Educational Partners and Affiliations

Saint David's partners with a number of cultural, historical, and educational institutions in order to expand and enhance boys' learning in a variety of disciplines. Educators from these institutions work with our teachers to engage boys in active inquiry-based learning experiences, both in and outside the classroom.

 

EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS

AMNH-Hayden Planetarium
Website: http://www.amnh.org/our-research/hayden-planetarium/digital-universe
In a one-of-a-kind partnership, sixth graders learn to "fly through" the Digital Universe as a means of studying the cosmos during a series of extended field study visits to the American Museum of Natural History-Hayden Planetarium. They explore a topic of their choice and translate their research findings into arresting multimedia presentations that they conduct from the control room of the Planetarium.
American Museum of Natural History
Website: http://www.amnh.org/
Omega boys' interdisciplinary study of dinosaurs includes a visit to the Dinosaur exhibit at the museum where they actively partake in interactive activities such as archeological digs.
Apollo Theater
Website: http://www.apollotheater.org/
During their interdisciplinary study of the twentieth century from a kaleidoscope of perspectives, boys visit Harlem's historic Apollo theater.
Colonial Dames Museum House
Website: http://nscda.org/
Fifth graders visit the museum in conjunction with their study of European settlement and colonization, where the program includes discussion of colonial artifacts. 
DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor
Website: http://www.dnalc.org
Boys in the Fifth and Eighth Grades engage with scientists from the DNALC for in-depth study of DNA in a series of hands-on learning experiences. Students’ study of DNA takes place at school and at Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center facilities.
Ellis Island
Website: http://www.ellisisland.org/
The third graders' study of immigration and its impact on their city, state, and nation, includes a visit to Ellis Island, where more than 12 million immigrants entered the United States between 1892-1954. Back at school, the learning from this visit is incorporated in the boys' Mock Ellis Island Activity, in which they role play immigrants' experiences at Ellis Island.
The Frick Collection
Website: http://www.frick.org
In Sixth Grade art, boys visit the Frick Collection to view, sketch, and analyze master portraits, deepening the boys’ experience and understanding of the genre.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Website: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/
Boys in the Fifth and Sixth Grades have access to the Gilder Collection, a unique archive of primary source documents, which they explore during their study of the Revolutionary Era and Civil War.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Website: http://www.guggenheim.org/
Second, seventh, and eighth graders spend several sessions of art during the year at the Guggenheim, drawing, and learning about the museum's architecture and its collection under the guidance of a museum educator. The Second and Seventh Grade courses culminate with an exhibit of the boys' work at the museum, viewed by the boys' families and members of the community.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Website: http://www.metmuseum.org/
Just a few blocks to the school's south, The Met provides rich opportunities for out-of-class learning in art and humanities classes.
Museum of the City of New York
Website: http://www.mcny.org/
Second graders visit the museum during their year-long exploration of New York City and the many ways it has changed throughout the years.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Website: http://www.moma.org/
Second graders visit MoMA during their interdisciplinary study of Picasso in art and Spanish classes. Eighth graders visit MoMA during their study of modern art, where the works often inspire their culminating humanities art presentation project.
New-York Historical Society
Website: http://www.nyhistory.org/
Through our partnership with the New-York Historical Society First Graders study historical maps of New York City and develop cartography techniques. Second and Third Graders explore the history of early New York through hands-on examination of artifacts provided by N-YHS educators.
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Website: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks/
Fifth graders visit this re-creation of a mid-19th century American village in conjunction with their study of American history.
Prepare Inc.
Website: http://www.prepareinc.com/
The Sixth and Eighth Grade health programs includes 10 sessions with health educators from Prepare, Inc., a self-advocacy group that teaches young people how to make safe and healthy choices in situations involving peer pressure and other dangers.
Rubin Museum of Art
Website: http://www.rmanyc.org/
As part of the Fourth Grade study of civilizations, boys visit this museum where they learn about the culture and art of Himalayan Asia.
Tenement Museum
Website: http://www.tenement.org/
Third graders experience personally what life was like for immigrants at the turn of the 20th century, by visiting apartments that re-create immigrant life on the Lower East Side.
The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education
Website: http://www.csee.org/
Saint David's partners with CSEE to develop programs and practices at the heart of youth development.
The Jewish Museum
Website: http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/
Fourth graders visit the Jewish Museum as part of their study of world religions.
The Skyscraper Museum
Website: http://www.skyscraper.org/
As the culmination of their study of New York City  throughout the years, second graders visit the Skyscraper Museum and then create their own skyscrapers, which they exhibit.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Website: http://www.whoi.edu/
As part of a week-long field study on Cape Cod, seventh graders work with scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on site-specific, hands on-investigations into the physical properties of the ocean. Boys create layers of water by adjusting temperature and salinity, figure out how to change the pH of ocean water, and attempt to design and build their own neutrally buoyant plankton after viewing and identifying plankton in seawater samples under a microscope. These explorations enrich the boys’ fall semester of in-depth study of oceans and climate.
 

AFFILIATES

Horizons National
Website: http://www.horizonsnational.org/
Summer learning program serving low-income public school students on campuses of independent schools and colleges.
International Boys School Coalition (IBSC)
Website: http://www.theibsc.org/
Founded in 1995, the International Boys’ Schools Coalition is a not-for-profit coalition of independent, parochial and public schools from around the world dedicated to the education and development of boys world-wide, the professional growth of those who work with them, and the advocacy and the advancement of institutions that serve them.
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Website: http://www.nais.org
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Website: http://www.nysais.org/
The New York State Association of Independent Schools promotes the independence, well-being and public understanding of, and respect for, New York independent schools and serves as an accrediting body chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.
 

ADMISSIONS

A Better Chance
Website: http://www.abetterchance.org/
Organization established to open doors for young people of color to educational opportunities that will position them to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.
Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP)
Website: http://www.aisap.org/
Organization founded by member schools to support admissions efforts.
Early Steps
Website: http://www.earlysteps.org/
Non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of racial diversity within New York City independent schools through increased enrollment of children of color beginning at the kindergarten and first grade levels.
Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY)
Website: http://www.isaagny.org/
Not-for-profit organization that strives to further a spirit of cooperation among Member Schools by coordinating admissions practices and procedures.
Parents League of New York
Website: http://www.parentsleague.org
The League was formed to unite parents in an effort to promote the moral, mental and physical well-being of their children in matters affecting their education, amusements and home life.
Prep for Prep
Website: http://www.prepforprep.org/
Prep for Prep identifies New York City’s most promising students of color and prepares them for placement at independent schools. Once placed, Prep offers support and opportunities to ensure the academic accomplishment and personal growth of each student.
Summer Steps
Website: http://www.brickchurchschool.org/SummerSteps
Summer Steps prepares children of need for optimal participation and success in kindergarten aiming to facilitate cognitive, social, emotional and physical development through a wide variety of learning experiences.
 

COMMUNITY SERVICE PARTNERS

Association to Benefit Children
Website: http://www.a-b-c.org/
Gently used athletic equipment and games are collected by parent and children volunteers to go to a camp run by the Association to Benefit Children which serves children from homeless or re‐housed families (children ages 5‐12 years old).
Carnegie East House
Website: http://www.carnegieeast.org/
Throughout the year, seventh graders visit senior citizens living at the Carnegie East House.
City Harvest
Website: http://www.cityharvest.org/
This city wide initiative encourages New Yorkers to skip lunch and donate the money they would have spent on lunch to feed hungry children in our city. Saint David’s does not ask anyone to skip lunch, but they do encourage the children to skip purchasing an after school snack and to donate the money they would have spent on the snack to the campaign.
Daniel's Music Foundation
Website: http://www.danielsmusic.org/
Sixth Grade members of Saint David’s Headmaster’s Community Club join members of Daniel’s Music Foundation for a series of shared music classes at the DMF facility on Lexington Ave. DMF, founded in 2005 by Daniel Trush and his family, runs recreational music programs in a group setting for individuals with different abilities, using the power of music to create community.
Graham Windham
Website: http://www.graham-windham.org/
New mittens and hats are collected for the children of Graham Windham Foster Care.
Lenox Hill Hospital
Website: http://www.lenoxhillhospital.org/
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Mimi's Building Blocks
Website: http://www.mimisbuildingblocks.org/
This fundraising initiative for Save the Children supports early childhood development and education in rural Ethiopia. Saint David's has partnered with both organizations to build a school in Tigray, Ethiopia.
New York Cares
Website: http://www.newyorkcares.org/
New and gently used coats for adults and children are collected and delivered to New York Cares who will distribute them to those in need.
New York City Parks Department
Website: http://www.nycgovparks.org/
“It’s My Park Day” is a city-wide, one-day effort to beautify our city’s parks. As part of this effort, Saint David’s families are invited to city parks to plant bulbs, rake and mulch.
Parents in Action
Website: http://www.parentsinaction.org/
New and gently used books are collected for under resourced New York City schools.
Project Cicero
Website: http://projectcicero.org/
New and gently used books are collected for under resourced New York City schools.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Website: http://www.rmhc.com/
Boys obtain sponsors and run age-appropriate distances in Central Park to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of New York, which provides temporary housing, meals and emotional support for families while their children are undergoing cancer treatment.
Save the Children
Website: http://www.savethechildren.org/
Save the Children works in the world's poorest and most vulnerable communities in countries from America to Zimbabwe. Saint David's has partnered with them and Mimi's Building Blocks to build a school in Tigray, Ethiopia.
The Seeing Eye
Website: http://www.seeingeye.org/
The first and fourth graders' main community service project involves raising money for The Seeing Eye, which trains guide dogs for the visually impaired. Representatives from Seeing Eye hold an informative assembly at the school in which they teach the boys about guide dogs.
Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center
Website: http://www.archcare.org/
The boys visit residents of Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center to share stories and play games. During Thanksgiving, the boys also assist in the food pantry, preparing and passing meals.
The Church of Saint Thomas More
Website: http://www.thomasmorechurch.org/
The Church of St. Thomas More is where Saint David's students celebrate several school Masses each year, the Masses for First Holy Communion and Confirmation, as well as their Commencement Exercise.
 

 
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