AC Media Coverage

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June 14th, 2021

Deciding on private or public school for students

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are wondering if their children would benefit from a change in their secondary education.

Allendale Columbia Interim Head of School Shannon Baudo joined us on Good Day Rochester to talk about what parents should consider when deliberating,

Among the topics discussed: How private schools differ from public schools and the precautions that will be taken to ensure the safety of students and staff alike. View the full segment


April 28, 2021

Allendale Columbia to offer two new diploma programs

Allendale Columbia School has launched two innovative new diploma programs. The Entrepreneurship & Creative Engagement and STEM Engagement diplomas are the first of their kind offered in the Rochester region and are in addition to the traditional local diploma students receive. The programs will allow students to dive deeper into understanding and investigating their interests, and… Read more


March 17th, 2021

Allendale Columbia School Operating Face-to-Face Since September

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — As some district school systems look for ways to fully reopen, one independent school in Pittsford has been operating with face-to-face classes since the start of the school year.

“I think what’s most important is that we have buy-in from our parents and our faculty and staff,” said Shannon Baudo, interim head of school.

While keeping safety precautions in mind, Allendale Columbia School is operating on a five-day in-person class schedule. Read more

March 12th, 2021

Local experts share advice for college search process

The college search can be a difficult process for many high school students and their families, especially now during a pandemic.

Allendale Columbia is hosting a free virtual event next week providing an overview of the current college admissions process. The event is happening March 16 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The school’s director of college counseling, Kristin Cocquyt, and associate director of admissions, Emily Nevinger, joined us on Good Day Rochester to discuss how the process has changed during the pandemic and what’s happening at Tuesday night’s workshop. See more

March 6th, 2021

Allendale Columbia student featured for work on bias resilience peer mentorship

AC student Cynara Nelson was featured on the Entercom Current Affairs Segment about The Gandhi Institute and her project work on Bias Resilience Peer Mentorship. The segment ran on Sunday, March 6th on all five Entercom stations. Listen to the segment here



November 28th, 2020

Rochester Independent School Wins Grand Prize for Plant-based Menu Lunches

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine—a national doctors group with more than 12,000 members—awards Allendale Columbia School the grand prize in the 2020 Golden Carrot Awards. The nursery through grade 12 independent school will receive a $500 cash prize in recognition of its exceptionally healthful lunches and outstanding health promotion initiatives. Read more



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November 12th, 2020

Coronavirus & mental health: How to discuss tough issues with teens

2020 has proven to be a stressful and uncertain time for many people, especially for teenagers. The coronavirus pandemic and other ongoing issues can take a toll on their mental health. Kate Dunlavey, a counselor at Allendale Columbia School, joined us on Good Day Rochester to share some advice for parents on the best ways to talk to teens about everything that’s going on. Read more

October 16th, 2020

Schools focus on students’ physical, emotional wellness

Whether students at Allendale Columbia School are sitting in the courtyard with masks on or eating lunch together — socially distanced, of course — Shannon Baudo, interim head of school, says that the school “has tried to keep things as normal as possible during a time that is not normal.” Read more

October 16th, 2020

Getting creative with school lunches

From falafel and ginger chicken to vegetable eggrolls, Allendale Columbia School is all about keeping it creative and healthy when it comes to those all-important school lunches. See more

September 29th, 2020

Allendale Columbia offering extracurricular activities

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — We know the coronavirus has changed so much with school, especially in the classrooms, but what about extracurricular activities?

Allendale Columbia has been open for about three weeks now, and the interim head of the school says it’s been smooth sailing. So far, there’s been no coronavirus cases and they are working hard to make sure students get the full experience, especially when it comes to extracurricular activities. Read more

September 11th, 2020

The Head of Allendale Columbia Talks Back to School

Shannon Baudo called into the show to give us an update on how the first week of school has been going…

September 8th, 2020

Students head back to school at Allendale Columbia

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — After six months, Tuesday is the first day of school for students at Allendale Columbia.

As the district is reopening amid the pandemic with a bump in enrollment, there are some limitations and safety precautions in place. Read more 

August 11th, 2020

Back to School: Facts First
Schools prepare for reopening in September

Local schools are fine tuning their safety plans, as they prepare to start the school year. There are a lot of questions from parents, and those school districts will have to answer them…. Allendale Columbia is bring all students back 5 days a week in person, and all students and faculty will be asked to leave by 3:30 each day to allow for a thorough cleaning. Read more 

July 22nd, 2020

Summer LEAP continues to provide for students in need

The United Way of Greater Rochester supports Summer LEAP at Allendale Columbia School.

The program is held in partnership with Rochester City School No. 17. It aims to provide safe, structured environments for kids, including healthy snacks and meals, physical activity, and learning activities designed to prevent summer learning loss. Read more

July 21st, 2020

Interest in private schools increasing as students could likely return in Sept.

Private school leaders say more parents are calling trying to get their kids enrolled before September. Being smaller is a big plus as private schools plan for a more traditional school year…. “We are at a huge advantage versus other schools,” said Shannon Baudo, Interim Head of Allendale Columbia School.  Read more

July 13th, 2020

New York state releases guidance on reopening schools in new 28-page document

Schools like Allendale Columbia have a lot to consider and officials there said they formed a task force back in March to start tackling all of it. While school Allendale Columbia officials are confident they’ll be able to welcome students back on campus in the fall due to their small student body, public schools like Greece have a lot to figure out when it comes to in-person learning. Read more


July 10th, 2020

Allendale Columbia among early adopters of antiracist curriculum

When local public schools teach students about segregation and the Civil Rights movement they focus on people and things like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Jim Crow-era South.

The 1964 uprising in Rochester is largely absent.

…. But a group of local educators is aiming to change that, starting this fall, by offering up an antiracist curriculum for Monroe County schools to use. The Webster, Fairport, Rush-Henrietta, West Irondequoit, Rochester, and Spencerport school districts, as well as Allendale Columbia School in Pittsford, have already signed on to pilot the curriculum this year. Read more

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June 8th, 2020

Allendale Columbia School holds graduation in parking lot

Car horns stand in applause this year at graduations. A stage was set up to allow graduating seniors the opportunity of walking the stage during the pandemic, while families were able to take in the event from their cars. And despite the circumstances, Allendale Columbia students were thankful for the School’s efforts to make their graduation ceremony as normal as possible. View the full segment here.


June 8th, 2020

Commencement ceremony held in parking lot of Allendale Columbia

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Allendale Columbia celebrated its seniors in a unique way due to the coronavirus lockdowns.

A full commencement ceremony was held in the school’s back parking lot. Teachers, families and friends all gathered together from their cars to honor the class of 2020 as they received their diplomas.

“It was really important for us to focus on them,” Assistant Head of School Shannon Baudo said. “and make it as special as possible within the means that we could do that.”

The parking lot allowed them to maintain social distance and be away from each other.

“Obviously they wanted their typical graduation and I think this is the second best thing we could have given them.”

The celebration was also live streamed online so that family and friends near and far could be apart of the special moment. View full segment here.

April 2nd, 2020

Classes adapt amid the coronavirus outbreak

Local students and teachers continue to adjust to their temporary new lives of remote learning amid the outbreak. We sat in on an Allendale Columbia seventh grade life science class on Thursday. Both the teacher and students say remote learning has been a pretty positive experience. View the full segment here.



March 20th, 2020

Local schools turn to online teaching amid pandemic

With schools shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak, students are forced to gather online to continue their education remotely for now. Seth Hopkins, Learning Advocate at Allendale Columbia, joined us via Skype to explain how students are utilizing online resources during this uncertain time. View the full segment here.


March 20th, 2020

Mick Gee from Allendale Columbias School Talks “Distance Learning”

Allendale Columbia School was the first grade school in our area to adopt the idea of “distance learning”. We talked to their Head of School Mick Gee about what went into making that decision, how “distance learning” actually works, and more. Listen to the full interview here!



February 6th, 2020

News 8 Honor Roll: Students present eighth TEDx event

Today our spotlight shines on students from Allendale Columbia School who presented their eighth annual TEDx event on Saturday.

View the full segment here.



February 1st, 2020

Speaker at local TEDx no stranger to exotic diseases like coronavirus

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Mark Kortepeter is a leading biodefense expert who is now a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was one of 11 speakers at the 8th Annual TEDx event at Allendale Columbia School. Read more



January 9th, 2020


“THIS WEEK WE’RE JOINED BY…” Mick Gee & Shannon Baudo from Allendale Columbia School

Current head of school, Mick Gee, and interim head of school, Shannon Baudo, sat down to talk about what makes Allendale Columbia school different, the merger that didn’t happen, and the future… listen to the interview here!


January 6th, 2020

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Allendale Columbia School Ranks #4 in “The Best High Schools In Monroe County, New York”

Allendale Columbia School is ranked #1 in Monroe County for sending the most graduates to Ivy League universities, based on the percentage of class size, and ranks at #4 in raw numbers, according to PolarisList.
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January 3rd, 2020

After calling off merger, Allendale Columbia finds new financial footing

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The last time Allendale Columbia School held a fundraising campaign, it reached its goal of $4 million in three years. But when the private school announced last spring that it was contemplating a merger with The Harley School, parents reacted by spearheading another campaign to keep Allendale Columbia independent. They raised $3.3 million in a mere five months and expect to meet their goal of $4 million by the end of the school year without a problem. Read more


December 10th, 2019

Second Graders Learn About Cities by Meeting with a City Planner and Building Their Own 3D City

Spectrum News covered a recent second grade PBL about communities and featured the ribbon cutting of their very own 3D community called “Birchville”.  After discussing life support systems, landforms, and creating the initial blueprints, designing trees and making bridge drawings in STEM, the students met with a mock city planning board, an actual city planner, toured areas of Rochester, and learned about various aspects of transportation. They then built their own 3D community and practiced their public speaking skills by presenting what they built and why it was important to the community.

November 15th, 2019

Thanksgiving Tradition Continues at Allendale Columbia School

Spectrum News recently covered our annual Thanksgiving feast. Each year, our kitchen staff prepare a full Thanksgiving meal (from scratch!) for the nearly 500 students/faculty/staff of AC.

October 22nd, 2019

Students from Allendale Columbia Find Common Ground with Peers From Mexico

Spectrum News highlighted AC’s Center for Global Engagement by featuring a partnership with The Harkness Institute in Mexico. The cultural immersion experience is part of an ongoing effort to provide global experiences to students at Allendale Columbia and around the world. The students share some of their experiences with their host families, the differences between the cultures, and why they think interactions with different cultures are so important.


October 21st, 2019

WROC’s Honor Roll Features AC’s Global Cybersecurity Partnership with RIT

WROC recently featured a segment about AC’s Global Cybersecurity partnership with RIT. Through this ongoing partnership, AC students travel to RIT during the school day to learn about the latest global cybersecurity technologies, cyber threats, criminal concerns, and data breaches. RIT’s Cybersecurity Institute exposes our students to the software, design, analytics, and algorithms needed to build secure systems for our future. RIT also visits AC to provide instruction.



October 19th, 2019

‘Loss of sight, never a loss of vision’ – Visually impaired runner inspires with attitude

Chris Smoker, a ninth-grader at Allendale Columbia School, heads for the finish line with his guide runner, James Hallahan. Chris is visually impaired but still competes in cross country meets for the school.

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September 20th, 2019

Students share experiences in French

French II students read the short stories they wrote to fourth graders as part of the AC Center for Global Engagement’s “Global Buddies” program. This program enables upper school language students and members of the Global Engagement Club to share their language skills and cultural learning experiences with lower school students in a casual setting. Being an N-12 school, AC is able to easily facilitate cross-divisional exchanges, such as this, to create lasting and impactful relationships between all grades.



September 4th, 2019

Allendale Columbia kicks off new school year

Pittsford, N.Y. – School districts across our area kicked off a new school year this week. Among them was Allendale Columbia School in Pittsford. Rainy weather didn’t hamper a back-to-school tradition at the school. Seniors gathered at the main entrance to welcome the newest students.

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We’re doing so many exciting and interesting things here at AC and look forward to sharing more media coverage with you in the future!

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