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The Cathedral School

Private | K-8 | 291 students


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Posted May 12, 2014

We are so happy with our decision to send our children to the Cathedral School. The combination of academic quality, teacher talent, and overall positive school culture makes it a true standout in the independent school marketplace. As our oldest prepares to explore high schools, we are increasingly aware of the leadership development opportunities he has had - academically and athletically - in this K-8 environment. When he gets ready for college he'll know exactly what he's doing. Ask to see the college lists of Cathedral alums when you apply -- you'll be blown away!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 11, 2014

The Cathedral School has been a wonderful experience or our family. All aspects of education are given the highest attention. The teachers are so engaged and committed to making the rigorous curriculum accessible to all students. The sports program is fantastic, with a very high percentage of students participating in JV and Varsity sports. The school is also very committed to a diverse student population. All of the families in our children's classes are down-to-earth and lovely. We feel very lucky to have had the Cathedral experience.
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Posted January 27, 2014

My children have been very happy and have learned so much at this school over the last 6 years. The community has a strong commitment to diversity of all kinds, including socioeconomic diversity, which is very rare in NYC private schools. 40% of students receive some level of financial aid. The school also actively teaches social justice and community service. Bottom line, Cathedral graduates some of the best educated and genuinely compassionate kids around!
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Posted January 26, 2012

As an upper schooler who s been at the school since Kindergarten, I ve thrived in Cathedral s atmosphere and learned a lot from some outstanding teachers - and had some trouble with others, but personal vendettas aside, Cathedral is an excellent school. I have paid attention as tuition has nearly doubled since my family joined the community more than a decade ago, and I ve watched as the administration and other powerful figures at Cathedral have started to morph the school s image into a somewhat elitist one. They ve now spent millions of dollars needlessly to rearrange and reconstruct parts of the landmarked building so that it may become a 21st Century School . The school may be headed down a path that ends in disaster, but that doesn t detract from the reality that my education has been exceptional.

Posted November 12, 2011

Our child has had an OK experience at Cathedral-glad to have her graduating though. Some teachers are interested in really trying to help your child- others not so much. One drawback is their lack of a Math specialist. Also, it seems like there is a high turnover of teachers. The parent body is terrific and many administrators are warm and responsive.
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Posted March 5, 2008

The tuituion has gone up 43% in 4 years ostensibly to hire and retain well trained faculty. The effort seems to be very disjointed with uneven hiring and an inordinate amount of shifting teachers among grades.
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Posted April 20, 2006

wonderful small school with excellent music arts and community connected to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. An Upper West Side gem with wonderful families and a beautiful setting.
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Posted April 20, 2006

wonderful small school with excellent music arts and community connected to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. An Upper West Side gem with wonderful families and a beautiful setting. I dislike the newish principal who is cold and has shut out parents but the overall feel of the school is still kind, creative and gives excellent preparation for high school and produces children with a good sense of who they are.
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Posted January 26, 2006

Cathedral provides a traditional education within a strong, supportive community. The program is rigorous, and the teachers accessible and supportive. The curriculum is integrated such that the arts tie into wha the child studies in social studies or math or science. Classes are small, and parents are very involved. The only downside of the school is the lack of much of an extracurricular program. The athletic program is weak, but this is not necessarily a bad thing for the lower school. The teachers are phenomenal, both as educators and as people. The principal joined the school two years ago from Trinity and brings a new level of professionalism to the school. I have been thrilled with the education my child received at Cathedral. It is a gem, particularly with its lovely Close.
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Posted April 13, 2005

Cathedral is a warm, nurturing and diverse community. Because it is small, no child slips through the cracks. A rich music program includes the opportunity to become a member of the choir of St. John the Divine. The school is colocated with the Cathedral, and thus the grounds are unusually beautiful. The school is traditional in educational philosophy, but is not a pressure cooker. Parents are very involved in the school, and come from many interesting backgrounds -- not your typical assembly of bankers and lawyers. Academics, intellectuals, artists. There are many stellar teachers. Children do go to evensong every week, but services are multi-faith and multicultural, and contribute to the schools's culture of thoughtfulness and tolerance.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 52%
Black 12% 21%
Asian 7% N/A
Hispanic 5% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Marsha K. Nelson
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