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.