MCS News

Giving Tuesday
Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016
Thanks to the generosity of the Manhattan Country School community, we exceeded our #GivingTuesday goal of raising $50,000. We received close to $75,000 in #GivingTuesday online contributions and checks from those who participated by mail are still coming in. This is more than twice the amount we received in 2015. We more than doubled the number of donors—from 145 to 320–as well. To date, 48 percent of current families have given to The MCS Fund. We are well on our way to reaching our goal... Read More
Nehemiah Luckett
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Nehemiah Luckett has joined Manhattan Country School in the role of piano accompanist. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Nehemiah began singing in choirs at the age of five. He attended Sarah Lawrence College and the City College of New York and has been leading and accompanying choirs for more than 20 years. He is currently the composer in residence and assistant director of music at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tuckahoe, New York. Nehemiah describes... Read More
John McDaniel, MCS Farm Director
Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016
This weekend, Manhattan Country School Farm Director John McDaniel will present at the 6th Annual Farm-Based Education National Gathering in Concord, MA. MCS Farm faculty members Cathy Cammer and Annie Pevear will also attend. In his presentation, John will share some of the thinking he and the MCS class of 2016 did about “The MCS Farm of the Future.” He’ll lead a discussion about some of the scenarios MCS has been exploring as we move forward in doubling our student enrollment and the impact... Read More
DNAinfo Article About Manhattan Country School
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016
On Monday, October 17, DNAinfo’s Upper West Side reporter Emily Frost visited Manhattan Country School to see our new building. We invite you to read her article at the following link: Manhattan Country School Feels at Home in Move to Upper West Side Some members of First Take, the New York Association of Black Journalists training program for high school students, covered Saturday’s Farm Festival. You can read their article and watch their video package at the following link: Farm... Read More
Joe Paine, Assistant Cook
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016
Manhattan Country School is happy to welcome Joe Paine, assistant cook, to the MCS community. Joe began on Monday, October 17, just two days after moving to New York City from North Haven, Maine. Joe is an experienced cook who grew up working in restaurants in and around Portland, Maine. He most recently worked with Food Program Coordinator Amanda Hallowell and Head Cook Emilie Esders at Nebo Lodge, Amanda’s inn and restaurant in Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine Farmington... Read More
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016
On Saturday, October 15, Manhattan Country School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new building at 150 West 85th Street. Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal joined MCS Director Michèle Solá, MCS Board Chair Michael Patterson and ABA Studio Principal Andrew Bartle in leading this milestone event. MCS’ move to the Upper West Side comes as the school marks its 50th anniversary and begins its sixth decade as a leader in progressive education and diversity. “There couldn't... Read More
Chloe Marin
Posted on Friday, October 7, 2016
You may have noticed some new faces at Manhattan Country School over the past few weeks. Just as the number of students at MCS is growing, our staff is expanding, too. Please meet the newest members of the MCS staff. Hayley Andrews 6-7s Assistant   Greg Bednarsh Farm-Based Education Intern Yannique Benitez 5-6s Assistant Max Fletcher 4-5s Assistant Lauren "Lo" Kartzman Upper School Resource... Read More
Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016
Manhattan Country School Director Michèle Solá recently spoke with Alina Adams, host of the Secrets of NYC Schools podcast, to discuss the school’s sliding-scale tuition program. In the 10-minute interview, Michèle explains the philosophy behind our sliding-scale tuition model. Instead of each family paying for the cost of educating their own child, each family is an equal participant in affording the cost of educating all children at MCS. She also discusses how the sliding-scale model came... Read More
John McDaniel, MCS Farm Director
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016
Thursday’s Curriculum Night opened with an MCS Farm-focused community meeting. Parents gathered in the gym to hear a presentation from MCS Farm Director John McDaniel titled “MCS Farm: Teaching to the Future Without Losing Sight of the Past.” Addressing a standing room only crowd, John explained that when Manhattan Country School began its Farm program in the 1960s, the intention wasn’t to produce farmers. Rather it would provide an opportunity for children to learn important life lessons and... Read More
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2016
Fifty years ago, on September 21, Manhattan Country School opened its doors for the first time. The day marked the realization of Gus and Marty Trowbridge’s dream of creating a school where equality, social justice, a diverse community and the inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr. would form the basis of children’s education. Over the past five decades, MCS has grown from an experiment on East 96th Street to a formidable leader in education. Our robust curriculum develops students who are... Read More