WELCOME TO PARK AVENUE METHODIST DAY SCHOOL!
THE HOME OF PLAYFUL INQUIRY
“Play is the highest form of research.”
Founded in 1954, many families across the city are well acquainted with our secular school. When the school was established, our play-based pedagogic model was virtually the only form of early childhood education. While other educational approaches have been introduced or developed since then, we continue to hold play at our core. PAMDS is the home of ‘Playful Inquiry’. Through constructive and meaningful play experiences and ‘Cycles of Inquiry’, children not only learn what they need to know, but also acquire the skills that they need to be successful learners and citizens beyond preschool.
Park Avenue Methodist Day School is a secular program that embraces play as the work of childhood through Playful Inquiry. While engaging in meaningful play experiences, children explore, problem solve, and build emotional awareness. They are at the center of their learning. In this inclusive community, our purpose is for children to become compassionate change makers and lifelong learners with the confidence to pursue their passions.
Park Avenue Methodist Day School, like all schools in New York City, closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With permission from city and state governments, PAMDS reopened in September 2020. We are following all guidelines set forth by the Department of Health and suggestions from the CDC to maintain the health and safety of our community.