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Our school is a thriving, diverse community of learners who engage locally and internationally to create opportunities to design, imagine, learn, and positively impact. At Allendale Columbia, we prepare students for the world they will inherit. In our trusting and responsive environment, students in nursery through grade 12 grow in confidence and develop scholastic independence. Together, our students and teachers imagine, design, and create to make a positive impact locally and globally.

Allendale Columbia is a community that affirms the dignity of each person. We believe the best education occurs when academic standards are high, individuality is supported, and diverse populations are understood and respected. We aspire to reflect our metropolitan area and to enroll and employ individuals drawn from a variety of social, religious, racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. We value a school community where individuals share and express a variety of perspectives in ways that enhance the education and experience of everyone within the community. We are committed to an environment of equality, dignity, and respect, all of which will enhance the mission of the school.

College Advising at Allendale Columbia School is an excellent resource for every student. In addition to our vibrant liberal arts programming, college-like school atmosphere, and highly engaged faculty, College Advising is a critical aspect of our graduates’ preparation for higher education. The College Advising experience is meant to be informative, supportive, and exciting for students and parents alike.

Kristin Cocquyt, our College Advisor, works with all Upper School students. Ninth and tenth graders and parents attend a Pre-College event and can access Mrs. Cocquyt for guidance and answers to questions. Eleventh and twelfth graders and their families work directly with her, through a formal process that involves individual and family college advising appointments and evening group meetings with college admissions counselors as guest speakers. We live our core values every day. At Allendale Columbia, we believe in:

  • The importance of connections
  • Mastering strategies for learning
  • Minds that are curious and creative
  • Developing a resilient spirit that dares to take risks

The AC Center for Global Engagement at Allendale Columbia is committed to growing and fostering partnerships around the world, exposing students to global opportunities and multicultural perspectives in preparation for college and the global workforce, and creating a culture of global responsibility that allows students to make a positive and lasting impact on the world they will inherit.

Universities and colleges are increasingly interested in students who have experienced the world, have studied multicultural perspectives, have a sense of global empathy and responsibility, and are ready to be global leaders.

The AC Center for Global Engagement focuses on a proprietary curriculum that supports AC’s Global Engagement Diploma. In this program, students embark on service-learning, research, entrepreneurial and cultural-immersion international trips, and participate in leadership and exchange opportunities within the local community and across the world.

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