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National School Walkout

Enough Is Enough: MCS Students Walk Out, Speak Out For a More Peaceful World

Date: 03/15/2018
“We call BS! We call BS!” Chanting these words inspired by a line from a gun-control speech by Parkland shooting survivor Emma González, Manhattan Country School’s Upper School students walked out of school Wednesday morning. The demonstration, spearheaded by the MCS Student Council, was part of the National School Walkout, which marked the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory... Read more

MCS Announces Addition to 2018 Living the Dream Mentor Award Honoree Roster

Date: 03/01/2018
Manhattan Country School has added basketball player and activist Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir to its 2018 Living the Dream Mentor Award honoree line up. Bilqis will join Harris Friess ’98 and Lyle Friess ’00, co-executive directors of Brooklyn Youth Sports Club, and Jermaine Lloyd, founder of Back 2 Basics Academy, at Big Night Out!, Saturday, April 28, 2018, to receive the award. Bilqis is the all-... Read more
Michele Sola, MCS Director

MCS Director Signs Open Letter Against Gun Violence

Date: 02/26/2018
Manhattan Country School Director Michèle Solá is among the 150-plus heads of independent schools in New York City and across New York State who have signed an open letter to the president and the country’s lawmakers against gun violence. The letter, which appeared in the February 25, 2018 issue of The New York Times calls for “thoughtful and forceful legislation” to make schools safer. The text... Read more
MCS Community Basketball Game

2018 Community Basketball Game Close to the Very End

Date: 02/17/2018
Manhattan Country School students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni gathered at the 92nd Street Y on Friday, February 16, 2018, for the annual Community Basketball Game. It was an exciting game, with the red and gray teams pretty evenly matched for the majority of the competition. In the final minute of the game, the teams were tied 54-54. With 3 seconds on the clock the red team knocked out... Read more

MCS Participates in Black Lives Matter Week of Action

Date: 02/17/2018
At Manhattan Country School lessons about black history and culture are integrated into the curriculum, there are many black teachers, and teachers and administrators don’t take a zero-tolerance approach when dealing with conflict or disciplinary issues. In many schools across the country, especially inner-city public schools with a predominantly black student population, this isn’t the case... Read more
2018 MCS Alumni Panel

Alumni Talk About Life After MCS

Date: 02/15/2018
What happens after students leave Manhattan Country School? And how well prepared are they? Current and recently accepted MCS families got the answers to these questions and more at Tuesday evening’s panel discussion: Oh, The Places You’ll Go: Alumni Talk About Life After MCS.   The panel featured: Viviana Benitez ’94, associate producer at Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, parent of a 4... Read more
2018 Big Night Out!

MCS Announces 2018 Living the Dream Mentor Award Honorees

Date: 02/15/2018
Each year, Manhattan Country School honors excellence and leadership in progressive education, arts and sciences, social and environmental justice, and community activism with its Living the Dream Mentor Award. This year, we honor three individuals who exemplify MCS’ vision and mission by promoting social justice through sports. Harris Friess ’98 and Lyle Friess ’00, Co-Executive Directors,... Read more
Perspectives Q&A

BLM Week of Action Event Offers Multiple Perspectives on Dance as a Vehicle for Social Change

Date: 02/09/2018
"I dance not to entertain but to help people better understand each other. Because through dance I have experienced the wordless joy of freedom, I seek it more fully now for my people and for all people everywhere.” This quote, from dancer, choreographer and anthropologist Pearl Primus, set the stage for a thought-provoking discussion about the intersection of dance and social justice at... Read more
Climage Change Activism Project

MCS Students React to NYC's Plan to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Date: 01/19/2018
Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer announced that they plan to divest the city’s five pension funds of approximately $5 billion from fossil fuel investments. It was news that resonated with Manhattan Country School’s eighth-graders, who dedicated a considerable amount of time last school year to raising awareness about this topic. The seventh- and... Read more
2018 MLK March

MCS Eighth-Graders Honor King's Legacy With a New Revolution

Date: 01/17/2018
On Monday, January 15, 2018, hundreds of people from Manhattan Country School and the broader New York City community assembled at the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument to kick off the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March. The annual event, now in its 30th year, is organized by the school’s eighth-graders and illustrates one of the many ways MCS celebrates the man and the ideals that... Read more