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Manhattan Country School offers two summer programs, MCS Summer in the City and Farm Summer Session, for current and incoming MCS students.

MCS Summer in the City

Manhattan Country School’s Summer in the City is open to all MCS families whose children were enrolled in the 4-5s through 8-9s during the 2022-2023 school year or will be enrolled in the 4-5s through 9-10s during the 2023-2024 school year. 

Summer in the City aims to provide children with the experience of MCS’s mission and progressive pedagogy through a play-based environment focused on collaboration and community building. It is a great way for current students to solidify friendships and make new ones across grade levels, and for new students to familiarize themselves with the school community before they begin in the Fall. For our youngest campers, there will be particular emphasis placed on supporting social-emotional growth and preparing them for the coming school year through introduction to the daily routines and expectations that closely mirror what they will see in September.

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: When is MCS Summer in the City?

    Depending on enrollment, we offer either three or four weeks beginning in early July. Next summer’s dates will be announced when registration opens in early April 2023.

    The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The possibility of Early Arrival or Extended Day coverage, for an additional fee, varies year to year based on interest.
  • Q: What will kids do at MCS Summer in the City?

    Summer in the City uses MCS classrooms and local community resources to provide enriching activities across a variety of content areas. Together with counselors and specialists, the majority of whom are MCS teachers, alumni, or current parents, children will engage in art, movement, language, music and science activities. Time will be spent outdoors every day: exploring nearby Central and Riverside Parks, walking to a variety of local playgrounds and sprinklers, and on excursions to museums or other locales throughout the city. Some previous excursions include: the Museum of Natural History, the MET, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Central Park Zoo, Museum of the City of New York, The Intrepid, and The Color Factory NYC. The program has historically visited an outdoor pool, the Secaucus Swim Center, once a week with children in the 5-6s through 9-10s.
  • Q: What is the cost of MCS Summer in the City?

    For the 2022 season, Summer in the City operated at a flat weekly rate of $550 dollars per child, with discounts for early enrollment and enrolling for multiple weeks. There are no additional activity or materials fees. Summer in the City is a break-even program: prices are set based on the cost of staff salaries, programmatic offerings, etc. and may change from year to year. The Auxiliary Programs Department is working on moving MCS Summer in the City onto a sliding-scale, similar to tuition.
  • Q: How do I enroll my child in MCS Summer in the City?

    Families enroll their child(ren) by submitting a registration form and deposit via MyMCS. Information about how to enroll in the 2023 program will be posted here in late March.

    For more information about MCS’s Summer in the City, please reach out to Caroline Biggers, Director of Auxiliary Programs.

Farm Summer Session

The Farm-Based Summer Enrichment Session is MCS’ summer program for current students in the 9-10s through eighth grade at the Manhattan Country School Farm in Roxbury, New York. Apply for the Summer Enrichment Session Today!

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

Manhattan Country School

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