturday October 29, 2016 @ 9:30 am

Location: CSS Auditorium

425 West 123rd Street, NYC, 10027

 

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016 @12:30 pm

Location: CSS Auditorium

425 West 123rd Street, NYC, 10027

 

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016 @ 9:30 am

Location: CSS Auditorium

425 West 123rd Street, NYC, 10027

 

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

Location: CSS Auditorium

425 West 123rd Street, NYC, 10027

 

CSS MIDDLE SCHOOL TOURS

MIDDLE SCHOOL TOURS ARE OPENED ONLY FOR 5th, 6th and 7th grade prospective applicants and one adult., as we have limited space. IF you would like to visit Columbia Secondary School, please come to an Open House instead.

Registration for tours is ONLINE and the link to registration will show up on the Wednesday before the Friday tour.

You must register for the tour you will attend. REGISTRATION opens the Wednesday of the week of that Tour District. Only one adult per family can register (along with your child) and you can only register for the tour that matches your residential district). You will show ID (proof of address) the day of the tour.

      

District 3 Tour – Registration opens Wednesday, October 5 at 6 pm
Date and Location: CSS Auditorium on Friday, October 7 @ 8:30 am

TECHNICAL GLITCH – D3 MS Tour –Friday, October 6, 2016 – CANCELLED

We have to reschedule, due to a technical glitch

NEW DATE: Friday, November 4 @ 8:00 am.

Registration starts: Wednesday, November 2 @ 6:00 pm

We apologize for the inconvenience

*There was a problem with the website and we are resolving the issue. Currently, tour scheduled for Friday, November 2 is on hold until further notice. Please check back for updates*
 

District 6 Tour – Registration opens Wednesday, October 12 at 6 pm

Date and Location: CSS Auditorium on Friday, October 14 @ 8:30 am

Please Click here to Register! 

District 4 Tour – Registration opens Wednesday, October 19 at 6 pm

Date and Location: CSS Auditorium on Friday, October 21 @ 8:30 am

Please Click HERE to Register!

 District 5 Tour – Registration opens Wednesday, October 26 at 6 pm

Date and Location: CSS Auditorium on Friday, October 28 @ 8:00 am

Please Click HERE to Register!

HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS –

Columbia Secondary School participates in the following high school fair:

2016 Borough High School Fair

Saturday, October 15, 2016 & Sunday, October 16, 2016 
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Manhattan 
MLK Jr. Educational Campus
122 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10023

We Also host High School Open Houses the following dates:

THERE IS NO PREREGISTRATION. Each one lasts 1 ½ hs

Date: Saturday October 29, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

Location: CSS Auditorium

425 West 123rd Street, NYC, 10027

 

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016 @ 9:30 am

Location: CSS Auditorium

425 West 123rd Street, NYC, 10027

 

Eligibility: Citywide. Download supplemental form and send it in with all documentation. We suggest sending the supplemental at your earliest convenience so an interview can be scheduled for qualified candidates. Applicants also need to fill out the DOE HS application and list Columbia Secondary School as one of the choices.

After sending in all required documentation with the supplemental form, if student meets requirements, we will schedule an interview.

Interviews: November 2016, December 2016 and January 2017 during school days and hours.

Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Information on Admissions Criteria and Ranking Process

All public, charter and independent school students must apply to Columbia Secondary School through the NYCDOE application process.  This is most often handled by a guidance counselor at your school.

Once the applications are submitted, Invitations to the entrance exam for middle school, or to an interview for high school, are based on a composite score formulated from a combination of core class grade averages, state test scores and attendance.  For the high school, an essay submission is also included in the score.  We do not request letters of recommendation nor do we review them if they are submitted. Please make sure that, if you have applied to CSS, your school’s guidance counselor has entered your course grades in the application system.

Once the middle school entrance exam has taken place, the score determines the order of ranking within each district for middle school. For high school applicants, the interview score is added to the other scores and the final composite score determines the order of ranking. There are no district restrictions for high school applicants.

For students with disabilities, in accordance with the Chancellors Initiative on Special Education Reform, a percentage of seats in each incoming class is reserved for students whose designation is ICT or SC.  If there is an insufficient number of qualified candidates who meet the general admissions criteria following the process, above, then the seats are filled through a separate ranking process designated by the NYCDOE. In this case, attendance, interviews, essays and the entrance exam or interview may not be necessary, and the student is admitted based on a composite score formulated from state test scores and core course grades.

There are 96 seats available in the middle school, and, typically, 25-30 available in the high school for incoming students.

If you have any questions, please contact our Admissions Director, Roxana Bosch, at roxanabosch@columbiasecondary.org

 

Forms:

 

Middle School Application

Middle School Application en Español

High School Supplemental Application

High School Supplemental Application en Español