Young children go to Central Park for daily outdoor recreation. The 4-5s through 7-8s engage in movement activities as part of their music curriculum twice weekly. They have a separate movement class once weekly, held outdoors or in the gym. This movement class emphasizes coordination, fitness and cooperation.
Older students continue to use Central Park but also have physical education classes. Seventh- and eighth-grade students meet a physical education requirement by choosing electives in soccer, track & field, basketball, softball, tennis, yoga, dance or additional options. The physical education program emphasizes physical fitness and develops motor, social and cognitive skills using drills, exercises, sports and games. The program is coeducational and stresses individual development as well as teamwork and sportsmanship.
Manhattan Country School participates in intramural competition through the American International Private School League. MCS teams include junior varsity and varsity soccer, basketball, and track and field. Teams practice regularly in the park or the gym and play games with teams from other schools.