AC Media Coverage

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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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May 8th, 2019

WROC’s Honor Roll Recognizes AC Artists Exhibiting at First Friday

WROC’s spotlight shines on twelve Allendale Columbia school art students who recently displayed their work at a local studio. They showed off paintings, pottery, pictures, and prints in a real-world art setting to cap off their semester class. This was at the Richard Margolis Art and Photography Studio during Rochester’s “First Friday” event.

May 2nd, 2019

Allendale Columbia students celebrated Decision Day

Allendale Columbia School’s Class of 2019 celebrated Decision Day on May 1 by wearing apparel from their future colleges to school. Students plan to attend colleges nationwide, including the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin, Middlebury College, Berklee College of Music and 15 different colleges and universities in New York state. Students who plan to take a gap year also joined they fun by wearing GAP T-shirts and sweatshirts. Over the past four years, Allendale graduates have been awarded more than $16 million in academic scholarships.


April 30th, 2019

Harley and Allendale Columbia Pursuing Formal Affiliation Agreement

Boards of Trustees aim to create preeminent, unified school positioned to excel into the next century.

Harley and Allendale Columbia, Rochester’s preeminent independent schools, have shared common programs and activities for much of their histories. They have operated joint athletic programs for nearly 50 years, hold combined proms, celebrate homecoming together, have a unified Middle School MathCounts team, and conduct other joint social activities each year.

April 22nd, 2019

Students Mark Earth Day by Releasing Trout into Irondequoit Creek

This Earth Day, seventh grade students released more than 160 brown trout into the Irondequoit Creek. Students have been raising the fish since the beginning of the school year. They received eggs back in the fall and have watched them grow up in a school aquarium. Seventh grade math and science teacher Beth Guzzetta said experiences such as this one provide an important opportunity for students. “It’s so important to get the kids out and doing real world science, so they can connect more with their environment,” she said.

For More Coverage of AC’s Earth Day Trout Project see the WROC online story: Allendale Columbia students plan to release trout raised in class.


April 2nd, 2019

Allendale Columbia to host college advising workshop

Allendale Columbia is hosting a college advising and consulting workshop on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon for $50 per student. This workshop is open to the public as it aims to help Rochester-area students create an authentic, well-rounded application that will stand out from the crowd during the admissions process.

March 29th, 2019

Connections: Discussing screen time for kids at school

AC’s digital literacy faculty member, Tony Tepedino, and PACK President, Kristin Rorapaugh, spoke with Evan Dawson on WXXI’s Connections about screen time for kids at school.

Scroll down to the March 29th episode to listen online.


March 15th, 2019

Allendale Columbia’s day focuses on innovation

Allendale Columbia School hosted a day of innovative teaching and learning. Students participated in workshops, a science fair, and a business pitch competition. Eight students presented their business proposals to a panel of judges including other students who are already entrepreneurs.

“It’s an amazing opportunity I think, for our students to teach other students,” said Amy Oliver, director for the Center of Entrepreneurship. “Teaching is the best way to learn so they get to actually teach some of their peers what they learned this semester this year.”


March 15th, 2019

CFO committed to educational mission at Allendale Columbia


“I work a lot with our admissions team and our development team to help raise those funds,” Lacagnina explains. “AC as it is today is not a school of affluence; we’re more of a school of inclusion, and in order to sustain that commitment we have to try and figure out how we can do that long-term.” Although AC charges tuition, Lacagnina explains that the institution supports 62 percent of the student body through $3 million in financial aid offered as part of its dedication to being a socioeconomically diverse campus.



March 14th, 2019

Local school takes proactive approach to increased e-cigs, vape products

Allendale Columbia School has an ongoing educational program for parents; tackling tough topics ranging from online awareness to environmental issues. The latest program will focus on vaping; with the Monroe County Youth Risk Behavior Survey showing an increase in vaping use by middle and high school students. “We’re not doing this because we have a particular concern with our kids or our campus, it is just a societal thing that is relatively new. Use is increasing rapidly among teens and the devices don’t look like cigarettes,” explained Head of School Mick Gee.

March 1st, 2019

AC Blues Prep for Science Bowl

Channel 8’s Honor Roll recognized AC’s 5-student Science Bowl team preparing for the Western New York Regional Middle School Science Bowl this weekend. Last year the team came in third place. Team member Jack Erdle told Channel 8, “Instead of having to drill and kill and read text books over and over and over again, we just get immersed into this school and its curriculum so we might have an edge.”

February 8th, 2019

Allendale Columbia School hosts 7th TEDx event

The independently organized event, exclusively run by students and licensed by TED, focused around the theme of Human Simplexity and how, as human beings, all are simple, yet complex. This year, six speakers took the stage, including Maria Engels, of Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence; Daphne Pariser, of Humans for Education; students; and community members.




January 16th, 2019

Local school raises money for Uganda water project

Middle school students at Allendale-Columbia put on an empty bowl auction, which raised over $700 for the project. The money will help provide clean water and hygiene resources to communities in Uganda.




December 14th, 2018

Allendale Columbia students get out of the classroom

Seeing the world and how science is applied among school’s specialties.

“The kids are being the real thing. They’re being real scientists and real engineers and not just learning about what science is or what engineering is.” – Mick Gee

“These programs are really neat and special to students because we’re growing as people and getting a sense of what it’s like in the ‘real world.’” – Mikayla Gross ’19

October 19th, 2018

Diversity important preparation for the working world

As the most socio-economically diverse school in Rochester, Allendale Columbia is interviewed about diversity in its student body and faculty. Unique practices, like having students sit in on hiring committees for new faculty, were recognized by the Rochester Business Journal article.

October 17th, 2018

NASA researcher encourages students to stay curious

Sure, you need to be smart and know some science and technology. But to succeed in landing on the moon, sending humans to Mars and back, or just about any goal, it takes a lot of curiosity, collaboration, communication, and the relentless pursuit of a dream. At least, that’s the message Clayton Turner conveyed to Allendale Columbia students from his 28 years of experience at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, where he is Deputy Director.



October 4th, 2018

Camping trip gives seventh graders at Allendale Columbia chance to bond

Allendale Columbia’s seventh grade recently spent a week hiking, biking, and canoeing in the Canadian wilderness at Camp Pathfinder, a camp for boys owned and operated by AC alumnus Mike Sladden ’76. It’s located on Pathfinder Island on Source Lake in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park. Students spent five days working together and learning a variety of outdoor skills, including fire building and shelter construction.


September 2nd, 2018

Chromebooks added to AC’s technology lineup

AC has been a leader in classroom technology and we continue to set the bar high. This year we added Chromebooks because of their flexibility and value as both a web-browsing and word-processing tool. iPads are still being used by 7th and 8th grade, and our Upper Schoolers use MacBooks, all based on the classroom needs and functionality in each device. Hear our IT Director, Rob Doran, tell Spectrum News all about this addition.



February 28th, 2018

Active Threat Drill at Allendale Columbia

Allendale Columbia held an Active Threat training for all faculty and staff on Wednesday, February 28th (rescheduled from February 7th), with Monroe County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Mike Wicks. See coverage by Spectrum News, News 8 WROC, and 13 WHAM/FOX 31.


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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