The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine (New York City)

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The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine
Cathedral School Shield.png
1047 Amsterdam Ave
New York 10025 - 1702

United States
Coordinates40°48′14″N 73°57′46″W / 40.80389°N 73.96278°W / 40.80389; -73.96278
School typePrivate
Religious affiliation(s)Episcopal
Head of schoolMarsha Nelson
Student to teacher ratio6:1
Campus size13 acres on the campus of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Color(s)Blue and White
Front of the School

The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine is an independent, Episcopal, K-8 day school for girls and boys of all faiths located on New York City’s Upper West Side. Founded in 1901, it is located on the 13-acre campus of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and has an enrollment of 300 students. The School is divided into a Lower School (Grades K-4) and an Upper School (Grades 5-8). The School is committed to a rigorous academic program that integrates the arts, athletics, and leadership development.

Facts and figures[edit]

  • 300 students
  • 6:1 student to teacher ratio
  • 78% of faculty members have advanced degrees
  • 13 acres of academic buildings, gardens, and green space
  • 2 on-campus playgrounds
  • 2 on-campus gyms
  • 33 Upper School Electives, Clubs and Affinity Groups
  • 18 interscholastic sports teams
  • 3 on-campus peacocks


The Cathedral School’s Lower School includes kindergarten through 4th grade, with two homeroom classes in each grade level. Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes have two homeroom teachers, a head teacher and an associate teacher. Homeroom teachers develop and implement Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies curricula and are responsible for their homeroom class throughout the day. Specialists in each area teach science, art, music, library, and physical education. Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade study Spanish. Students in the 4th grade take one semester of French and one semester of Spanish, and then choose one language to study in Upper School.

Cathedral School Upper School students take classes in English, math, science, social studies, world languages (Spanish or French), art, music and physical education. Latin is mandatory beginning in the sixth grade. Students also learn coding, digital citizenship and online research skills through the dedicated technology curriculum.

Across all grades and disciplines, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art,and Math) is an organic part of the daily academic curriculum at The Cathedral School. Using the National Science Standards as a guide, Lower School students develop STEAM skills through collaborative learning. In the Upper School, they use those skills as a framework to explore increasingly complex, high-level projects.[1]


The Cathedral School offers many sports through the fall, winter, and spring. Interscholastic sports include volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, track and field, tennis, softball, and baseball. More than 90% of Upper School students participate in at least one interscholastic sport per school year.

High school and college matriculation[edit]

Cathedral School graduates attend the most selective independent day and boarding, public, and parochial schools in the nation, and they go on to the world’s top colleges and universities. Members of the classes of 2014–2017 currently attend the following schools, among others:

  • The Brearley School
  • The Bronx High School of Science
  • The Chapin School
  • Choate Rosemary School
  • Collegiate School
  • The Dalton School
  • Ethical Culture Fieldston School
  • Groton School
  • Horace Mann School
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Packer Collegiate School
  • Riverdale Country School
  • The Spence School
  • Trinity School
  • St. Andrews Academy

Members of The Cathedral School's Classes of 2010–2013 can now be found at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown, UPenn, Cornell, Amherst, Williams, Georgetown, Middlebury, Oberlin, Haverford, Wesleyan, Bowdoin, McGill, and the University of Chicago, among many other schools.[2]


Three peacocks, which were first donated by the Bronx Zoo in the 1980s, live on the grounds of The Cathedral School.[3]

The school hosts an annual Spring Fair that welcomes the greater New York City community.[4][5][6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Affiliated organizations[edit]


  1. ^ "The Cathedral School Of St. John the Divine". National Association of Independent Schools. n.d. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
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  3. ^ Barron, James (February 3, 2012). "On Godly Grounds, a Prideful Flock". New York Times City Room Blogs. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "Cathedral School Annual Spring Fair". Mary Poppins for Kids. May 5, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  5. ^ "SATURDAY 5/18: UWS Cathedral School Of St. John The Divine Spring Fair". Upper West Side (newspaper). May 17, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Cathedral School of St. John the Divine Spring Fair". Time Out New York. May 15, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  7. ^ "GARY, JOHN". Texas State Historical Association website. n.d. Retrieved June 18, 2013.

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