A History of Equity and Access
Our commitment to equitable education for all children dates to back to 1966, when the school’s founders, Gus and Marty Trowbridge, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Brown v. Board, opened a school where families from different races, income levels and cultures could give their children a quality education. The school would also serve as a training ground for educators learning to develop curriculum and teach in ways that respect, value and support children from all backgrounds.
The rich diversity of the MCS community is fostered by a sliding-scale tuition system that makes enrollment accessible to all families. There is no financial aid at MCS. Instead of dividing families into categories of have and have not, families are treated as peers regardless of their means. By spreading educational costs equitably, MCS’ sliding-scale tuition system—a proven scalable approach that has been replicated and adapted in schools across the country—creates a community that is diverse in every way. Roughly three-quarters of families pay a percentage of full tuition, based on their financial means, while all families benefit from the diversity this approach fosters.