This school is a truly wonderful option for parents seeking a warm and nurturing learning environment for their children on the upper east side. Class sizes are small and there is a lot of individual attention given to each student. Caring and dedicated teachers help children achieve their own personal best every day. Established in 1949, the school has a long history of teaching the classics. Through Socratic seminars, effective written and oral communication, and collaboration, students develop critical thinking strategies that prepare them for high school, college and the world beyond school.
The school has a new administration since last summer ( 2014) and things have changed dramatically. I highly doubt that the review written on 6/24/2015 was written in good faith. The summer camp at the school was a great success and every class had a small number of children. It is unclear to me what the "community member" was referring to. He talks about Friday, June 28th but actually June 28th 2015 was a Sunday! This is a great private school which provides excellent education. On the school website you can find the list with the high schools that accepted the students for the last few years and you can see for yourself that academically they all excel!
This School has issues has been struggling to correct. Things you should know before you spend your money here. This is from two teachers with more than 20 years of experience about the school. It was published in a local paper in response to an interview on the subject of the lost child at the school.
On Friday, June 28th we accompanied at the St Catherine’s park 22 children, of which 14 were from 3 to 7 years old, 2 were 16 years old and the other 4 children were 11 and 12.
It should be noted that on June 28th and the previous 13 days of summer program, the number of children was similar or exceeded up to 26. The office was always aware of our trips and actions.
As it is well known, summer programs, among others, include field trips. We were not given any financial resources and means (e.g. school bus) for their implementation. To create a suitable program for our children, both educational and entertaining, we run trips to museums and parks paying all costs with our own money.
The question therefore is why we agreed to run the program under these circumstances. To understand our decision one must take account of the following: The school year 2012-2013 the executive board citing financial difficulties, made budget cuts in useful teaching tools, such as supplies, and staff (teachers that resigned were not replaced).
Also we were told that our health insurance will not be paid in full by them the next school year without even clarifying the amount that the teachers will pay. The reason that we decided to continue working under these unpleasant conditions is because we wanted to support the school during these difficult circumstances.
My son is in his second year at The Cathedral School and he loves it. He feels loved by his early childhood teachers and feels comfortable in the classroom and at the school as a whole. The Nursery and Pre-K teachers are phenomenal, bright, enthusiastic, and nurturing. Teachers always offer time to talk about concerns. I never feel like I'm being blown-off, and I have experienced the NYC public school system so I know what that feels like! The after school program is also excellent offering a wide variety of courses taught by the same great teachers. This is a small, private, community based school where the children feel loved and comfortable. Parents can get as involved as they choose without pressure. I look forward to watching my child grow at the school in the upcoming years.
We have been at The Cathedral School since kindergarten and now in the fourth grade. The entire school, including our daughter has such wonderful self-esteem and feels very comfortable on stage, in class, and in discussions with her teachers and other adults. I believe this self-esteem is due to the attention and sincere involvement that the teachers provide. The Cathedral School provides a classic education. One that will belong to the student throughout their education. I don't too often hear a 4th grader speak about reading the Illiad, but they do at TCS. There is a very interested a strong parent body. True there is a change in administration, which is to support the mission of the school. This occurs at any school or organization, over time. It is a healthy change. The physical facility of the school can use some sprucing up; however, the academics are why we are there and our daughter gets the same experiences here, with the more antiquated physical building that she would get at any other private school. She LOVES to go to school. In what other school would you receive immediate feedback from your teacher on whatever concern that you might have?
This is a great school. My oldest has attended for 4 years and my youngest for 3. The school community is very grounded and unpretentious. The focus is on the kids' education. My children have been very happy. I am thrilled to see the school deal head on with the management issues. The board and the PA have had open communication with the parents and all the changes they are making have been well thought out. We feel lucky to be a part of this community.
My daughter has attended the Cathedral School for eight years. In that time she has had exceptional teachers that have guided her both academically and socially. She has completed a year of high school algebra. She has analyzed the great themes and challenges of the human experience through literature (from Homer and Sophocles to Twain, Hemingway and Orwell) and world history. She has studied the principal concepts and methodologies of biology, geology and the physical sciences as well as the mythological traditions of the Greek, Norse and Native American Cultures. She departs for high school happy, engaged and grounded in the values of a classical education. I could not ask for more.
An amazing school with so much to offer. It is our third year there and so far our son and we all as a family have been very happy. We have no Greek ties, still feel totally as a part of the community. When a Greek TV was in school our son was sent to represent his class. Really good teachers, who recognize needs of each kid. Great curriculum and willingness to make it even better. Since a new Board was appointed, they managed to establish really good and transparent communication with the parents. PA working hard to include as many parents as possible.
My daughter has been at the school for 3 years and my son for 2 years. They love it and are very happy. The teachers are dedicated and nurturing. There have been changes in the school board and they are in the process of hiring a new head of school. The process has been very transparent and the new board's goals are consistent with industry standards of excellence. We believe the school administration is only getting better and moving in the right direction. There are currently over 160 children at the school and the classes are small and nurturing. Both of my children jump out of bed in the morning and can't wsit to get to school. Both will tell you they love Cathedral and more importantly that they love to learn!g
My Son has been at this school going on 3 years and he loves it. My husband and I are very happy with the education he is receiving. He was tested and placed in G&T and we had to make the decision about where to send him. We came to the conclusion that our sons was doing so well because of the teachers at the school, so why change what is working. It is a small gem of a private school on the UES. The school is going under some changes to update the image that school is just a Greek School. In my sons class alone there are 9 countries just in this one grade, from Korea to SA and lots in between. We are very happy with our decision to send our son here. If you look hard enough at the private school in NYC, there can always be something to pick at, Dalton has had kids jump from windows, Horace Mann had major problem with relationships between a teacher and students last year, and it is my fear that the post below is from an employee who has been let go and not a parent, which is rather sad and what happens when you have post where you don't have to leave your name.