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2018 Big Night Out! Living the Dream Mentor Award Honorees
Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018
On Saturday, April 28, more than 350 guests gathered at eSpace in New York City for Big Night Out!—Manhattan Country School’s annual gala to raise critical funds to support our sliding-scale tuition program. It was also a chance to honor the legacy of MCS founder Gus Trowbridge, whose influence can still be felt by generations of MCS students, families and teachers. The public scope of the vision Gus shared with his wife, Marty, now extends well beyond the walls of our school. The theme of... Read More
MiSK Teachers
Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2018
(L-R) Amjad Alnufaie, Kholood Alturky, Nada Alhazmi  Missing: Meshari Alawdan This month, Manhattan Country School hosted four teachers from MiSK Schools in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as part of an exchange program that also included an additional three MiSK teachers at Bank Street School for Children. MCS’ participation in this program is one example of how the school fulfills a public mission that includes educating teachers-in-training from area colleges and hosting visitors from schools across... Read More
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
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