The Medical Center Nursery School is an independent, not-for-profit early childhood school located at the Columbia University Medical Center campus in the Washington Heights section of northern Manhattan. MCNS offers three program options available for each of the three classrooms: Explorers (starting at age 2), Pathfinders, and Trailblazers.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: Early Childhood / Day Care
  • Grades: Prekindergarten
  • Students: 44 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $28,000
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
44 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 41%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Full Day 8:00 - 5:45 Half Day 8:00 - 12:45 $16,250
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
$695 per week Full Day
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Associate
Denise Diaz

School Notes

  • Early childhood education is based upon helping a child begin to understand and appreciate himself or herself, and to interact and communicate comfortably with others. Our school`s philosophy is that these developments are encouraged most effectively in a warm, intimate environment where young children play, interact, and learn under the guidance of nurturing, well-trained, and experienced teachers.
  • The school's conviction of the value of play in the lives of young children is absolute. Young children typically integrate what is meaningful to them. They understand and remember new concepts and ideas that relate to their experiences, knowledge, and the skills they have already internalized. As a result, young children learn best by working with materials, engaging themselves with challenging problems that interest them, trying things and then trying again.

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: Early Childhood / Day Care
  • Grades: Prekindergarten
  • Students: 44 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $28,000
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in New York, NY is $37,402 for elementary schools and $43,673 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New York, NY is 60% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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