Students with ChildrenTeachers College appreciates the fact that many of its students have family members, including children. The Office of Residential Services has limited family housing available, and TC provides information and services for parents with school-age children.
Tips and Advice
When preparing to bring any dependent minor children, please keep in mind the following tips and advice:
If you have pre-school or school-age children, be sure to bring their birth certificates (with an official English translation), and medical/immunization records with you to the U.S., as they are required for school enrollment.
The typical school year for elementary and high school closely mirrors TC's school year. Classes ordinarily starts in September and ends in May or June, with a one-month winter vacation between mid-December and mid-January.
The U.S. has a private and public school system. Children who attend public school ordinarily attend a school in their immediate neighborhood. Private school fees may be substantial. Please plan your financial requirements carefully.
The Office of Student Activities and Programs publishes a Guide to Family Services, which provides a comprehensive overview of childcare, schooling, and related issues. We recommend that you go to their web site and review the Guide as a good place to get started.
For general information about Columbia University-supported services, go to http://neighbors.columbia.edu/programsandservices/educational_programs/index.html
New York City Department of Education oversees New York City's public school system, at http://www.nycenet.edu/OurSchools/default.htm.