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Frequently Asked QuestionsThe following are common questions prospective families have about Manhattan Country School's application process. If you have additional questions, please contact our Director of Admissions and Enrollment, Tanya Espy-Disparti.

How old must my child be to apply to MCS?

Children must be four by September 1, 2020 to be considered for the 4-5s classroom.

Children must be five by September 1, 2020 to be considered for the 5-6s classroom.

When will I know of the admissions decision?

As a member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), we adhere to their notification deadlines.


Early Legacy Optional Notification Dates

Please note that schools cannot require parents to opt for the Early Notification program before December 1.

School reports for Early Decision consideration must be completed by sending schools and submitted to receiving schools by December 3.


Are there special considerations for admissions?

Yes, sibling, legacy and staff applications are given special consideration but are not automatically accepted.

Does my child need to take a test as part of the application process?

There are testing requirements for children applying to the Upper School (Fifth through Eighth Grade). There are no testing requirements for those applying to the Lower School (4-5s through 9-10s).

How is each child’s tuition calculated?

Manhattan Country School’s commitment to diversity rests firmly upon a unique and remarkable tuition system. Our Family Financial Worksheet, which determines a student’s tuition, derives from the principle that a family’s financial commitment should be in equitable proportion to their financial resources. We believe that all families are part of a community jointly engaged in the education of their children. Thus, our tuition policy seeks to eliminate the categories of “financial aid,” “scholarship” and “full-tuition” families.

To determine one’s tuition, families submit a confidential Family Financial Worksheet (FFW) to the director each year. Student fees are then set on a sliding scale.

The Family Financial Worksheet provides the basis for determining a family’s tuition contract. All families complete one when applying to the school and annually thereafter. The Family Financial Commitment Plan is at the core of our commitment to economic diversity. It replaces set tuition,scholarships and financial aid with a contracted fee calculated for each family on a sliding scale in equitable proportion to the family’s financial resources. 

What is tuition for the 2020-2021 school year?
Child’s Age/Grade (as of 9/01/2020) Maximum Tuition*
4-5s to 9-10s $48,200
Fifth to Eighth Grade $50,500

Included in the annual tuition are the following:

  • Books and classroom materials
  • Daily morning snack
  • Lunch Monday through Thursday
  • Field trip transportation and expenses
  • Access to laptops, iPads, SMART boards during the school day
  • Early drop-off coverage between 8:00 a.m.– 8:30 a.m.
  • Farm trip meals, lodging and activities for children in the 7-8s through 8th grade
*These figures apply to the 2020-2021 school year and are likely to increase in subsequent years.
Is there an Afterschool program?

Afterschool is available Monday through Thursday until 5:30 p.m. MCS offers extended-day coverage through a wealth of enrichment classes that change year to year. Past classes have included Mandarin, Lego Robotics, Yoga, Baking and African Drumming. There is also a daily Playgroup open only to students in the 4-5s and 5-6s.

Emergency Afterschool is available to accommodate unexpected changes in families' schedules. Pricing for Afterschool is based on each class and the number of sessions it holds during the semester. All classes' costs are fixed and do not follow the sliding-scale model.

What high schools do Manhattan Country School graduates attend?

MCS eighth-graders are accepted to highly selective public, independent, and boarding schools. This is a list of schools to which MCS students have been accepted the past two years.

Independent Day Boarding Public

Avenues:The World School

Choate Rosemary Hall Academy for Careers in TV and Film
Brooklyn Friends School Deerfield Academy Bard High School Early College
The Browning School Groton School The Beacon School
The Calhoun School The Hotchkiss School The Brooklyn Latin School
The Dalton School The Lawrenceville School Brooklyn Technical High School
The Dwight School Milton Academy The Bronx High School of Science
Ethical Culture Fieldston School Millbrook School Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Horace Mann School Northfield Mount Hermon School Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) Oakwood Friends School The Harbor School
Nightingale-Bamford School The Pennington School Millennium High School
Riverdale Country School Philips Exeter Academy NYC iSchool
Trevor Day School Pomfret School School of American Studies at Lehman College
Trinity School The Putney School School of the Future
York Preparatory School The Mount School (UK)  


Why choose a preK-8 School?

MCS intentionally designed a pre-K-eighth grade model which benefits children in their emotional and academic growth. Children have the chance to be leaders and role models in the school, yet also have the opportunity to be children for a little while longer before the transition to high school. Our eighth-graders truly discover who they are as learners and what kind of academic environment would best serve them in high school.

Our preK-8 model also provides many opportunities for students to be leaders. Students in the 9-10s serve as Reading Buddies to children in the 6-7s. Our 7th Graders take a Child Development class and observe the 4-5s. These responsibilities grow as students advance through the Upper School. Our 7th and 8th Graders are empowered, enthusiastic role models for the entire student body, and our 8th Graders serve as Admissions Ambassadors during school tours. They best demonstrate what it means to value and encourage each other, developing rewarding relationships across age groups based on trust and mutual reliance.

To read more about the benefits of this educational model, please click here.

What is rolling admissions?

MCS's main entry points are 4-5s (Pre-K) and 5-6s (K), and admissions for 6-7s (1st grade) through 8th grade are done on a rolling basis. This means that we wait until later in the admissions season before reviewing 6-7s through 8th grade applications. Processing these application depends on whether there is space in your grade of interest, which we determine in January after our current families submit their enrollment contracts. We nevertheless encourage families to apply by the December 1 deadline so that if we have openings available, we can complete the admissions process in time to notify families by the ISAAGNY deadline whenever possible. 

What is the MCS approach to homework?

MCS uses homework to extend a child’s intellectual life outside of the school day through experiences that help synthesize knowledge and build strong organizational and time-management skills.

Starting in the 6-7s, children begin receiving homework assignments, generally on Wednesdays and due on the following Monday. Homework is gradually increased as the children get older.  Upper School students (5th - 8th grades) tackle long-term assignments and complete an hour to an hour and a half of homework each night.