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Saint David's Synthesized

Saint David's is an elementary school for boys of all faiths whose parents seek a school program rooted in the moral and theological traditions of the Catholic Church. Pupils are admitted to Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Eight. The school is located at Twelve East Eighty-ninth Street in Manhattan.

Since its founding in 1951, Saint David's has graduated nearly 2,000 students. They have gone on to the most competitive New York City secondary schools and regional boarding schools, and from there to ranking universities and colleges throughout the nation.

The school is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, subscribing to its Principles of Good Practice for admission of students. Saint David's also belongs to the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York as well as the Educational Records Bureau. The school’s headmaster is Dr. P. David O’Halloran.

 

The School

  • Founded in 1951 as an elementary school for boys in the Catholic tradition
  • Grades Pre-K through 8
  • 420 students and 126 faculty and staff (2014-2015 Academic Year)
  • Exceptional faculty: 73% with advanced degrees; 63% with 10-plus years of teaching experience; 43% have been at Saint David's for 10-plus years.
  • Low student-teacher ratios
  • Campus at 12 East 89th St.; Fitness Facility/Gym at East 94th St.; 2 libraries, 1 media center, 4 art rooms, 2 music suites, 3 science labs
  • Robust after school program with classes in a variety of disciplines
  • Tuition for 2014-2015  Pre-K: $27,345  Kindergarten through Grade 8: $41,000
  • Endowment: 65 funds valued at more than $60 million

Philosophy

  • Ultimate aspiration: "that they be good men."
  • Classical tradition of "balance in all things"
  • Four pillars: Academics, Arts, Athletics, and Spirituality


Four Pillars

Academics

  • Most current educational research incorporated to maximize learning and understanding, through the school-wide Curriculum Initiative
  • Rigorous academic pursuit promoted through active learning and engagement via field trips, partnerships with educational institutions such as the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and DNALC, interdisciplinary learning, and common teaching framework 
  • Technology incorporated thoughtfully throughout the curriculum in every grade
  • Public speaking and skills associated with rhetoric and oral presentation emphasized at all grade levels
  • Spanish immersion in Pre-K through Grade 8; French and Latin programs offered
  • Hands-on STEAM classes such as the DNA unit in Grades 5 and 8 through our partnership with the DNALC of Cold Spring Harbor
  • Emphasis placed on concept of an extended campus through overnight experiences in Ramapo, NY; Washington, D.C.;  Salamanca, Spain; and Rome and Florence, Italy
  • Significant support for faculty professional development opportunities
  • Seeks to create responsible lifelong learners who are reflective and respect differences

Arts

  • "Critical Eye" and "Critical Mind" cultivated so that boys can critically evaluate the world around them
  • Emphasis on manners and social graces
  • Boys taught to seek the truth, beauty, and, ultimately, the good
  • Art classes in painting, drawing, woodworking, and pottery in 4 dedicated art rooms
  • Music program includes First Orchestra (Grades 1 through 3), Philharmonic Ensemble (Grades 4 through 8) which performs at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall,  Chamber Singers (Grades 4 through 8), Recorder Consorts (Grades 6 through 8), and opportunities for individual instruction
  • School-wide Art and Music Festivals held in winter and spring
  • Dramatic and musical performances by all boys in all grades

Athletics

  • Soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, hockey, squash, cross country running, tennis, track and field, flag football
  • Member of Manhattan Private Middle School League
  • Fitness facility with state-of-art electronic fitness equipment
  • Stresses "skill and sportsmanship"

Spirituality

  • Reflection upon the moral and ethical in all aspects of a boy's school day
  • Daily Chapels, with talks given by faculty and alumni
  • Contribution to the greater good with action through several community service programs
  • Teachings of the Catholic faith used as a lens through which boys examine a moral/ethical life
  • Exposure to worldwide religious traditions in class
  • Sacraments offered to Catholic boys