Academics at MCS

The academic program at Manhattan Country School is comprehensive, innovative and dynamic. It relies upon rich learning environments where children are encouraged to explore their surroundings, think critically and articulate their opinions. Flexibility within a sequential curriculum allows us to meet the needs of the individual as well as the group. Teachers focus on depth of study and value the process of learning. Small groups enable students to establish close connections with teachers and one another, while time for self-reflection helps students develop a sense of self and an awareness of who they are as learners. At MCS students learn to be responsible for themselves and to their community in an atmosphere where they consistently engage in meaningful learning and social activism.

Our commitment to equality and social justice is at the center of our curriculum, which supports the values of a working democracy: interdependence, self-reliance, free inquiry and a respect for differences.

We follow a developmental approach that nurtures all parts of the child—intellectual, artistic, physical, social and emotional. Children play, explore, listen, ask questions and make meaning from their experiences. They learn to understand and respect multiple perspectives and to seek evidence and think critically before coming to conclusions.

Academic Mission

Progressive education at MCS is distinctive because of the following three elements of our mission:
  • Diverse Community: Growing up in a truly diverse community includes many people’s stories as part of each child’s experience, while fostering compassion and a strong sense of identity.
  • Social Justice and Activism: Teaching students about social justice and engaging them regularly in activism gives them the confidence and voice to be members of society who strive to effect positive change.
  • The MCS Farm: Spending nearly 17 weeks at the MCS Farm cultivates a sense of place and shared responsibility.
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