"We Chose Caedmon because it embodied all we were looking for in a school for our children. Specifically, we were impressed by the academic rigor, as well as the focus on diversity - both cultural and economic. It was clear from the start that diversity wasn't something that was just talked about in a brochure, but diversity was woven into every part of the curriculum. Raising children in New York City for us meant that we needed to find a school that "looked " like New York City."
"On the school tour, we met two fabulous 5th grade students who showed us around. They were polite, poised and well-spoken, but yet they were still clearly children, not young teen-agers. This is how we wanted our own child to be at the end of elementary school. We understood then that sending our children to a true elementary school was really important, because it would allow them to grow without the daily pressure to keep up with the middle-schoolers."
"We are happy with Caedmon because our children absolutely love going to school! The teachers and the administrative staff, even the nurses, create an environment that is loving, warm, and fun for our children. Our children view Caemon as a home away from home."
A Cherokee proverb wisely states, "Children are our hearts on the outside of our body." The school thanks you for entrusting us with your hearts each day. As a school, our highest priority is to adhere to the highest academic standards and to make each child and family feel safe, nurtured, confident, successful, and happy.
During the admissions process, a family in New York City has many exciting options of schools to consider. Since all schools have distinct missions and cultures, each family’s goal is to identify the program with the values and philosophies that are most in line with its own.
The grade structure of our school is one distinguishing factor - we are an elementary school where children spend their formative childhood years and graduate after the fifth grade. As a school within a fast-paced, sophisticated city, Caedmon students have the luxury of growing up in an educational environment where they are surrounded by other children – the oldest students, our “seniors”, are in the fifth grade. In this setting faculty and staff focus entirely on the childhood phases of development, and children remain less influenced by the middle and high school students.
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It is interesting to note that the majority of students who attend Kindergarten in a school that continues through the 12th grade do not often graduate from that school. Typically, only a very small percentage of a high school graduating class actually began in Kindergarten at that school. Children change and have different academic and social needs as they mature. A school that is a perfect fit for nursery or Kindergarten may not be right for them in middle school.
Caedmon students are exposed to a range of stimulating and challenging subject areas. In addition to language arts, mathematics, and social studies, the curriculum offers specialist classes in music (including group violin lessons for Kindergarten through third grade), art, science, physical education and yoga, computers (for Elementary students only), library, Spanish, and Latin (for third through fifth grades). The school’s program emphasizes social development and community building, both among the students and their families. We strive to provide each child with a warm, safe, and joyful environment in which to learn. Therefore, our faculty and staff are trained in Responsive Classroom, a program designed to create positive communities within the classroom and throughout the school.
Every classroom is spacious and has several large windows and high ceilings, which provides children with a bright, cheerful learning environment. Our four-story building facilities include: an art studio, lunchroom, state of the art science lab, music room, library, gymnasium, newly renovated, private outdoor playground, meeting space for our family association, SMART Boards in all Elementary classrooms, iPads, and two laptop carts housing Macintosh computers. Caedmon has developed a partnership with the nearby Asphalt Green, an athletic facility with playing fields and gymnasiums, in order to fully develop our children’s athletic abilities.