Academics at MCS

Manhattan Country School (MCS) has a dynamic and progressive academic program that prepares students to become confident and self-reflective leaders who can work both independently and collaboratively. Our purposeful, experiential approach to learning is evident throughout the MCS experience. From running science investigations in Central Park and working with varied materials in shop classes to critically examining data in math and participating in annual trips to our farm in the Catskills, students at MCS engage with their learning in meaningful ways.

Social justice resides at the core of the curriculum. In every subject, teachers find intentional and creative ways to integrate the values of a working democracy, including interdependence, allyship, free inquiry, and a respect for differences. As a foundation, the essential knowledge and skills that we focus on at MCS prepare students to develop an understanding of their place in our constantly changing world. Our vision is that children will be able to challenge injustice, ask questions, and actively participate in their society.

Students graduate from MCS transformed by their academic education and social experiences. MCS provides a safe environment for students to understand their multifaceted identities and learn to embrace their voice.

Academic Mission

  • The Lower School includes pre-K through fourth grade in mixed-age classrooms that allow for maximum flexibility to meet individual developmental needs. The program in the Lower School emphasizes active participation in interdisciplinary, meaningful learning. 
  • The Upper School (grades 5-8) incorporates the school’s mission of engagement and social justice within a unique academic curriculum. The program is departmentalized and taught by specialists for each subject.
  • Manhattan Country School students gain admission to highly-selective, best-fit high schools, very often their first choice selections. Our alumni attend a variety of schools throughout the New York City area, including public, Specialized, Catholic, independent day schools, and independent boarding schools. 
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