Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (CGPS) is one of the nation’s oldest private schools and the largest independent school in Manhattan. CGPS offers a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory education to 1,290 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.
Suited to an academically diverse group of students — ranging from the highest achievers to those needing meaningful learning support — CGPS seeks to provide children with a balanced, caring educational experience. Rigorous yet relaxed, CGPS seeks to inspire and support students in an atmosphere that is cooperative rather than intensely competitive. Promoting intellectual growth while instilling in students a love of learning, CGPS nurtures individuals’ academic and non-academic passions and strives to imbue in them concern and respect for others. The school seeks to empower its students, sending them into the world beyond CGPS with a solid educational foundation as well as the confidence, optimism, sense of purpose, and energy to achieve and exceed their dreams.
Serving 448 children in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4, the Grammar School provides a balanced academic curriculum supplemented by a full palette of enrichment activities in a warm, structured, and supportive environment. Classes of 20–22 students are taught by two or three co-teachers in Grades PK–1 and two co-teachers in Grades 2–4.
The school’s incomparable Upper West Side campus encompasses 12 buildings, including nine beautifully renovated, adjacent brownstones that house the Grammar School. With the opening this year of two new floors atop the main building, a self-contained Middle School for Grades 5–7 has been created for the first time.
CGPS has been led since 1981 by Dr. Richard J. Soghoian, who has guided the school through three decades of academic enrichment and physical expansion. Upon Dr. Soghoian’s retirement this summer, Dr. William Donohue, Superintendent of Schools for the Byram Hills School District in Armonk, New York, will become CGPS’s 14th Head of School. Thus, the next Head of Grammar School will join CGPS at an important moment of transition. For a warm, forward-thinking, and collaborative lower school leader, this is an exceptional opportunity to build upon a well-established foundation of excellence.
On the web: www.cgps.org
The full position description is available here: http://www.wickenden.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cgps-grammar-school-opportunity-statement.pdf