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Admissions Process

The admissions team at Manhattan Country School will work with every family to guide them through each step of the admissions process. Please review the application requirements and procedures below.

Age Requirements

  • Children must be four by September 1, 2019 to be considered for the 4-5s classroom for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Children must be five by September 1, 2019 to be considered for the 5-6s classroom for the 2019-2020 school year.

Applications are now closed for children ages 4, 5 and 6. Applications for 7-8s through seventh grade are accepted on a rolling basis. There is a non-refundable $75 application fee. We invite you to tour in the Spring for families thinking about the 2020-2021 school year.

Step 1: Schedule a Visit

Sign up for an upcoming Tour. Tours begin at 9:15 and last until approximately 10:30.

Step 2: Submit an Application

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now closed for children who will be 4, 5, and 6 as of September 1, 2019. If you have an older applicant, please call the admissions office at 212-348-0952 ext. 224 to inquire about the process.  Applicants for older classes are processed on a rolling basis and depend on attrition.


Step 3: Attend a Playgroup Session or Interview

4-, 5- and 6-Year-Olds

We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to ensure a playgroup session for your child. Playgroups will be scheduled throughout the fall and for our youngest applicants into early January. Adults will meet together informally with a member of the administration while their children are engaged in a small playgroup with members of the admissions committee. Only one adult is required to attend.

7-8s (Second Grade) Through Seventh Grade

Applications for 7-8s through seventh grade are accepted on a rolling basis and interviews for available spaces are determined by attrition in these classes. Please call Mónica Amaro, Director of Admissions, at (212) 348-0952 x224 if you have specific questions regarding your child’s class placement or the application process.

Step 4: Request a School Report

If your child is in a school setting (nursery, preschool, daycare, co-op, etc.) please speak to your child’s current school director about submitting a confidential school report. These forms are due January 8th, 2019 for 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds as of September 1st, 2019.

ISAAGNY School Report for Children who are 3 and 4 years old

ISAAGNY School Report for Children Applying to Kindergarten and Grade 1

ISAAGNY School Reports for Children Applying to Grades 2 through 5

ISAAGNY Recommendation Form for 6th Grade Applicants

Step 5: Complete the Family Financial Worksheet

To determine a child’s tuition, families submit a confidential Family Financial Worksheet (FFW) to MCS’ director each year. A child’s contracted fee is determined on our sliding scale. The FFW will allow you to know what your contracted fee is to enroll your child at MCS. Twenty-five percent of the contracted fee is due shortly after acceptance. Families can choose between a three-payment installment plan or 12-month payment plan.

Please scan and e-mail it to us at: If you prefer, you are welcome to mail the form to us instead.

Contact our office at or 212-348-0952 ext 224 with any questions regarding MCS tuition or the FFW.

Download the FFW

Step 6: Take the Educational Records Bureau Test (For students applying for second grade and above.)

Students applying to the 7-8s (second grade), 8-9s (third grade) or 9-10s (fourth grade) may be required to take the Early Childhood Admissions Assessment (ECAA). The Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE) is for students applying to the fifth through seventh grades. Visit the Testing Requirements page for additional information.