The Preparatory Component prepares students to excel academically and socially at the nation's leading independent schools. This rigorous 14-month course of study spans two intensive summer sessions, as well as classes during the intervening school year on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The Prep for Prep Preparatory Component prepares sixth- and seventh-graders to enter New York City independent day schools in seventh or eighth grade. The PREP 9 Preparatory Component prepares eighth-graders to enter boarding school in the Northeast in ninth grade. To familiarize students with boarding school life, they spend two weeks of both summer sessions on a boarding school campus.

Elanie Paredes (XXXI/VCS '11, Columbia Prep '15, Barnard '20)

I now know that the true value of Prep is to teach students how to push through obstacles and to become innovative problem solvers. Most importantly, I am learning to lean into discomfort where there is no room for fear.

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  • Laboratory Science

    Dissect a frog
    Examine algae
    View your DNA

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  • Math

    Factor polynomials
    Test the Pythagorean Theorem

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  • Recreation

    Step dance

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  • Advisory Periods

    Peer support from older Prep students
    Expectations in a private school
    Overcoming homesickness

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  • Literature & Writing

    Discuss Black Boy by Richard Wright and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    Construct personal essays 

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  • Research Skills

    Prepare for debates
    Validate news sources
    Learn to give and receive feedback

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  • Invictus

    Build self-awareness and self-empowerment
    Identify and overcome obstacles

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  • Conclave

    Personal goal setting 
    Time management techniques
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