Saint David's School

12 E 89th St, New York, NY 10128

Founded as an independent school by nine Catholic families, Saint David's enrolls boys of all religious and ethnic backgrounds. During the pre-primary years (prekindergarten and kindergarten), children learn to work and play together as they begin to pursue their own interests. Developmentally appropriate language arts and math programs, which begin in grade 1, promote mastery of carefully sequenced concepts and skills. Small-group reading instruction emphasizes phonics and comprehension, and writing is integral to the language arts program. Weekly science, social studies, art, pottery and woodworking classes augment the core curriculum, and formal computer instruction commences in prekindergarten. In grades 4-8 (the upper school), students further develop their reading, writing and reasoning abilities. Faculty stress study and note-taking skills and the use of reference materials, and the curriculum synthesizes the study of literature, history and science. Ability grouping is utilized in the math department, allowing more-able boys to progress rapidly to new material. Spanish study commences in prekindergarten and continues through grade 8, with classes scheduled at least three times a week. Latin study is compulsory in grades 5 and 6, after which time it is available as an elective; in addition, French is available in grades 6-8. A well-developed computer program allows students to progress from basic keyboarding skills to word processing, robotics and multimedia presentations. As in the lower school, parental involvement is an important element of the program. Community service opportunities, which further enrich the curriculum, begin in the lower school. After-school activities are available (for an additional fee) to boys in grades K-8.

General Information

Academic OrientationPre-Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Boys Grades PS (Age 4)-8
Coed, Boys, or GirlsBoys
Full Address12 E 89th St, New York, NY 10128
Year Established1951
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
AdministratorP. David O'Halloran
Applications DueDecember
Total Enrollment411
Day Students411
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