Knowledge for College Moved to April 25th

Posted on April 20th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Learn how to approach life after high school with the Knowledge for College Program, rescheduled for Wednesday, April 25th, at 7 p.m. in Allendale Columbia School’s Curtis Performance Center (CPC).

This event is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to learn about the College Advising Program at AC and to become educated about the current college admission landscape.  The program includes a panel of college admission counselors who will offer advice to families during these pre-college years and answer questions about the college search and application process.  For handout and cookie purposes, please click here to RSVP (please submit a new RSVP for the rescheduled date).

AC families are welcome to bring friends from other school communities to this program.


Kristin Cocquyt

Kristin Cocquyt

Unlike most of our peer schools, we have a dedicated full-time college advisor. Kristin Cocquyt's primary focus is to support, guide, and advise AC students on their college search and application process. She has been in the field of education for 13 years and has visited over 160 colleges, giving her a solid basis for recommending colleges that are great matches for our students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Hamilton College and is a member of both the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
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Save a Life at Blood Drive April 25th

Posted on April 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

You can be a life saver! Please consider supporting the Allendale Columbia School Community Service Club’s upcoming Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 25th, from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. in the AC Alumni Gym, 519 Allens Creek Road in Rochester.

CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment using the sponsor keyword allendalecolumbia, or call the Red Cross at 1-800-Red-Cross. In only about an hour, donors can give a pint of whole blood or “Power Red”. A Power Red donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. These donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Neg, B Neg, or O blood.

Those who donate will receive a free Red Cross t-shirt (while supplies last). Middle School students will also support the Red Cross with a bake sale at 10:30 a.m. in the Dining Commons.


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Game of Empire Immerses 7th Graders in Colonial Economics

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Andrew Ragan, Middle School History Teacher

Seventh Graders recently tackled the “Game of Empire” to immerse themselves in the economics of Colonial America. Imitating Europe’s mercantile system of the 18th century, teams of students representing the Southern Planters, New England Merchants, European Merchants, Colonial Farmers, and British West Indian Planters competed to gain the largest percentage of goods they needed to prosper. Students checked their inventories, bargained with traders from other groups, procured shipping, and sailed loaded ships across the sea to deliver their goods.

Ship journeys were not always successful, however: storms sank ships, pirates seized cargo, and the British Navy stopped many vessels to check whether goods were being smuggled. Apparently, the Navy was open to bribery, as it ended the game with an inexplicably large amount of hard cash. Some teams made a killing when they realized that they held monopolies on certain goods that other teams had to have. Students raced around the room in great bursts of energy during four trading rounds, each begun and ended with a “royal flourish” from a tuba and trumpet player.

After the last round, each team tabulated its purchases and sales and calculated what percentage of goods they had acquired. All the seventh graders “won” in the end by learning just how complicated the mercantile trading system was in the Colonial Age and how much fun it is to simulate that in the “Game of Empire.”

Click here for more photos and video of the action.


Kristin Cocquyt

Andrew Ragan

Andrew came to teach Middle School History at Allendale Columbia School after 20 years in educational publishing and living in Pittsburgh, New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, and the Adirondacks. He began writing for young people at Junior Scholastic magazine and has since published hundreds of articles in such magazines as JS, Scholastic News, Disney Adventures, Creative Classroom, and more. After teaching freshman composition at the University of Southern California for several years, Andrew served as the Senior Editor for Disney Adventures Magazine. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Communications, with honors, from Carnegie Mellon University and his master's degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.
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Creativity Abounds at Evening of the Arts

Posted on March 27th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Creativity knows no bounds, as Allendale Columbia School students demonstrated at the biennial Evening of the Arts event on Friday, March 23rd. The exhibition featured over a hundred works of art from students in grades N – 12 displayed throughout the school. This year’s theme was “Art Around the World”.

Honors and Portfolio Seminar Art students plied their craft in the Bruce B. Bates Design and Innovation Lab, previewing their work for the upcoming spring thesis exhibition in April. Senior Madison DeCory appreciated the opportunity to help stimulate artistic creativity in younger students, as she mentioned in an interview with News 8 Rochester: “What we want to do tonight is showcase what we’ve been doing, showcase our talents, and get other students interested in the artwork that we’re doing.”

“It’s a variety of work all the way from photography — we have a black and white darkroom which is incredible for our students to have that experience — to printmaking, painting, drawing, design, digital work, and hands on work,” said Amy Oliveri, AC art teacher and Director of the AC Center for Entrepreneurship. A group of 5th graders even demonstrated their “crankie” from the Lower School musical, “I’m Not Sleepy…Yet!”.

Students working in the Global Engagement Diploma program also participated in a bit of social entrepreneurism, selling handmade baskets from a women’s collective and shade-grown coffee to benefit the program’s partners in El Sauce, Nicaragua.

News 8 Rochester summarized the event on their evening news show.

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Are You Smarter Than an AC Student?

Posted on March 20th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Ted Hunt

How is your knowledge of current events? Take our 2018 Current Events Test, and measure your results. Even though you’re downloading the test on a connected device, you may not consult any sources other than your own memory while you take the test.

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Congratulations to AC Second Semester Honors Students

Posted on March 9th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Congratulations to the following Middle School students who earned High Effort Honors for the second semester:

Grade 6

  • Ria Bansal
  • Olivia Caschette
  • Jake Crane
  • Natalia Dandrea
  • Gabby Harper
  • Caitlin Vella
  • Shane Whiteside

Grade 7

  • Gabriela Barelli
  • Joelle Blankenship
  • Ashleigh Cameron
  • Lilah Costanzo
  • Faith Faulkner
  • Kai Polozie
  • Josh Nozik
  • Nathan Roof
  • Maya Voloshin


Grade 8

  • Mansa Brown
  • Cadence Burke
  • Mary Cotter
  • Ava Douglas
  • Owen Kacprzynski
  • Nathaniel LaRussa-Trott
  • Sean Li
  • Elina Natarajan
  • Ella Prokupets
  • Margot Queenan
  • Jonathan Ragan
  • Aidan Wun
  • Ronan Wun
  • Jocelyn Wynn
  • Hafsah Ziauddin


Congratulations to the Upper School students listed below who made High Honors for the second semester.

Grade 9

  • Sarah Ash
  • Yueying Bai
  • Chase Franz
  • Adrian Fuller
  • Madeleine Gee
  • Zihan Jiao
  • Ryan Mogauro
  • Michelina Nicodemus
  • Jong Won Park
  • Emma Vella
  • Garrett Wilson

Grade 10

  • Annabelle Blake
  • Nicolas Ryan Chapados
  • Zhengye Chen
  • Elizabeth Cotter
  • Jaina Dinino
  • Ava Gouvernet
  • Riley Leibeck
  • Megan Mogauro
  • Cassandra Northrup
  • Roxana Reisch
  • Daniel Saedi
  • Benjamin Smoker
  • Yiming Tang
  • Xinxin Wang
  • Yiran Wu
Grade 11

  • Marissa Frenett
  • Ruilu Gao
  • Noah Levine
  • Haoze Li
  • Hanyu Li
  • Tristan Nicosia
  • Nathaniel Pifer
  • Dongming Shen
  • Yunfang Xu

Grade 12

  • Emily Atieh
  • James Bourtis
  • Lila Campbell
  • Jason Coupal
  • Tingyan Deng
  • Danielle Fuller
  • Lennon Green
  • Aditi Seshadri
  • Anjana Seshadri
  • Connor Surkau-Parkinson
  • Nathan Yax
  • Alison Zell
  • Hanlin Zhang
  • Rui Zhou

Congratulations to the following Upper School students who earned Honors for the second semester.

 Grade 9

  • Robert Bassett
  • Gregory Castellano
  • Marc Chuprun
  • Victoria Edwards
  • Ciarra Franz
  • Mara Goodyear
  • Brynn Peters
  • Sama’Ja Scott
  • McKenna Shearing
  • Elesavet Stathopoulos
  • Alicia Strader
  • Eshmeron Subba

Grade 10

  • Sixiong Cai
  • Gifford Campbell
  • Kyla Carter
  • Matthew Duver
  • Caden Kacprzynski
  • Fiona Lutz
  • Danielle Monti
  • Henry Nicosia
  • Laura Pinkney
  • Evelyn Van Arsdale
 Grade 11

  • Makayla Cappon
    Cassidy Draper
    Victoria Furdey
    Emilia Granat
    Cruise Hawkes
    Zitong Jin
    AnnMargaret Mealey

Grade 12

  • Sion Dorancy
  • Adelaide Flood
  • Rotsirohawi Galban
  • Alan Johnson
  • Catherine Kennedy
  • Giovanni Marino
  • Caroline Mealey
  • Brandon Medina
  • Kenneth Mogauro
  • Francesca Quatela
  • Kennedy Robinson
  • Grant Turner
  • Nathaniel Wood
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