PDS is a wonderful school. My daughter loves her school and I could not be happier with her academic progress. As a parent there is no better feeling than seeing your child thrive. I do understand how the headmaster can intimidate parents, but I believe that parents should put their ego aside and put children first. My daughter was eligible for both NYC G&T program and was accepted in two other UES private schools, we chose PDS for its unique approach in education. The only school I could compare PDS to when it comes to the quality of education is Chapin. I highly recommend the school to all the parents who are looking for the best quality education for their children.
Surprising lack of adequate supervision of children considering the small school size. Many issues with children fall through the cracks. The mission statement sounds good (character development, etc.), but it is just rhetoric more than practice. Agree with other reviewers that headmaster can be rude and arrogant to parents. Teachers there are the saving grace of the school. Overall, a good public school may have more to offer.
We have two boys and Philosophy Day School - 2nd and K and we love the school. Philosophy Day focuses on Character development and it s been a pleasure to see the positive influence the Headmaster, teachers and overall environment has had on all of the children at the school. The children are kind and courteous to each other as well as the adults. On the academic front, the school is very rigorous, which presented a bit of a challenge for our children. Fortunately, the warm and caring teachers took time with our kids and made sure they did not fall behind something made easier by the low teacher to student ratio in the classes. Philosophy has also fostered a strong community for the parents and we ve made several great friends since our kids started attending. If you are looking for a warm, encouraging environment where your child can get a first-rate education Philosophy is definitely a school you should look at.
We love Philosophy Day! Our daughter has been there for many years, and is excited to go every day. The school is like a large caring family, with everyone sitting together for lunch including the headmaster. The academics are top notch, but just as important is the commitment to character development (something I see in my daughter as a direct result of the school). The teachers are all devoted to the children & I don t know of a child who doesn t love the school. From Shakespeare to Sanskrit, Mozart to Yoga, the children are exposed to a world of knowledge. The parents are especially diverse which gives the school a wonderful international feeling. No one has an attitude. We have friends & family at many Manhattan private schools, so we know Philosophy Day School is truly special.
Philosophy Day School is one of a kind. Our son has been in the School for the past 5 years and we have been consistently satisfied with the academics and the personal development of our child. The individualized attention the children receive on a daily basis is unprecedented. Excellent sports program, outstanding music and drama curriculum (children sing Mozart and perform Shakespeare plays) and above all provides a strong classical education that opens the doors to the the most renowned Schools. Math is also a strong aspect of the curriculum. Philosophy Day School attracts many international families that add to the uniqueness of this School. Don't miss the School Tour where you'll have a chance to visit a beautiful building and meet the brilliant Headmaster.
We have 2 boys at PDS and have been really pleased. The quality of the teachers, the learning focus on literacy, and the small classes have been a great boon to our boys' education. The student body is diverse, and the parents are really involved. Foreign language study is non-traditional in that all students learn Sanskrit and Greek, but families with kids that have graduated to middle schools tell us that it is a good preparation for French, Spanish and other classical languages.
We sent our three children through PDS -- from pre-school through 5th grade -- and they are thriving. They were well prepared for junior high school, academically and socially. The small class size, the emphasis on good character development, and the music and arts education are all outstanding assets of the school. More people should know about this wonderful little place.
Philosophy Day School is a gem: an academically rigorous, structured program in a small and nurturing setting with a strong emphasis on the arts and on character development. Our child is graduating after five years and has enjoyed the school tremendously. The teachers are wonderful, committed, and inspired, and the parent community is connected, friendly and unusually diverse. Music, drama, and art are all wonderful programs, leading to exceptional plays and concerts. Really a special place.
Philosophy Day School is a gem on the Upper East Side. While the academics at the school are of a high standard and the small class size ensures plenty of individual attention, what sets this school apart from others is it's true dedication to developing children of character and instilling a love of learning so that the children love going to school. We have seen our children develop into confident individuals who really care about their classmates.
My son is graduating after five years at the school; I have another in the 3rd grade. Very different boys, but both are thriving at PDS. The teachers love their work, and are led by a devoted, inspired headmaster. Close attention is paid to curriculum and student performance. Small classes, much individual attention. Drama, music, art and sports highly valued -- the Shakespeare plays and concerts are superb. Emphasis on character building, honesty, confidence and consideration for others. School operates on principle that children are capable of much more than is generally expected of them, and it proves its case, both in academic and artistic performance. My son got into five of the schools to which he applied for sixth grade, including our top choice.
This school is a rare find. The children are happy to go to school. The environment is nurturing. The teachers are passionate and talented. Their progressive approach to teaching is refreshing and exciting. They believe learning should be fun. Focus is on developing the child all around emphasizing character as well as academics and the arts. The headmaster is a strong, good, principled leader. He is respectful to all parents, and will not be influenced by the wealth of any one. He does not cater to any nonsense. In order to truly teach character and the values this school stands for, the headmaster and staff must lead by example. And, that is what they do. The result is the most conducive environment for learning, and a school family of parents ,students, and teachers that are down to earth, good, respectful people.
We spent two years at PDS. Our daughter was amazingly happy and confidant there. It's a cozy, small intimate environment, less than 120 families from nursery to grade 5. Loved their classic emphasis...A Midsummer's Night Dream in K! They studied Mozart, Monet, poetry etc in addition to solid science, language arts, English and reading. Spiritual component is tops; daily story or parable at assembly, vegetarian lunch and teaching a mini meditation between activities called a pause. At lunch they mix up who you sit next to daily, k next to a 4th next to a 3rd etc. Many specials like publishing parties, field day, character alive day, talent week. Gorgeous brownstone that goes with classic curriculum. Downside is huge attrition rate. In K out of 19, 9 kids left. One year only two kids left for entire 5th grade. This is due to ineptitude of Headmaster who is widely viewed as inappropriate and offensive to parents. Correlation to how rude he is versus how much wealth parents have(more $ = more insults). Linked hugely to night school , Head ingrained there so no needed ouster coming. Nicest down to Earth parents, lots of opportunity to go into classroom, input heard by teachers.wonderful
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