Drop in (virtually) for a minute or stay for an hour!
Chat with the Allendale Columbia Admissions Team ANY Wednesday between noon and 1 p.m. to learn more about AC! Each Lunch & Learn has a different theme to highlight AC’s various opportunities, but we are happy to answer any questions you may have!
Upcoming Lunch & Learns
January 6, 2021
Admissions & Financial Aid Deadlines at AC
Drop in 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Allendale Columbia is focused on making the right match for each student. Families are encouraged to submit admission and financial aid applications in January for priority consideration. Join us to learn more about the timetable for submitting your materials, whether you are looking to make a change now or apply for the 2021-2022 school year. Register Now!
Friday, January 15, 2021
Join us for a virtual Open House to connect and see if Allendale Columbia School is the right fit for your family! As part of our school-wide effort to maintain and practice responsible physical distancing, our Friday, January 15th at 9:00 a.m. Open House will be held virtually through Zoom! Open House participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear from Interim Head of School Shannon Baudo and our Division Heads. Attendees will also be notified as soon as AC’s campus re-opens for visitors so we can schedule your in-person campus tour and playdate! Register for Open House
January 20, 2021
Current Parent Perspectives
Drop in 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
At Allendale Columbia, you will find parents who are passionate about giving their children the best educational experience, and they often say they have chosen AC not just for the academics but for the community. Join us as current parents share firsthand accounts of AC’s genuine partnerships with families. Register Now!
January 27, 2021
AC Student Panel
Drop in 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
AC provides students with a positive intellectual and social peer group within an incredibly diverse educational setting. As one student said recently, “It’s cool to be smart, and it is easy to be yourself.” Join us for our student panel as we provide a glimpse into daily life at AC, including student schedules and the opportunity to hear straight from our students. Register Now!
February 3, 2021
Global Engagement at AC
Drop in 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
The AC Center for Global Engagement focuses on a proprietary curriculum that supports AC’s Global Engagement Diploma. In this program, students embark on service-learning, research, entrepreneurial, and cultural-immersion international trips and participate in leadership and exchange opportunities within the local community and across the world. Join us to discover how our students become global leaders. Register Now!
February 10, 2021
STEM and Innovation at AC
Drop in 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
The AC Invent Center for STEM and Innovation helps build enthusiasm, engagement, and fluency through authentic learning experiences. We challenge students to learn critical thinking, creativity in problem solving, reflection, and communication – solidifying skills that students can transfer across STEM content areas and the arts. Whether in our STEM, Research and Writing course or through the lower school robotics team, we coach our students to develop critical and innovative thinking as they solve problems and overcome challenges. Learn how AC students are making an impact with their peers, our local community, nationally, and globally through our AC Invent Center for STEM and Innovation. Register Now!
February 24, 2021
Entrepreneurship at AC
Drop in 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation creates opportunities for our students to make an impact on the world at an unprecedented level by learning to adapt to a constantly evolving world, connecting globally, and carving their own path. Join us to learn how our students become innovative, creative, thoughtful people who look at problems as exciting challenges to be solved. Register Now!
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Posted in: Events & Workshops, Highlights
Chariot Learning will facilitate a SAT/ACT Intensive Class this October. The class is ideal for students in grade 11 that have completed Algebra II. Students currently enrolled in Algebra II are advised to begin their SAT/ACT preparations in the spring. Seniors planning to take the October ACT and/or November SAT could also consider taking this course to maximize their scores.
Full course details can be accessed by clicking here. The priority deadline to register is September 21st. Additionally, all AC students have the opportunity to take the FREE full-length practice tests and should click here to RSVP for the practice ACT on Sunday, October 21 and/or the practice SAT on Sunday, October 28th (both tests run from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.).
Posted in: College Advising News, Eleventh Grade, Highlights, The Birches, Upper School, US Birches
Every year at the end of the spring semester, Middle and Upper School students at Allendale Columbia complete their usual curriculum and begin May Term. May Term exists to provide educational opportunities outside of the normal structures of the school year to support intellectual discovery, encourage collaboration, and foster community involvement.
Here are some May Term highlights so far this year:
- Students learned about honey bees, built a beehive, planted flora that bees love, and installed a starter colony of bees at the school garden in the “Buds and Bees” course led by Mrs. Guzzetta and Mr. Costanzo. Students will continue to monitor the hive and harvest honey in the fall.
- A panel of judges from the AC Kitchen and maintenance evaluated student culinary creations in a Master Chef-type competition, with students presenting the science behind the creation of those food items in the “Science of Cooking” course led by Ms. Crosby and senior Gio Martino.
- In “Human Impacts on the Environment”, AC students worked with students from the World of Inquiry School 58 at a Water Quality Summit in Rochester to understand the Genesee River ecosystem, which was featured on WROC and WXXI. Mrs. Lisi and Mr. Godkin led this session.
- In “Life Underwater”, students explored the flora and fauna in Corbett’s Glen with Mrs. Guzzetta.
- Students visited the Women’s Rights Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls as part of “Nevertheless, She Persisted” (above) with Mr. Neeley
Other topics included:
- Positive Psychology
- The Great Outdoors
- Console Wars: The History of Video Gaming
- Be Here Now: Mindfulness as a Practice
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What would Susan and Frederick Think? The Legacy of Rochester’s Agitators
- Muse: Making a Magazine
- Bilingual Theatre
- Building, flying and using drones for media production
- Music with Kids
- Confidence & Courage: Dare to Show Up, Be Seen, & Be Brave
- Wheelin’ Through Rochester’s History
- Stigma and Mental Health: Issues and Interventions
- Ornithology Science and Art
- Exhibition Night Planning
- Grow Your Own Food
- Social Impact Filmmaking
- Day Trading and Cryptocurrency Lab
- Making Community Service a Way of Life
- 2019 College Workshop
- The AC Genome Project
- Innocence and Guilt: Learning about the Law
We’ll have additional updates as May Term progresses. Everyone is also welcome to participate in an interactive May Term Exhibition Night where students will discuss their projects on Thursday, May 7th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Posted in: Authentic Learning, Centers for Impact, Eighth Grade, Eleventh Grade, Entrepreneurship, Global Engagement, Highlights, Invent, Middle School, Ninth Grade, Partnerships, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School
Get ready for some fabulous music on Monday, April 30th, at the Allendale Columbia Spring Band and Chorus Concert. The concert features songs from the Concert Band, Middle School Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Upper School Chorus, and the combined Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. The repertoire includes a good variety of musical genres.
The evening performance starts at 7:00 p.m., and student performers are expected to arrive by 6:30 p.m., dressed in concert attire.
A Red Cross blood drive hosted by Allendale Columbia’s Community Service Club helped save lives on April 25th, surpassing the goal of 21 units of blood with 28 donors and 24 units collected. Several students became blood donors for the first time.
Students in Middle School were too young to give blood, so their Student Council held a bake sale that morning for the Greater Rochester Red Cross, raising $177.75. The money is designated for Comfort Kits provided to victims requiring shelter following disasters that displace them from their homes.
Many thanks to all who participated, including Allendale alumnus Leal Smith ’63, who was assisting on the Red Cross team. Also of note, AC alumna Diana Clarkson ’99 serves as the Chair of the Greater Rochester Chapter’s Board of Directors.
Posted in: Centers for Impact, Eighth Grade, Eleventh Grade, Highlights, Middle School, MS Birches, Ninth Grade, Partnerships, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, Tenth Grade, The Birches, Twelfth Grade, Upper School, US Birches
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.
Posted in: Alumni News, Eleventh Grade, Highlights, LS Birches, Middle School, MS Birches, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, The Birches, Twelfth Grade, Upper School, US Birches
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.”
Andrew RaganAndrew 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.
Posted in: Centers for Impact, Entrepreneurship, Highlights, Middle School, Seventh Grade
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.
Posted in: AC in the News, Alumni News, Centers for Impact, Eighth Grade, Eleventh Grade, Entrepreneurship, Fifth Grade, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Global Engagement, Highlights, Invent, Kindergarten, Lower School, Middle School, Ninth Grade, Nursery, Partnerships, Pre-Primary School, PreKindergarten, Second Grade, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, Tenth Grade, Third Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School