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What's the Real Value of Diversity?

Manhattan Country School students are part of a community that has no racial majority and broad socioeconomic diversity. It is a place where they learn to value people from different backgrounds and with a variety of life experiences.

More than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, New York City schools remain some of the most segregated in the nation while Manhattan Country School continues to stand as a model of purposeful integration. Research now proves what MCS founders Gus and Marty Trowbridge knew when they started the school in 1966: children perform better academically in diverse classes. What’s more, diverse classrooms reduce prejudices and social isolation by race and class and promote cross-cultural relationships that have long-term advantages.

Manhattan Country School’s rich diversity is fostered by a sliding-scale tuition program that goes beyond the notion of financial aid to ensure that a family’s financial commitment is equal to its financial resources. From the outset, this model intentionally relied on generous philanthropic support to fill the gap between what families pay and what running the school costs. That need continues today.  

Your contribution to The MCS Fund ensures that we are able to continue our mission of educating students in an equitable community that reflects our diverse, multicultural world.


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