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Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church Day School

921 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021

(212) 288-9638


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

"The MAPC Day School is a learning environment that respects and nurtures the different gifts and learning styles each child brings to the group. The children's interests are an integral part of curriculum planning. Active, expressive, child-centered learning experiences are emphasized. Recognizing that play is the work of children, manipulative materials such as sand, water, clay, paint and blocks are provided. Explorations with concrete materials encourage children to think, to plan, to re-create and thereby to make sense of the world. Professionally qualified teachers develop programs rich in language, reading and math to encourage a love of learning, curiosity, creativity, self confidence and independence in each child. As part of our Presbyterian heritage, Christian holidays are celebrated at school. The sharing of other religious traditions both reflects the diversity of our families and is a model for the respectful comparison of differing practices. The school's classrooms, library (please see A Dynamic Library in the Day School), movement and music room, and enclosed, all-weather roofed play area are located in the Parish House." (SOURCE:

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (MAPC) Day School was founded as an extension of the church's mission and community outreach. It continues to be an integral part of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, serving families within and beyond the Church's membership. The MAPC Day School provides a developmentally appropriate nursery-kindergarten program designed to enhance each individual child's spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. The school seeks to provide its educational opportunities to an ethnically and economically diverse community." (SOURCE:

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school