Together We Have Raised
New York City schools remain some of the most segregated in the nation, yet Manhattan Country School stands as a model of purposeful integration. From pre-K to eighth grade, students at MCS learn in a multicultural, socioeconomically diverse community, where they are taught to discover themselves and to value diverse perspectives.
Research shows that children in racially and economically mixed classes perform better academically and develop stronger critical thinking and problem-solving skills on average than children in homogenous classrooms. What’s more, exposure to diversity increases cross-racial knowledge, understanding and empathy; better prepares students for employment in the global economy; and increases engagement in political issues and participation in the democratic process.
Purposeful diversity in our student enrollment and staff is part of our founding mission and vision. It’s what makes our school an important model for education that is inclusive of families from all backgrounds. In recognition of the compelling need for school diversity, we have launched Expanding Purpose: The Campaign for the Future of Manhattan Country School to ensure that families from all walks of life continue to benefit from a learning community that is diverse in so many ways.
A Comprehensive Campaign
Expanding Purpose is a comprehensive campaign that includes:
- An intensive, multi-year fundraising effort to secure gifts and pledges to help complete building construction at 150 West 85th Street, expand the existing farm program, increase compensation for MCS faculty and staff and sustain the sliding-scale tuition program that underwrites our socioeconomic diversity.
- The MCS Fund, which supports unrestricted operating expenses and is critical to helping us meet our annual budget. Upon receipt, contributions to The MCS Fund are used immediately to meet our most pressing needs and operational expenses.
Through the Expanding Purpose, we will:
Activists and critical thinkers
Our student body
Maintaining sliding-scale tuition will allow us to continue to offer a progressive academic experience to families from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
Phase two and three of building renovations will make space for our expanding enrollment and include a state-of-the-art science lab, rooftop farm, art studio and more.
As we double our enrollment from 200 to 400 students, we will expand our farm program in the Catskill Mountains.
Toward the effort to continue to attract and retain the highest-quality faculty and staff, we are committed to increasing salaries.
Interested in making a gift to the Expanding Purpose campaign?