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Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016
On Saturday, October 15, Manhattan Country School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new building at 150 West 85th Street. Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal joined MCS Director Michèle Solá, MCS Board Chair Michael Patterson and ABA Studio Principal Andrew Bartle in leading this milestone event. MCS’ move to the Upper West Side comes as the school marks its 50th anniversary and begins its sixth decade as a leader in progressive education and diversity. “There couldn't... Read More
Chloe Marin
Posted on Friday, October 7, 2016
You may have noticed some new faces at Manhattan Country School over the past few weeks. Just as the number of students at MCS is growing, our staff is expanding, too. Please meet the newest members of the MCS staff. Hayley Andrews 6-7s Assistant   Greg Bednarsh Farm-Based Education Intern Yannique Benitez 5-6s Assistant Max Fletcher 4-5s Assistant Lauren "Lo" Kartzman Upper School Resource... Read More
Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016
Manhattan Country School Director Michèle Solá recently spoke with Alina Adams, host of the Secrets of NYC Schools podcast, to discuss the school’s sliding-scale tuition program. In the 10-minute interview, Michèle explains the philosophy behind our sliding-scale tuition model. Instead of each family paying for the cost of educating their own child, each family is an equal participant in affording the cost of educating all children at MCS. She also discusses how the sliding-scale model came... Read More
John McDaniel, MCS Farm Director
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016
Thursday’s Curriculum Night opened with an MCS Farm-focused community meeting. Parents gathered in the gym to hear a presentation from MCS Farm Director John McDaniel titled “MCS Farm: Teaching to the Future Without Losing Sight of the Past.” Addressing a standing room only crowd, John explained that when Manhattan Country School began its Farm program in the 1960s, the intention wasn’t to produce farmers. Rather it would provide an opportunity for children to learn important life lessons and... Read More
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2016
Fifty years ago, on September 21, Manhattan Country School opened its doors for the first time. The day marked the realization of Gus and Marty Trowbridge’s dream of creating a school where equality, social justice, a diverse community and the inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr. would form the basis of children’s education. Over the past five decades, MCS has grown from an experiment on East 96th Street to a formidable leader in education. Our robust curriculum develops students who are... Read More
First Day at Manhattan Country School
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016
On Tuesday, families began to gather in front of Manhattan Country School a little bit earlier than usual. It wasn’t a typical first day of school—it was the first day of school in a new building. Three months had passed since MCS closed its doors on East 96th Street and children and grown-ups alike were eager to see their new school home. Upper School students navigated through the chatting crowds of Lower School kids and parents gathered on the sidewalk. As they reached the front door they... Read More
Fifth-Graders Host Egyptian Marketplace
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016
On Tuesday, June 14, Manhattan Country School fifth-graders transformed the library and 7-8s classroom into an Egyptian Marketplace. Parents, teachers and students were invited to participate in games and activities to learn about the practices of ancient Egyptians—a topic the fifth-graders spent several weeks studying as part of their social studies curriculum. The fifth-graders created murals to decorate the marketplace walls and got into character by crafting their own Egyptian ensembles.
MCS Thank You Video
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016
As we prepare to leave our home of nearly 50 years, we are reflecting on the impact Manhattan Country School has had for five decades. MCS parent Deb Levy has captured the gratitude of MCS students, teachers, parents and alumni beautifully in this video.
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016
On Thursday our eighth-graders walked out of the Courtyard doors for the last time as Manhattan Country School students. In the fall they will start the next chapter of their lives in high school.  Over the past couple of years our eighth-graders have worked closely with High School Placement Director Cynthia Rogers, Upper School Director Maiya Jackson and their Fifth Floor teachers to identify and apply to schools that would be the best fit for their personalities and future goals. Their... Read More
Final assembly at 7 East 96th Street
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016
On Thursday, June 16, Manhattan Country School students, faculty and staff gathered in the Music Room for the last time at 7 East 96th Street. Their final moments in the building as a community were live streamed on Facebook. We invite you to view the video. (Skip to 4:43 to bypass the students entering and get to the beginning of the program.)

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