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Frequently Asked QuestionsThe following are common questions prospective families have about Manhattan Country School's application process. If you have additional questions, please contact our Director of Admissions Mònica Amaro at or (212) 348-0952 x224.

How old must my child be to apply to MCS?

Children must be four by September 1, 2018 to be considered for the 4-5s classroom.

Children must be five by September 1, 2018 to be considered for the 5-6s classroom.

When will I know of the admissions decision?

As a member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), we adhere to their notification deadlines.


ISAAGNY Notification Dates

Early Legacy Optional Notification Dates

Please note that schools cannot require parents to opt for the Early Notification program before December 1.

School reports for Early Decision consideration must be completed by sending schools and submitted to receiving schools by December 5.

ISAAGNY Legacy Dates

Are there special considerations for admissions?

Yes, sibling, legacy and staff applications are given special consideration but are not automatically accepted.

Does my child need to take a test as part of the application process?

There are testing requirements for certain aged children. The Educational Records Bureau Test is only required for applicants entering 7-8s (second grade) through eighth grade. For younger children, the ERB is not required. If your child does take the ERB, results should not be sent to Manhattan Country School.

Parents and guardians of children entering second through eighth grade should make arrangements to take the appropriate grade-level test by calling ERB at (212) 672-9800 or visiting

ISAAGNY and ERB have joined together to provide financial assistance for ERB admissions testing fees for families applying for the 2018-2019 academic year with demonstrated need. The fee waiver will cover only a portion of the test and is only applicable for the ECAA for grades second through fourth and for the Independent School Entrance Exam for grades fifth and up. To discuss the possibility of receiving a testing fee waiver, please contact the MCS Admissions Office at (212) 348-0952.

How is each child’s tuition calculated?

Manhattan Country School’s commitment to diversity rests firmly upon a unique and remarkable tuition system. Our Family Financial Worksheet, which determines a student’s tuition, derives from the principle that a family’s financial commitment should be in equitable proportion to their financial resources. We believe that all families are part of a community jointly engaged in the education of their children. Thus, our tuition policy seeks to eliminate the categories of “financial aid,” “scholarship” and “full-tuition” families.

To determine one’s tuition, families submit a confidential Family Financial Worksheet (FFW) to the director each year. Student fees are then set on a sliding scale.

The Family Financial Worksheet provides the basis for determining a family’s tuition contract. All families complete one when applying to the school and annually thereafter. The Family Financial Commitment Plan is at the core of our commitment to economic diversity. It replaces set tuition,scholarships and financial aid with a contracted fee calculated for each family on a sliding scale in equitable proportion to the family’s financial resources. 

What is tuition for the 2018-2019 school year?
Child’s Age/Grade (as of 9/01/2018) Maximum Tuition*
4-5s to 9-10s $45,400
Fifth to Eighth Grade $47,600

Included in the annual tuition are the following:

  • Books and classroom materials
  • Daily morning snack
  • Lunch Monday through Thursday
  • Field trip transportation and expenses
  • Access to laptops, iPads, SMART boards during the school day
  • Early drop-off coverage between 8:00 a.m.– 8:30 a.m.
  • Farm trip meals, lodging and activities for children in the 7-8s through 8th grade
*These figures apply to the 2018-2019 school year and are likely to increase in subsequent years.