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MCS Announces Public Phase of $15 Million Comprehensive Campaign

Friday, May 5, 2017

Michael Patterson

Manhattan Country School has launched the public phase of Expanding Purpose: The Campaign for the Future of Manhattan Country School. The five-year comprehensive campaign aims to raise $15 million.

MCS Board Chair Michael Patterson made the announcement April 29, 2017, at Big Night Out!, the school’s annual gala in support of sliding-scale tuition.

“This campaign is not about a shiny new building in Manhattan,” said Patterson. “It’s about sustaining our commitment to sliding scale and diversity and all of the wonders that it fosters on top of it.”

This commitment was illustrated by the following video, which debuted at the event.

The launch of the campaign’s public phase coincides with the school’s 50th anniversary. The Expanding Purpose comprehensive campaign raised $5 million during the quiet phase that began in January 2014. More than 50 individuals have made commitments to the campaign so far.

At Big Night Out!, Patterson introduced the campaign co-chairs—Debo P. Adegbile ’80, a former MCS board chair, and Jessica Fisher, an MCS parent. He also asked all the members of the Campaign Council to join him on stage.

“This is the body that is making sure we’re going to reach our goals and take MCS into its next chapter,” said Patterson.

Campaign Council

Priorities of the Expanding Purpose comprehensive campaign include:

  • Maintaining sliding-scale tuition, which will allow the school to continue to offer a progressive academic experience to families from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Funding and completion of phase two and three of building renovations, which will make space for the school’s expanding enrollment and will include a state-of-the-art science lab, rooftop farm, art studio and more.
  • Expanding the farm program in the Catskill Mountains as enrollment doubles from 200 to 400.
  • Increasing salaries to continue to attract and retain the highest-quality faculty and staff.

“For 50 years, MCS has been dedicated to nurturing a community committed to diversity, a community committed to developing leaders who will make a difference in the world,” said Patterson. This five-decade mission positions the school as an important model for education that is inclusive of families from all backgrounds. In addition to growing its student body and academic program, the school hopes to broaden its impact in New York City and beyond."

“The dream of racially and economically integrated centers of learning does not permit us to remain insular in the face of some very big challenges,” said Michéle Solá, director of Manhattan Country School. “I continue to believe there is an important role for a school that engages all its members as creative minds, probing thinkers and stewards of the planet.”

For more information about Expanding Purpose: The Campaign for the Future of Manhattan Country School, visit the campaign website.