Park Avenue Methodist Day School (PAMDS) is deeply dedicated to the happiness and growth of the individual child. It values and fosters social and emotional development to the same degree that it offers a creative and intellectually stimulating program.
The School has been serving families in New York since 1954 from its bright, clean, safe location in the Yorkville section of Manhattan. Its student population is kept to a modest 80, split between the morning or afternoon sections. The students are also grouped by age, with the younger group aged 3 and 4 and the older group aged 4 and 5. Its staff includes three teachers for each group.
As a pre-school, PAMDS values children's natural curiosity and fosters an enduring enthusiasm for learning. In an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect, children are encouraged to develop independence, confidence and imagination. Respect for the individuality of each child and for human differences is fundamental to PAMDS's tradition and philosophy.
A child's preschool years comprise a time for intellectual, social and emotional growth. Children learn to make new kinds of connections to friends, to friends' families, to teachers and, in vastly enriched ways, to their own parents and siblings. The warmer and closer the connections, the more rewarding the experience or growing through these years.
The core values the Park Avenue Methodist Day School community holds sacrosanct are instilled in the children from the moment they enter the School. Respect for individual differences, the value of play, and creative ideas are highly valued and modeled by all members of the school community.
The impact of Park Avenue Methodist Day School on its children is substantial and long-lasting. We give our students a superior educational and social foundation that enables them to gain more from kindergarten and subsequent schooling and, indeed, to develop a set of valuable interests and attitudes that will serve them for their entire lives.