Manhattan Country School will continue MCS En Casa, our distance learning program, for the remainder of the school year.

MCS News

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018
We are thrilled to announce that hip-hop legend Pete Rock will be on the ones and twos at Big Night Out! this year. (Manhattan Country School alumnus Adrian Bartos ’83—aka DJ Stretch Armstrong—was supposed to spin at this year's event, but has a schedule conflict.) Pete is a DJ, rapper and producer who was brought into the hip-hop scene by his cousin, the late Heavy D. He rose to prominence in the early 1990s as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Pete has... Read More
PENNY Conference
Posted on Saturday, April 7, 2018
Source: Manhattan Country School has a five-decade history of providing an engaging progressive education program for its students. It also has an impressive track record of contributing to the discussion and development of progressive education with schools in New York City and across the country. In 2015, the school served as a host of  “Access, Equity and Activism: Teaching the Possible,” the 2015 Progressive Education Network Conference. On Saturday, March 10,... Read More
National School Walkout
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018
“We call BS! We call BS!” Chanting these words inspired by a line from a gun-control speech by Parkland shooting survivor Emma González, Manhattan Country School’s Upper School students walked out of school Wednesday morning. The demonstration, spearheaded by the MCS Student Council, was part of the National School Walkout, which marked the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed. Donning orange... Read More
Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018
Manhattan Country School has added basketball player and activist Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir to its 2018 Living the Dream Mentor Award honoree line up. Bilqis will join Harris Friess ’98 and Lyle Friess ’00, co-executive directors of Brooklyn Youth Sports Club, and Jermaine Lloyd, founder of Back 2 Basics Academy, at Big Night Out!, Saturday, April 28, 2018, to receive the award. Bilqis is the all-time leading scorer (male or female) in Massachusetts history for high school basketball. In 2010,... Read More
Michele Sola, MCS Director
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018
Manhattan Country School Director Michèle Solá is among the 150-plus heads of independent schools in New York City and across New York State who have signed an open letter to the president and the country’s lawmakers against gun violence. The letter, which appeared in the February 25, 2018 issue of The New York Times calls for “thoughtful and forceful legislation” to make schools safer. The text of The New York Times letter: Heads of School Speak Out Against Gun Violence An Open Letter to... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Science in Manhattan Country School’s Lower School is a time for students to explore and engage deeply with the natural spaces in our community. We are outside for the majority of the year, rain or shine, using areas like Central Park and Riverside Park as living laboratories for science learning. These green spaces provide amazing opportunities for hands-on science investigations and space to help our students develop deep and loving connections with the earth. One green space in our... Read More
MCS Community Basketball Game
Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018
Manhattan Country School students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni gathered at the 92nd Street Y on Friday, February 16, 2018, for the annual Community Basketball Game. It was an exciting game, with the red and gray teams pretty evenly matched for the majority of the competition. In the final minute of the game, the teams were tied 54-54. With 3 seconds on the clock the red team knocked out two free throws to win the game 56-54. During halftime, younger basketball enthusiasts tested... Read More
Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018
At Manhattan Country School lessons about black history and culture are integrated into the curriculum, there are many black teachers, and teachers and administrators don’t take a zero-tolerance approach when dealing with conflict or disciplinary issues. In many schools across the country, especially inner-city public schools with a predominantly black student population, this isn’t the case. In an effort aligned with MCS’ public mission, Manhattan Country School joined schools in New York... Read More
2018 MCS Alumni Panel
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018
What happens after students leave Manhattan Country School? And how well prepared are they? Current and recently accepted MCS families got the answers to these questions and more at Tuesday evening’s panel discussion: Oh, The Places You’ll Go: Alumni Talk About Life After MCS.   The panel featured: Viviana Benitez ’94, associate producer at Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, parent of a 4-5s MCS student, graduate of Friends Seminary and the University of Rochester Anaïs O. ’17,... Read More
2018 Big Night Out!
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018
Each year, Manhattan Country School honors excellence and leadership in progressive education, arts and sciences, social and environmental justice, and community activism with its Living the Dream Mentor Award. This year, we honor three individuals who exemplify MCS’ vision and mission by promoting social justice through sports. Harris Friess ’98 and Lyle Friess ’00, Co-Executive Directors, Brooklyn Youth Sports Club   Harris and Lyle established the Brooklyn Youth Sports Club (BKYSC) in... Read More