A leading independent, diverse, co-ed school that prepares students in nursery through grade 12 for the world they will inherit. Located in Rochester, NY.
AC Centers for Impact
What Could You Be Doing at AC?
Come inside Allendale Columbia School with our virtual school tour designed by AC alum, Yuming Ma ’16. You’ll see our courtyard, dining commons, Curtis Performance Center, Design and Innovation Labs (DAIL), gym, after-school care in the Rainbow Room, and various classrooms around campus.
Authentic Learning in Action
This was an exciting month for AC - we published our first issue of Research & Discovery: AC’s journal of student inquiry!
This publication showcases the work of students who completed independent research projects in STEM in our Science, Writing and Research course. Unique to this area, and to secondary school in general, this class challenges students to learn about the process of scientific research by gaining fluency with scientific literature and then completing a project of their own creation. Finally, students present their work at a formal academic symposium with other students at the undergraduate level.
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AC's eighth graders recently tackled the annual “Game of Empire” to immerse themselves in the economics of Colonial America. Imitating Europe’s mercantile system of the 18th century, teams of face-masked and gloved students representing the Southern Planters, the New England Merchants, European Merchants, Colonial Farmers, and British West Indian Planters competed to gain the largest percentage of goods they needed to prosper.
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On February 1st, AC students hosted their eighth-annual TEDx event, an independently organized event run exclusively by students and licensed by TED. This year, eleven speakers took the stage, including retired U.S. Army Colonel Mark Kortepeter, Adrian Hale, Kerry Dunn, and numerous students and community members. This is one of only three TEDx events scheduled in Rochester this year and the only one exclusively organized and run by high school students.
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At AC, We’re Adapting
The world is different right now, and AC has the ability to adapt with it. Our talented, flexible faculty and staff have adjusted seamlessly to the “new normal”, and they are serving as role models for our students during this challenging time. Make a gift today and help us to support our students academically, socially, and emotionally.
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What It’s Like at AC
“There is no other school that could even compare or come close to what AC has to offer. We agreed that the family atmosphere, small class sizes, and the teacher-to-student relationship was what made AC such a valuable part of our lives.”
– Deb Person, P’26, talking with an AC alum from the class of 1983
Ready to check out AC for yourself? The only way to know if it’s right for you is to come visit. You can walk in any Wednesday and meet with Shelby, Lisa, or Shannon on our Admissions team. You can also sign up for our next open house, contact us through our online inquiry form, call us at 585.641.5344, or start your application online today!