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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/29/12
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
... Read more and arrogant to parents. Teachers there are the saving grace of the school. Overall, a good public school may have more to offer. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/16/12
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/30/12
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
... Read more (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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/04/12
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,
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/04/12
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/15/12
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
... Read more of the school. More people should know about this wonderful little place. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/13/12
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/13/12
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
... Read more learning so that the children love going to school. We have seen our children develop into confident individuals who really care about their classmates. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/13/12
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
... Read more 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. Read less
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New York schools — Philosophy Day School is located at 12 E 79th St, New York NY 10075. 12 E 79th St is in the 10075 ZIP code in New York, NY Philosophy Day School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 5.
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