About K-5: Our Philosophy

  • Children learn by doing

  • Children learn at different rates, using different strengths and different learning styles

  • Children learn about the world in an integrated way

  • Children learn when they feel good about themselves

  • Children learn when their families are active participants in their school education

MSC’s K – 8 community values collaboration, inclusion, innovation and works to foster strong family involvement to support every student’s educational journey.

Grade K-3

  • Responsive Classroom

  • Book Baggies for Independent Reading (Begins in January for K)

  • Weekly homework packets beginning in 1st Grade, fostering independence

  • Publishing Parties that include families

  • Integrated Arts Programs

  • Environmental Science Lab in the rooftop Greenhouse

  • Open-door policy to foster parent participation

  • Smart Boards/Technology in every classroom

  • Lunch in the Classroom for younger grades

  • Afterschool programs

  • Field trips

  • Follows Common Core curriculum

Grade K-5

  • Responsive Classroom

  • Book Baggies with Leveled/Genre Libraries in every classroom

  • Weekly homework in younger grades transitions to nightly homework and project-based assignments in the upper grades

  • Integrated arts programs

  • Smart Boards/Technology in every classroom

  • Field trips

  • Environmental Science lab in the rooftop Greenhouse

  • Student Government for Grades 7 and 8

  • 3-Day Field Trip to Frost Valley (with teachers) for entire 6th Grade for team building and fostering school spirit

  • 6th Grade structured as a transition year to prepare for 7th and 8th Grade

  • Afterschool programs

  • Lunch in the cafeteria for 6th and 7th Grade

  • Off-campus lunch privileges for students in 8th Grade (a privilege for all 8th Graders who meet the school’s out-to-lunch criteria)

  • Bi-weekly Peer Advisory for 7th and 8th Graders

  • Follows Common Core curriculum

  • Reading Buddies and mentoring and leadership opportunities for students in the upper grades

  • Modules (intensive, inter-discipinary academic electives that focus on real-world application of knowledge and problem-solving by integrating several core subjects)

  • Strong focus on developing writing skills and public speaking/presentation skills

  • Support during the high-school application process (in terms of mandatory Mock Interview Workshops, support during essay writing, support during development of Art and Drama portfolios for auditionbased schools, counseling from the school’s Guidance Counselor, and more)

  • Integrated Algebra Regents preparation and exam for eligible 8th Graders

  • Through the DOE’s iZone 360 learning platform, students use laptop computers and other software-based and online research tools to support classroom learning and homework

  • National Junior Honor Society (for students in Grades 7 and 8 who meet the rigorous, national NJHS criteria for academic performance and leadership)

Responsive Classroom

MSC uses the Responsive Classroom Approach to create communities both within the classroom and in the whole school community. This approach has been shown to increase academic achievement, decrease problem behaviors, improves social skills, and lead to more high-quality instruction in the classroom.


MSC is unique in being one of the few schools in New York City to offer immersion classes for children with motor impairments, with a building and all classrooms and shared facility spaces (auditorium, gymnasium and cafeteria) that are fully accessible. Adaptive equipment and technologies are integrated into the classroom.

Reading Buddies

MSC prides itself on maintaining a “Reading Buddies” program, which pairs older students with a younger “reading buddy,” allowing the pairs to meet regularly for reading, sharing and mentoring.

Arts & Technology

Specials offered include Art, Drama, Musical Theater, Advisory, Book Clubs, Portfolio Development and Storytelling. MSC has active, longstanding affiliations with Lincoln Center Institute, Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center, Teachers College Columbia University, City University of New York (CUNY) and Bank Street College’s America Reads Program. MSC also partners with S’cool Sounds, a music program that provides recorder and percussion in Grades 3 and 4. MSC’s Grades 6, 7 and 8 are part of the Chancellor’s iZone 360 program, which provides students with daily access to Mac laptop computers, software and research tools, which support the curriculum and help students to engage in project-based learning with real-world applications.


MSC operates a 1,400-ft2 Environmental Science Lab and Urban Hydroponic Lab located in a modern Greenhouse that sits on the roof of MSC’s Gym. It provides a living laboratory for hands-on and project-based science curriculum, helping MSC’s teachers and students bring to life studies in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, environmental issues and sustainability concepts, as well as providing access to this working urban hydroponic farm.

Afterschool Program

MSC has partnered with Roads to Success After School Program to provide daily afterschool enrichment to our students, and offers the following specialty classes on a rotating basis: Guitar, Chess, Robotics Club, Piano, Art in the Greenhouse and more. Meanwhile, in the upper grades, students have additional school opportunities, including Newspaper Club, competitive league sports (including Girls Volleyball and Basketball, Boys Basketball and Flag Football, and Co-ed Track and Field), Girls on the Run, Musical Theater, Student Government, Portfolio Preparation (for students pursuing audition-based high schools focusing on Art, Drama or Music), Mock Interview Workshops for all 8 Graders to support the High School Applications process, and more.

Parent Roles

The school is proud of both its progressive curriculum and its open, inclusive involvement that welcomes creative, collaborative parent involvement at all levels. MSC maintains an “open door” policy for parents to drop off and pickup their children at the classroom door. Because of this unique opportunity, parents form a very close network and foster a sense of community within the school, and have the opportunity to maintain an open working relationship with MSC’s teachers and administrators.