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 standard 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. As a school, our highest priority is to make each child and family feel safe, nurtured, confident, successful, and happy.
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 with an outdoor patio, lunchroom, state of the art science lab, music room, library, gymnasium, newly renovated, private outdoor playground, meeting space for our family association, nursery for children of faculty and staff, SMART Boards in all Elementary classrooms, and two laptop carts housing Macintosh computers. Our licensed nursery contributes to the school’s nearly 100% faculty and staff retention rate. Caedmon has developed a partnership with the nearby Asphalt Green, a major athletic facility with playing fields and gymnasiums, in order to fully develop our children’s athletic abilities.