Mission & Core Values

Mission Statement

The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine is an independent, Episcopal, K-8 day school for girls and boys of all faiths. The School is committed to a rigorous academic program that integrates the arts, athletics, and leadership development. Located on New York City’s Upper West Side on the 13-acre Close of the Cathedral, the School offers a unique setting for the celebration of the many traditions shared by its families. The School prides itself on being a diverse community in partnership with families who take an active role in their children’s intellectual, ethical, social, and emotional growth. The Cathedral School offers a stimulating environment in which each child can become an articulate, confident, and responsible citizen of the world. Continuing a century-old relationship, the School draws upon the Cathedral’s vast resources and provides its children’s choir.

Amended by the Board of Trustees, May 23, 2005

Diversity Statement

As educators, we must instruct and empower children to challenge assumptions and ask questions in order to become responsible citizens in a diverse world. At The Cathedral School, we believe that the recognition and appreciation of differences in race, socioeconomic status, cultural or religious tradition, age, gender, ability, and sexual orientation enhance the individual's sense of identity and broaden respect for others. Through curriculum and informal school experiences, children at The Cathedral School come to understand the inherent value of all people.

The Cathedral School is committed to the following:
  • Multicultural curricula and programs that support underrepresented voices, and thus enhance the experience of all students
  • Admission and hiring efforts to further diversity
  • A school culture that fosters respect for all individuals and enables community members to question biases and express opinions
  • Continual review of diversity issues among all members of the school community through ongoing meetings, discussions, and professional development

Written by the Diversity Advisory Council
Approved by the Board of Trustees, January 24, 2006

Core Values

List of 7 items.

  • Cooperation

    Cooperation means working together for a common purpose. Students cooperate when they support one another and share responsibility for the care of the Cathedral community and the school environment. Cooperation is essential in establishing an atmosphere where community members get along with one another in order to learn, create and grow.
  • Courage

    Courage is the ability and willingness to face challenges without retreating. At Cathedral we encourage each student to develop the mental, moral, and spiritual strength needed to act confidently, take risks, and advocate for self and others.
  • Integrity

    At Cathedral we are committed to acting with integrity and empowering others to do so. To act with integrity is to conduct ourselves with decency, sincerity, and honor. In this way we hope to foster a community that upholds the dignity of each of its members.
  • Kindness

    Kindness is making a conscious effort to be friendly, generous, and compassionate.  Being kind requires being considerate in our actions, mindful of our words and courteous in our tone of voice.  Kindness challenges us to take care of ourselves, so that we can be our best and treat others the way they want to be treated.
  • Passion for Learning

    Passion for learning means constantly striving to better understand ourselves and the world.  It inspires active and ongoing inquiry, dialogue, and critical thought. As Cathedral students we are determined to pursue our interests and talents while exploring things that are challenging for us in order to grow. We recognize that understanding the experiences of others helps us to grow/mature as individuals and as members of a socially just community.
  • Respect

    Respect is the cornerstone of sound citizenship. It requires true acceptance, especially when the ideas of others do not align with our own. It necessitates the care and the support of our community, our environment, each other, and ourselves. Respect builds healthy and productive citizens of the Cathedral community and the world.
  • Responsibility

    Responsibility affects us as individuals and extends to the entire Cathedral community. To demonstrate personal responsibility is to take ownership of our actions, to make good academic choices, to be socially prudent, to exhibit good sportsmanship, to know what is expected of us, and to strive continually for excellence.
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