Head of School

Thank you for your interest in The School at Columbia University. We are among a select group of schools in the world with the opportunity to combine a small school community that meets the needs of each individual student, and the resources of a leading university. Collaboration, community, diversity and innovation are our core values. Our approach to education focuses on concept-based differentiated teaching and the integration of educational technology.
We dedicate ourselves to fostering in our students personal resourcefulness and integrity, a sense of social responsibility, and a lifelong appreciation of learning through an innovative, socially and emotionally supportive, and academically challenging program. Our pedagogical and curricular philosophies embrace multicultural perspectives, which challenge educators and learners to examine their preconceived notions of race, gender, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, and sexual orientation. A committed faculty and administration strive to create a school that will stand as a model for what K-8 education can be, and serve as a genuine and enduring partnership between Columbia and its neighbors.
Our unique connection to Columbia University influences everything from our high academic standards to the spirit of inquiry that fills our classrooms. The School’s faculty, in collaboration with Columbia faculty and graduate students, has created a wide variety of learning opportunities for students. The efforts range from field trips and class visits to ongoing collaborations that are shaping The School’s curriculum; for example, faculty from Columbia’s School of Public Health are pivotal members of The School’s Gender and Sexuality Education committee. We are always seeking opportunities for mutually beneficial relationships between Columbia University faculty and students and faculty at The School.
The University also provides our faculty and students with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment, including access to top-notch athletic and library facilities. We have enjoyed annual all-school field days at the University’s Baker Field, and the eighth-grade graduation ceremony is hosted in the rotunda of the campus’ iconic Low Memorial Library. Our relationship with Columbia’s Teachers College is two-fold: We work with student teachers and host student observers, and our own teachers do coursework and pursue advanced degrees at the college. It is largely through the connection with Teachers College that The School has pursued the research components of its mission.

I encourage you to browse our website and learn more about The School at Columbia University. Please feel free to contact us, at any time, with questions or for more information.
Amani Reed
Head of School
Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Reed was the Middle School Principal at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. He also served as Middle School Assistant Director at the Lakeside School in Seattle for five years, and held directorial positions at Sewickley Academy in Pennsylvania, including as Assistant Director of Summerbridge Pittsburgh, an academic enrichment program for middle school students facing limited opportunities. He has served with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in a variety of roles, including Faculty Member for NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads, Faculty Member for NAIS Summer Diversity Institute, Member of the Call To Action, Lead Facilitator Diversity Track at NAIS Annual Conference and, Member of the NAIS Summit on Equity. He has also served on the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) Board Committee for Administrative Services, the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) board, and The Guild of Independent Schools. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Columbia University Teachers College, and a B.S. in secondary education from the University of Portland in Oregon.

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