We are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year! For more information, inquire here.
How to Apply
Apply to the 4-5s through 5-6s
We refer to our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes as 4-5s and 5-6s classrooms, respectively. Throughout our Lower School, we refer to our classrooms by age ranges rather than grades, as they are mixed age groups spanning 18 months, though we have entering birthday cut-offs for each.
Birthday cut-offs for applying:
For the 4-5s classroom, children must be 4 by September 1 of the year they enroll, and children range from 4.0 to 5.6 years of age in the classroom.
For the 5-6s classroom, children must be 5 by September 1 of the year they enroll, and children range from 5.0 to 6.6 years of age in the classroom.
Please note that children who are 5.0 to 5.3 by September 1 of their year of enrollment will be considered for our 4-5s and 5-6s program. We will make a decision regarding the best placement for your child based on our playgroup, school reports, and our conversation with parents.
The following steps are required to complete the admissions process. All necessary links and forms will be accessible in your admissions checklist on your applicant portal.
The Inquiry Form will alert us to your inquiry and from there you will receive information to set up your parent portal and will be able to self-schedule your Virtual Visit and access your child’s admissions checklists with the steps below.
The Virtual Visit is a live Zoom presentation with the admissions team to tell you about MCS, its programs and the admissions process. There will be time for Q&A after the session. We encourage families to book their visits early as dates in November and December fill up. Parents can attend a Virtual Visit or Open House before submitting the application, and one or the other is strongly recommended for the admissions process.We will hold one Open House on October 21, via Zoom. This session will include teachers and administrators.
The application is what kick-starts the admissions process and creates an admissions checklist for your child. Submit the application and application fee by December 1. (Families whose combined incomes are $75,000 or less are eligible for fee waivers. Please contact the Assistant Director of Admissions and Enrollment to obtain this waiver code)
MCS does not have a financial aid program, rather, we operate on a sliding scale tuition model. The FFW is what allows MCS to calculate each family’s tuition fee, based on their financial profile. Each family’s tuition fee is detailed on their enrollment contract if and when an admissions acceptance is issued. Families who opt for the maximum tuition fee should indicate that on the FFW as well.
After you have submitted your application, our admissions office will contact you to schedule a virtual child visit.The child assessment is a way for us to engage with your child, get to know them, and ascertain school readiness. We will schedule assessments as we receive applications, and will stop scheduling once we have run out of appointments. We encourage families to submit their applications as early as possible.
Once you have submitted your application you can schedule a parent conversation through your admissions portal. 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.
Please request that your child’s current preschool or daycare 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.