HOW DO I ENROLL?
Parents should complete and submit the application, preferably during the fall of the year prior to enrollment eligibility.
Following receipt of the application, a school visit will be scheduled, typically from early December through March. These informal visits are arranged to give parents the opportunity to see the school "in action."
Families also may visit the school before submission of the application to see the physical facility.
Notification is generally made in March (the actual date is set by the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York) for the academic year beginning the following September.
IS MCNS A LICENSED NURSERY SCHOOL?
Yes, MCNS is licensed by the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene and accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Program Accreditation.
DO WE NEED TO BE INVOLVED IN COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN ORDER TO ENROLL AT MCNS?
No. MCNS serves both the Columbia University Medical Center and the Washington Heights and other neighboring communities at large.
WHAT PROGRAMS DO YOU OFFER?
The Academic Year Program runs from early September through the end of June. The following sessions are available for each of the three classrooms:
Morning Half Day (a thirty-seven-week program)
8:00 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.
Extended Day (a thirty-seven-week program)
8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Full Day (a forty-two-week program)
8:00 A.M. - 5:45 P.M.
For the thirty-seven week programs, additional coverage can be arranged in advance. This coverage is available during the additional weeks when children in the full day program are in attendance, or to extend care hours for some days if necessary. Additional coverage is not guaranteed; it is pending availability, and comes with an associated cost. Please contact the office for additional details.
MCNS also offers a Summer Program which runs through July and August. Curriculum includes many special activities including water play, climbing structures, building and tending to Angela’s Garden (named for a former student of the school), all on our rooftop playground. All three types of sessions are available. Enrollment is by the week and tuition is paid in advance.
WHAT IS THE STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIO?
At MCNS, a group teacher and an assistant teacher are assigned to each classroom. Teachers’ aides provide additional support. Maximum enrollment in the Explorers classroom is 12 children. Pathfinders is 15 and Trailblazers is 17.
WHEN DOES THE SCHOOL DAY BEGIN?
Children can be dropped off at the school for activities that begin at 8:00 A.M. See above for session times. MCNS prefers that children arrive at the school by 8:45 AM.
DOES MCNS OFFER ANY FINANCIAL AID?
A limited amount of tuition aid is made available each year, the application for which is here. The financial aid application should be submitted by February 1 of the prior academic year.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ENRICHMENT/SPECIAL CLASSES?
Yes. Music and Dance/Movement specialists supplement the regular program. We have Spanish classes with Bilingual Birdies every week. Storytelling and meaningful, age-appropriate art and science projects are integrated into the children’s classroom experience.
DO YOU OFFER SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS?
Children applying to MCNS should be able to participate in the activities of a regular, developmental, early childhood program. On-site speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and special education itinerant teachers may be arranged for children who require these services following discussion with MCNS staff and evaluation by New York City Committee on Preschool Special Education.
WHAT KIND OF STAFF DEVELOPMENT DO YOU PROVIDE FOR YOUR TEACHERS?
MCNS believes that staff development is an integral part of early childhood education. We have whole staff professional development several times during the school year. Teachers also meet regularly with their teaching teams and the nursery school director to plan curriculum and explore areas that are interesting to them that can be integrated into their classrooms.