The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine

The school was founded by Rt. Rev. Henry Codman Potter, the Episcopal bishop of New York City, as a boys' boarding school to provide the choir for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In 1964, Cathedral began enrolling male day students of all faiths. Girls were first admitted in 1974. Located in a building on the 13-acre Cathedral Close, the school offers a solid foundation in the basic elementary school subjects that integrates the arts, athletics and leadership opportunities. French, Spanish and Mandarin instruction begins in kindergarten. Older pupils take French or Spanish in grades 4-8, while also enrolling in Latin courses in grades 7 and 8. Every student attends two chapel services weekly, and compulsory community service is part of the school day. On the basis of auditions, 25 to 28 boys and girls in grades 4-8 have the option of serving as choristers of the affiliated Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In exchange, they receive a tuition stipend.

General Information

Academic OrientationPre-Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades K-8
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
Year Established1901
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious AffiliationEpiscopal

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$38,425; estimated extras $800-1050
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded97
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$1,934,870

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarTrimester
Supplemental InstructionDevelopmental Reading
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Soccer, Track
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball
Interscholastic Girls' SportsSoftball, Volleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2011
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School24
Most Common Graduate DestinationsRiverdale, Dalton, Poly Prep, Miss Hall's, St Andrew's Sch-DE, Trinity Sch-NY


Applications DueNovember
Application Fee$60
New Students48
Percentage of Applicants Accepted16
Tests Used for AdmissionCTP 4, ISEE


AdministratorMarsha K. Nelson
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2003
Administrator's CredentialsBS, Univ of Texas-Austin, BME, Baylor Univ, MA, Columbia Univ
Director(s) of AdmissionsLisa Smoots, Director of Admission

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment287
Day Students287
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)287
Average Class Size17
Student-Faculty Ratio7:1
Dress CodeUniform
Teaching Faculty45
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)80
Male Teaching Faculty10
Female Teaching Faculty35
Faculty EthnicityWhite 75%, Latino 4%, African-American 6%, Asian 6%, Other 9%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage13
Buildings on Campus1
Endowment Value$5,400,000
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