New York City schools remain some of the most segregated in the nation, yet Manhattan Country School stands as a model of purposeful integration. From pre-k to eighth grade, students at MCS learn in a multicultural, socioeconomically diverse community where they are taught to discover themselves and to value diverse perspectives.
Research shows that children in racially and economically mixed classes perform better academically and develop stronger critical thinking and problem-solving skills on average than children in homogeneous classrooms. Exposure to diversity increases cross-racial knowledge, understanding and empathy; better prepares students for employment in the global economy; and increases engagement in political issues and participation in the democratic process.
Purposeful diversity in our student enrollment and staff is part of our founding mission and vision. It is what makes our school an important model for education that is inclusive of families from all backgrounds. In recognition of the compelling need for school diversity, we have launched Expanding Purpose: The Campaign for the Future of Manhattan Country School to ensure that families from all walks of life continue to benefit from a learning community that is diverse in so many ways.