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Saint David's Synthesized

Saint David's is an independent elementary school for boys of all faiths and backgrounds whose parents seek a school program rooted in the moral and theological traditions of the Catholic Church. Boys 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 more than 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. 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
  • Approximately 400 students and 138 faculty and staff
  • Exceptional faculty: 72% with advanced degrees; 71% with 10-plus years of teaching experience; 38% have been at Saint David's for 10-plus years.
  • Low student-teacher ratios
  • Facilities: Three Gymnasiums (one middle school regulation size), Performing Arts Center, Upper and Lower School Libraries, STEAM Suite, Three Lunchrooms, Learning Center.
  • Robust After School program with classes in a variety of disciplines
  • Tuition for 2018-2019  Pre-K: $31,990  Kindergarten through Grade 8: $47,970
  • Endowment: 69 funds valued at $70 million


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

Four Pillars


  • 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 the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center, 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 Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center, and the Digital Universe Flight School unit through our partnership with the American Museum of Natural History
  • Emphasis placed on concept of an extended campus through overnight experiences in Frost Valley, NY; Cape Cod, MA; 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


  • "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 and Percussion Ensembles (Grades 4 through 8), 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


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


  • 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