Throughout our Lower School, we refer to our classrooms by age ranges rather than grades. 6-7s is therefore equivalent to 1st grade; 7-8s to 2nd grade; 8-9s to 3rd grade; 9-10s to 4th grade.

All necessary links and forms will be accessible in your admissions checklist on your applicant portal.

Steps to Apply

List of 9 items.

  • Visit MCS

    We offer a number of ways to get to know us: Virtual Information Sessions, an Open House, and in-person tours. We recommend at least one in-person visit during the application process.
    You can sign up for a live Virtual Information Session with Admissions.
    In-person tours are available in your parent portal once you create your account via this Inquiry.
  • Submit an Application | Dec. 1 deadline

    Applications for the 2023-24 school year are available. Fill out this Inquiry to create your account. You will then have access to your admissions checklist to help you keep track of steps in the process and due dates, and you can sign up for in-person tours.
  • Sliding Scale Tuition Application | Dec. 1 deadline

    MCS does not have a financial aid program, rather, we operate on a sliding scale tuition model. 
  • Child Assessment - in-person | Oct. - Jan.

    The child assessment is a way for us to engage with your child, get to know them, and assess their skills.  The session will involve some math and reading comprehension exercises, as well as a short tour and conversation.
    Once you have submitted your application you will have access to a self-scheduling platform to reserve your child's visit date. Assessments will run from October to December and appointments are limited so we strongly recommend you submit your application early and reserve your assessment slot. We will not be able to add additional appointments later.
  • Parent Interview | Jan. 31 deadline

    Once you have submitted your application you can schedule a parent conversation. This is an opportunity to informally engage with members of the Manhattan Country School administration and tell us about your family as well as ask questions that are particular to your child.
  • Submit School Reports | January 11 deadline

    We require official school reports from the current and previous academic year, due no later than January 11, 2024. You can upload the reports directly on your admissions checklist in your parent portal.
  • Teacher Confidential Report | January 11 deadline

    Please request that your child’s current teacher fill out the Teacher Confidential Report. You can send the request to your child’s teacher via the checklist in your admissions portal. We recommend that you submit the request after November 15 so that your child’s teacher has had an opportunity to get to know them.
    Teacher Confidentials must be submitted directly by the teacher and are due back to MCS by January 11 at the latest.
  • Admissions decisions released | Feb. 13

    The admissions decisions are shared on the following date, in accordance with ISAAGNY (Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York).
    Decision will be posted on parent portals and families will receive an email as well:

    Tuesday, February 13 - after 4:00 PM
  • Enrollment contract & deposit due | March 4

    If families have been offered admission, the enrollment contracts are due by the following date:

    Monday March 4
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