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The Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, & Engineering is a new, 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. Beginning with a founding sixth grade class, the school will add one grade per year until it reaches its full enrollment of 650 students. Currently the school is composed of 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, & 11th grades.
The school is located on the 5th, 4th, & 3rd floors of PS-125 on 123rd St between Amsterdam and Morningside Avenues.
School Mission Statement
Columbia Secondary is a selective, public, college preparatory school with a focus on science, math, and engineering. Its program of study provides a challenging academic experience that prepares its students for selective colleges; for careers in science, math, and engineering; and for a life of civic engagement and ethical responsibility. We train students to be socially and politically conscious, to be aware of their responsibility to their communities and the world, and to be dedicated to a life of creation and discovery in service of humanity.
Columbia Secondary immerses its students in science and math as a way of seeing and making sense of the world. Learning experiences focuses on the active exploration of major concepts, ideas, and theories that respond to life's big questions. Students will be exposed to the history of these ideas; the struggles and controversies necessary for their development; the kinds of questions and problems that are key to the discovery process; and the special role of effort and creativity. Students model and engage in their own explorations so that they may experience the excitement, beauty, and difficulty of discovery. Students become cognizant of the limits of knowledge and be sensitive to the dangers of an over-reliance on science and technology. Students learn to explore new questions, to ponder the significance of new scientific discoveries, and to use scientific knowledge and critical thinking in their own life decision-making.
Effective instruction depends largely on setting clear and high expectations, promoting an inclusive and participatory classroom culture, and motivating students to become independent learners. Instruction at Columbia Secondary are Socratic in spirit, with discussions, debates, guided inquiry, and carefully led lectures that focus on key questions, concepts, and theories. Students have extensive opportunities to engage in research, solve real-world problems, and learn experientially through internships and community service.
The school's curriculum is distinguished by:
Good Afternoon CSS,
The 2013 CSS School Spirit Week has been officially scheduled for the week of May 20 (NEXT WEEK)!
The high school and middle school student governments have come together in order to organize a week of themed dress down days!
IMPORTANT: Students must be dressed according to the theme for the day OR THEY MUST BE IN UNIFORM!
TWIN DAY (coordinate your clothes and come dressed as a twin with one of your best friends)
DECADES DAY (dress to represent a specific decade; 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's...)
WESTERN DAY (CAN YOU COMPETE WITH PROFESSOR MEINSCHEIN'S COWBOY BOOTS?)
DRESS TO IMPRESS (dress up and impress those around you with your professional dress and attitude)
SPORTS DAY (represent your favorite sports team OR dress in your CSS Cubs gear and represent your CSS spirit for the CSS Rugby Team)
SPECIAL NOTE: ALL CLOTHING WORN MUST FOLLOW THE TRADITIONAL NYCDOE DRESS CODE REQUIREMENTS!
Skirts or shorts need to cover to the bottom of the middle finger (when their hands are at their sides)
NO Undergarments should be visible
NO clothing with alcohol, drug or hate related slogans
NO holes in the clothing that show skin underneath
SPECIAL NOTE: Students wearing any clothing deemed to be inappropriate or as a distraction to the learning environment by teachers or members of the school's administration will be asked to change into school uniform.
START THINKING OF HOW YOU WILL DRESS TO SHOW YOUR CSS SPIRIT NOW!
There will be an “ADD/DROP” period for offered electives offered. If you are interested in adding an elective simply complete the “ADD/DROP” form that can be found in the OSS or the counselors’ office (413). This form must be signed by 1) any teacher whose class you interested in adding and 2) your parent/guardian. The form should then be dropped off with Counselor Cordoba in room 413 for final approval.
PLEASE NOTE: The “ADD/DROP” period will end on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 8:45 am with no more additions or adjustments happening after that point. Further, any enrolled students will be expected to attend all classes and complete all assigned work
CLICK FOR A LIST OF ELECTIVES THAT ARE UP AND RUNNING and SPACES LEFT!.