HOW DO I ENROLL?

Families interested in enrolling should fill out an application, preferably in the fall prior to the year that enrollment is desired, and call to schedule a tour of the school. Once we receive your application, and you have come for your tour, we will let you know if we have a space available for your child.

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.

It is a member of the following local organizations:

  • Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY)

  • Parents League of New York, Inc.

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children

DO WE NEED TO BE INVOLVED IN COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN ORDER TO ENROLL AT MCNS?

No.  MCNS serves both the Columbia Medical Center and the Washington Heights community 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:

  • 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.

We also have 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, all on our rooftop playground. All three types of sessions are available. Enrollment is by the month and tuition is paid in advance.

WHAT IS THE STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIO?

At MCNS, a group teacher and two or three assistant teachers are assigned to each classroom of 12 to 20 children,

WHEN DOES THE SCHOOL DAY BEGIN?

Our day begins at 8:00 A.M. See above for session times.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ENRICHMENT/SPECIAL CLASSES?

Yes.  We offer music, movement, science, and drama/storytelling specialists to supplement the program. Meaningful, age-appropriate art projects are integrated into the children’s classroom experience.

WHAT KIND OF STAFF DEVELOPMENT DO YOU PROVIDE FOR YOUR TEACHERS?

We believe 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.