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Partnership with Columbia University

On October 21, 2005, Columbia University announced that it would collaborate with the City of New York on the creation of a new public secondary school that would address the critical need to improve education in science, math, and engineering. The school was tentatively called the "Columbia Science, Math and Engineering Secondary School", though this name was later changed to "Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering".
 
Beginning with a founding sixth grade class in 2007, the school added one grade per year until it reached its full enrollment of more than 700 students and graduated its first class of seniors in June, 2014.
 
CSS student benefits of the Columbia University partnership include, but are not limited to, the Columbia University/Columbia Secondary School High School Visiting Student Program, internship and job opportunity at the university, and admission preference into the Double Discovery Center program.
 
All students at CSS are allowed to apply to the Columbia University/Columbia Secondary School High School Visiting Student Program and would be chosen for the program if they have maintained academic excellence and exceptional behavior throughout their time at CSS. This program allows students from CSS, and CSS only, to take a limited range of college classes for free. Additionally, textbook and course materials are supplied by CSS and the university.