Guided by traditions of the Catholic faith, Saint David’s boys are expected to treat others with respect and kindness. Daily Chapel talks delivered by teachers, coaches, and the Headmaster shape a boy’s character and inspire a strong sense of self. Saint David’s boys forge the bonds of lifelong friendship born out of a comfort in being themselves through a myriad of shared experiences.
Through the religion curriculum, boys study the nature of Christianity and examine common threads among major world religions. Families of all faiths share religious and cultural traditions within the classroom – broadening the boys’ perspectives and laying the foundation for global citizenship and cultural competency. Catholic boys receive the sacraments of First Holy Communion, Reconciliation, and Confirmation, while their classmates support them through active involvement.
Spirituality manifests most concretely at Saint David’s through service. Boys have extensive long-term relationships with Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, Carnegie East House, and Daniel's Music Foundation. Second graders deepen their natural sense of empathy through a series of visits to the Manhattan Childrens Center, where they cultivate skills to engage with children with autism and related disabilities. Fourth graders explore the relationship between the visually impaired and guide dogs as they organize an annual school-wide service project in support of The Seeing Eye. As the leaders of our student body, Eighth Grade boys develop a signature service project each year; these have included establishing a school in Ethiopia and raising funds for hurricane relief. Saint David’s alumni assist with Horizons at Saint David’s, a tuition-free summer program for boys from low-income families.