Mission Statement and History

Manhattan School for Children was founded in the early 1990s through a cooperative effort of parents, teachers and staff members of NYC’s Community School District 3. It is a school of choice, open to children who are zoned for District 3. Since that time, MSC’s educators and parents have worked to build and maintain a school community in which students of different racial/ethnic, socio-economic, as well as physical and academic abilities, come together to celebrate multiple ways of knowing the world and each other. Our student-centered, project-based pedagogical focus and instructional program is unique and grounded in the philosophy of a “community of learners.” We believe that all children are gifted in multiple ways, and we organize the curriculum thematically using an open-ended, inter-disciplinary project-based approach that allows students to demonstrate their talents while learning from each other. In this way, we respond to each child’s unique developmental needs while encouraging a meaningful learning process.



  • 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 parents are active participants in their school
  • Our ICT (Integrated Collaborative Teaching) Program was created to include children with severe motor challenges into a general education setting. Students in the classrooms follow on-grade curriculum, assessing it in their own way.