At MSC, all students participate in studio art classes. In addition, art activities are integrated into the daily study of the academic disciplines. Children in all grades learn about the many genres of art and the formal aspects of art including color, line and composition through the use of art materials in many media. The creative process is designed to reproduce that of a real working artist, from ideas suggested in a sketchbook, through execution, to review by their peers and display for the public. 

At MSC, we believe that art is both a process and a product: children learn to approach a problem creatively and expressively while they also create works of art. Studio work is primary and central, a way to think critically and problem solve in the various media. The studio experience follows one pattern at all developmental levels. Students are introduced to materials, techniques and concepts, and then have the opportunity to explore or practice, and finally use their knowledge to solve a particular problem or complete a specific project. 

We encourage students to develop a vocabulary to talk about art and visual expression and to feel comfortable expressing their aesthetic responses to their own and others' work. We encourage the children to explore the relationship between art and other disciplines. And we link their art experience to the curriculum in each classroom, including language arts, math and especially social studies. MSC has a full-time art teacher and a dedicated art room.


Our 5th /6th grade elective encourages students to work individually and in group projects that involve research, measuring, and planning. Projects are often art historical in nature, and align with the social studies/history curriculums of the middle school.  Our 7th /8th grade elective has consisted of a portfolio preparation class for those interested in making an application to one of the specialized high schools in art in New York City.  Other electives have focused on the graphic novel, on set and prop design for our annual spring musical, and a model making elective.  I look forward to an exciting year of creating art with your children!


After School Strings Program - Students new to violin or viola receive hour long group instruction at their school following the school day led by Bloomingdale instructors. Students learn introductory instrumental skills, note reading and have the opportunity to perform for family and friends. Violin for Children classes are recommended to serve as an instruction setting for one or two semesters, followed by private lessons. MSC Students register directly with BSM here. For more information contact Laura Gravino, Director of Education, at


Students will take healthy snacks to a new level. They will improve their culinary skills while learning why eating healthfully matters. Students will learn tricks for converting recipes and use this to come up with their own snack alternatives. They will design the second half of the course and help lead the class on making their own converted recipes.


At each grade level, academic curriculum entry points and connections are made. For example, first graders studying various animal habitats as part of the science curriculum might create works of art in which they paint or sculpt ocean-dwellers, animals native to the Rainforest or the Arctic and so on. We strive to teach the students about dance, theater, music, performing techniques and theater crafts such as costuming and scenery. We take advantage of all the arts of New York City by scheduling performances for all students to see at venues such as the New Victory Theater, the Lincoln Center Institute and others.

All students participate in our drama program, creating and enacting stories and original works as part of their core curriculum activities. The program helps children understand concepts such as audience, voice and presentation while exploring classroom topics, enriching their understanding of material presented in the curriculum. Our classroom teachers work as partners with teaching artists from Lincoln Center Institute and the Lucy Moses School. MSC has at least one full-time drama teacher.


This elective will give you the tools to deliver a successful monologue. The course will cover how to discover the structure of the monologue (beginning, middle, climax, end); how to create suspense and how to make good acting choices. Students will start by writing monologues themselves!

Requirements: Every student will prepare two monologues (one comic, one dramatic) and will perform one piece for an invited audience. Students not auditioning for high school may replace one of the monologues with a scene and work with a scene partner.


The aim of the Dance Program at MSC is to provide an inclusive and child-centered environment for developing young dancers, choreographers, and lovers of dance. Under the guidance of an experienced, full-time dance teacher in our beautiful and sunlit studio, children learn to express themselves in a variety of movement styles, to work with others through improvisation and choreography tasks, and to use the body as a vehicle for exploration and problem-solving.

Perhaps more importantly, the Dance Program encourages every child to fully inhabit their body, providing healthy opportunities to take up space and to move as an individual. Using the work of professional mixed-ability dance companies as our guides, children at MSC learn to celebrate difference. MSC’s dance teachers have been at the forefront of designing a dance program that serves the needs of children with physical challenges in an inclusive environment; in other words, rather than exclude children with physical challenges from dance instruction or separate them from their peers, dance classes are designed to fully include every child in the class.

As children progress in age, they are taught to analyze movement, to distinguish between different dance styles, to utilize a wide range of choreographic structures to create their own dance pieces, and to explore and make connections between the aesthetics and the cultural context for different dance styles. Older students also learn how to conduct themselves in rehearsal and are supported in developing the perseverance and flexibility needed to perform more complex dance pieces.

Dance at MSC provides an opportunity for personal and artistic expression and promotes children’s physical, social, and emotional development. MSC’s dance teacher works closely with classroom teachers, on-site physical and occupational therapists, and teaching artists from partnering arts organizations to create an arts-enriched environment for every child at the Manhattan School for Children.


NY Sun Works is a non-profit organization that builds innovative science labs in urban schools. Through our Greenhouse Project Initiative, we use hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers about the science of sustainability.

The NY Sun Works Greenhouse Project uses hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers about the science of sustainability. The pilot NY Sun Works greenhouse at our own Manhattan School for Children opened in the Fall of 2010 and functions as a hands-on classroom for students from Kindergarten through 8th grade with an integrated environmental science curriculum. Every year, we host our own “NY Sun Works Youth Conference @ MSC: Discovering Sustainability Science to showcase MSC 5th-8th grade students’ discoveries in science and their understanding of environmental issues.


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Physical education prepares children to be physically and mentally active, fit and healthy for life.  It helps skill and motor skills development, teaches self discipline, influences moral development, reduces stress, strengthens peer relationships, improves self confidence and self esteem, and facilitates development f student responsibility for health and fitness.


Students will engage in fun group challenges that teach them how to perfect balance, agility, coordination, speed, and strength. They will learn how to apply these skills in different sports and in everyday life. It will be a high energy class with games that require social interaction, problem solving, and team work along with physical challenges that will build sport confidence and self esteem.