Thanks & Giving Celebration

Posted on November 19th, 2020 by acsrochester

Please join us at our Thanks & Giving Celebration by making an online donation to support impactful, in-person learning at AC. Challenge donations will match what we raise between 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 19th and 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 20th, up to a total of $25,000! 

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AC Alumni Honor Veterans

Posted on November 11th, 2020 by acsrochester

In honor of Veterans Day, AC Alumni Board member Bryan Perkins ’97 sat down with AC graduate and military veteran Matt Zeller ’00 to discuss how Allendale Columbia School prepared Matt for life after AC. Thank you to the men and women who have bravely served in the Armed Forces, including many members of our AC community.

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AC Alumna, Lexi Williams ’11, Nationally Syndicated Op-Ed

Posted on October 2nd, 2020 by acsrochester

At AC, we teach about discourse, dialogue and finding your own voice. One of our 2011 graduates, Lexi Williams was featured in USA Today and the Rochester D&C for an op-ed piece she wrote.

Click here to read the article.

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Alumni Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, December 17th

Posted on November 20th, 2019 by acsrochester

Join Co-chairs of the Board, Ann Balderston and Richard Yates, and Board members representing the AC alumni community, including AC Alumni Association President Bridgette Rivers ’81, at an AC Alumni Town Hall on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST.

This event provides AC alumni with the opportunity to hear a live update on the progress the school has made over the last six months and ask questions.
We welcome all alumni who can attend in person to join us, and those who live outside the area to view the Town hall via a live stream link.


The Board welcomes questions submitted in advance through the AC Alumni Office.


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Friday Night Fiesta!

Posted on October 16th, 2019 by acsrochester

Join us for authentic Mexican food and our signature sangria as we celebrate AC’s independence and progress towards our financial goals. The evening will feature a guacamole bar, salsa lessons, and a mixology class to learn to make the perfect margarita! This is a great opportunity to have fun with friends, raise additional money, and hear about what is happening at AC.

Friday, November 1st
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Allendale Columbia Dining Commons

$35 per person
Drinks, tapas, and classes included
Attire: business casual and colorful!

RSVP by: October 25th

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Friday Night Fiesta

Posted on October 8th, 2019 by acsrochester

Friday Night Fiesta

Thanks to our 170 guests at the November 1st Friday Night Fiesta
we raised $29,300!

Co-Chair of the AC Board of Trustees, Ann Balderston,
shared much good news about the School’s progress,
including the announcement of a $1 million gift!


Look for news about another possible event in the spring. 
 Friday Night Fiesta


Couldn’t make it to the Fiesta but want to donate?
You can donate anytime!

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Reunion 2019

Posted on July 16th, 2019 by acsrochester

Reunion 2019! Join Allendale Columbia School June 14th-15th for Reunion 2019

Reunion 2019 brought out a record-breaking number of alumni, despite being held indoors for the first time in decades. Spirits and energy were high as nearly 287 members of the classes of 1954-2019 gathered together for a weekend of fun!


Check out the links below to view even MORE photos!

Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon
Ultimate Frisbee
HAC Alumni Soccer Game
Paint & Sip
HAC Alumni Basketball Game
All Alumni Cocktail Party


Friday, June 14th

Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon 
Country Club of Rochester, 2935 East Ave., Rochester, NY, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Members of the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association Board presented the 11th annual Distinguished Alumni Award to Bob Tait ’75. The award was established in 2009 to honor alumni for their outstanding achievements and contributions to both Allendale Columbia School and their local community.

Class of 1969 Cocktail Party
30 The Highlands, Rochester, NY 14622, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Columbia alumnae from the Class of 1969 gathered for cocktails at Sue’s home Friday evening. A dutch treat dinner followed at a location of their choice.

Saturday, June 15th

Alumni Ultimate Frisbee
Lower Field, 10:00 a.m.

Chip Bradford ’99 once again lead the casual morning game to help kick off the day.

The Mark von Bucher ’08 HAC Alumni Soccer Game
Upper Field, 10:30 a.m.

Long-time coach Ted Hunt organized the 13th annual Mark von Bucher ’08 HAC Alumni Soccer Game. The game started at 10:30 a.m. and welcomed back many former HAC soccer players.

Class of 1969 Voyage on the Sam Patch 
Schoen Place, Pittsford, 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Boat departed promptly at 12:00 p.m.

Members of the Class of 1969 and their guests enjoyed lunch on a private charter going 15 miles down the Erie Canal aboard the authentic packet boat replica: Sam Patch.

All Alumni Lunch
Dining Commons, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Alumni joined us in the Dining Commons for a family-friendly, complimentary lunch that featured drinks, wraps, sandwiches, salad, and dessert. It was the perfect stop between alumni games and before the campus tours!

Tour of the School
Welcome Desk, 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Alumni and their families stopped by the front desk to once again walk the hallways of AC and explore their favorite spaces on campus. They rediscovered the reading nooks in Lower School and checked out newer spaces, like the Design and Innovation Lab. Feel free to stop by campus any time to join us on a guided tour!

HAC Men’s Alumni Basketball Game
Gannett Gymnasium, 1:00 p.m.

HAC boys’ basketball alumni returned to join Peter Gregory ’03 for the 10th annual HAC Men’s Alumni Basketball Game. Check out the “HAC Men’s Basketball Alumni” Facebook group for more information.

Paint & Sip 
Dining Commons, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Alumni of all ages, accompanied by their families, enjoyed our newest addition to the Reunion Weekend lineup: Paint & Sip! Participants sipped their favorite beverage and enjoyed step-by-step instruction from our experienced and enthusiastic art teacher while catching up with fellow AC alumni. Each participant left with a one-of-a-kind creation to remember reunion for years to come.

All Alumni Cocktail Party
Birches Courtyard, 5:00 p.m.

More than 200 AC alumni returned to campus to join us for delicious hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and the opportunity to mix and mingle with former and current faculty as well as friends, old and new.

50th Reunion Anniversary Dinner
Country Club of Rochester, 2935 East Ave., Rochester, NY, 7:00 p.m.

Alumni from the Class of 1969 and their guests enjoyed a special dinner at the Country Club of Rochester in honor of their 50th reunion.

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Out of the Mouths of Babes: A Brief Overview of the Allendale Columbia Student Commencement Speakers

Posted on June 18th, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

By Ted Hunt, AC History Teacher

“A few weeks ago, I was thinking about A/C and what it has meant to me over the last four years; after all, I had a graduation speech to write.”

With those words, Brandon Block, Class of 1985, began the first senior Commencement speech in Allendale Columbia School history. The list of student speakers now numbers thirty-five, and what a group it has been: articulate, poised, thoughtful, and diverse in just about every parameter imaginable: gender, race, and ethnicity; urban, rural, suburban.  Over the course of the last thirty-four years, these speakers have had two commonalities. First, their speeches collectively represent some of the most impressive student prose imaginable and, secondly, I have had the pleasure to work with all of them as they crafted and rehearsed their speeches. Year after year, our student speakers were able to distill the essence of Allendale Columbia, its programs, and its people as well as any group of professionals we could have hired to market the school. I saved each and every one of those thirty-five speeches and I would like to share some of their highlights. (more…)

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