Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 40.8038° N -73.9619° W

Description

The Cathedral welcomes and fosters relationships with diverse audiences by utilizing both physical and programmatic resources to spark interactive learning that strengthens and inspires discourse and community within the City, the Nation, and the World.

Our secular education programs enhance any subject area, including visual arts, English language arts, mathematics, comparative religions, and an array of social studies topics. They also enhance 21st century skills like creativity, critical thinking, and global competency. Through inquiry, close looking, object-based learning, and hands-on activities, we provide visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities the opportunity to experience the Cathedral in exciting and stimulating ways.


Lunch Notes

We do not offer eating areas in the Cathedral itself but there are gardens around the building available, weather permitting. Our neighborhood restaurant list is available upon request. In addition, local eatery Bernheim & Schwartz can be contacted to arrange boxed lunch delivery to your bus or a nearby park.

Bathroom Notes

Public bathrooms are available within the Cathedral.

Info

1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025

+1 212-932-7347

education@stjohndivine.org

Sun
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tues
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thur
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Subjects
Medieval History, Arts, Speaking & Listening, Primary Sources, Informational Texts, Myths & Legends, Physics, Measurement & Data, Geometry, Ratios & Proportional Relationships, Patterns, Design Thinking, My Community, Social Studies, Geography, Art, Folktales, Social Justice, Writing, Cultural Connections, City Planning, History, Geology, Engineering, Technology, Literature, Math, Science, Counting
Activities
Field Trip, Virtual Field Trip, Family Programs, Performance, Professional Development, School Partnership
Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K, 1, 2, Preschool, Adult
Cost
Reduced Price For Title 1 Schools
Accommodations
Esl, Outdoor Lunch Space, Special Education Programs

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Vertical Tour

On this adventurous tour, climb more than 124 feet through spiral staircases to the
top of the world’s largest cathedral. Learn stories through stained glass windows and sculpture, and study the grand architecture
of the Cathedral while standing on a buttress. The tour culminates with a great view of Manhattan. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.4, L.5, L.6

Subjects Covered

medieval history, physics, arts, speaking & listening, primary sources

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
50 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

Architecture & Geometry Tour

Investigate the architectural styles used to build the Cathedral and explore the architectural design process and its relationship with geometry. Examine the importance of mathematical relationships that create stability and beauty throughout the building. CCSS. ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.4, L.5, L.6; CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3, MP

Subjects Covered

measurement & data, geometry, ratios & proportional relationships, patterns, design thinking

Grades
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
75 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

Shapes & Patterns Tour

Explore the geometric shapes and patterns found in the Cathedral. Investigate math in real life as you discover how shapes, numbers, and measurements influence the building of the Cathedral. Discover geometric shapes and principles within the Cathedral’s design, including the traditional cross-shaped floor plan, Romanesque and Gothic arches, and patterns in stone and glass.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy. CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.4, L.5, L.6; CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3

Subjects Covered

measurement & data, geometry, ratios & proportional relationships, patterns, speaking & listening

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, k
Capacity
75 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

Cathedrals in the Middle Ages Tour

Enter the exciting world of the Middle Ages and appreciate the historic role cathedrals played as centers of culture, worship, trade, and pilgrimage. Explore how the role of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is similar to and different from a medieval cathedral.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.3, SL.6, L.1, L.4, L.5, L.6

Subjects Covered

medieval history, social studies, geography, art, speaking & listening

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
75 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

World Religions Tour: On Common Ground

Appreciate the Cathedral as a “house of prayer for all people.” View and discuss the parallels between Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and the Vedic traditions
as they are represented in the Cathedral’s architecture and artwork. CCSS.ELA-Literacy. CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.3, SL.6, L.1, L.4, L.5, L.6

Subjects Covered

arts, informational texts, speaking & listening, primary sources, myths & legends, folktales

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
75 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

Self-Guided Tour

Do you want your students to observe, sketch or see a specific piece of art? Sign up for a self-guided tour!

Subjects Covered

medieval history, my community, arts, speaking & listening

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k, preschool
Capacity
75 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

On Common Ground Workshop

Imagine a community piece that could proudly stand in the Cathedral alongside Jewish menorahs, prayer chests from Thailand, and sculptures of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. This workshop challenges students to consider their own place as individuals and community members by creating a symbolic object that represents the community of their choice. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.3, SL.6, L.1, L.6

Subjects Covered

social justice, speaking & listening, myths & legends, writing

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
25 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

Stone Carving Workshop

Talk with Artist in Residence Chris Pellettieri about his work, and learn the variety of artistic and scientic ways in which stone is used in the Cathedral! In this two-hour experiential workshop, practice with specialized tools in stone and plaster, plan a piece of architecture, and assemble an arch. Chris will then demonstrate stone carving in a class project to take home.
Call (212) 932-7347 for rates. CCSS. ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1, R.1, R.7, SL.1, SL.2, & L.1; CCSS.Math.Practice.MP.1, MP.3

Subjects Covered

medieval history, physics, geology, arts, speaking & listening

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
25 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.

Architecture Workshop

Experience the architectural process by employing the three architectural principles: stability, function, and beauty. With the Cathedral of St. John the Divine as inspiration, use found and recycled materials to design and build a model of an original cathedral. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.6; CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3, MP.5, MP.6

Subjects Covered

geometry, patterns, physics, art, speaking & listening

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
25 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

Medieval Arts Workshop

Discover the arts of the Middle Ages and of cathedral building. Carve a block of limestone; create an illuminated letter; sculpt a clay gargoyle; weave on a loom; make a brass rubbing; and design a stained glass collage. CCSS.ELA-Literacy. CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.2, L.6

Subjects Covered

medieval history, arts

Grades
k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
25 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

Mix and Match a Tour and Workshop!

We're happy to adapt programming to the needs and interests of each group. Please contact us to mix and match tours and workshops that best support what your students are learning.

Subjects Covered

math, medieval history, science, arts, speaking & listening

Grades
k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
50 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
120 min.

Geometry Arts Workshop

Merge shape and line to master the art of geometry. Employ drafting tools to devise
a model elevation of a cathedral; create symmetrical patterns through stained glass and mosaic collages; design rose windows
or Celtic knots; and form an original origami peacock or church. Activities vary by age group. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.6, L.1, L.6; CCSS.Math.Practice.MP.5, MP.6

Subjects Covered

counting, geometry, patterns, arts

Grades
k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
25 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

Virtual Field Trip