Forms and Guidelines

Dear Parents:

On behalf of the staff, we would like to welcome you and your child or children to The Medical Center Nursery School's new Academic Year Program.  In this section is all the information you will need for the opening days of school in September and all the forms that need to be completed and submitted to the office. Please carefully read all the information that follows to help make the initial days of school run as smoothly as possible.  Feel free to call the school office or send e-mail messages if you have questions.


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Quick facts
Academic Year Schedules
Morning Half Day —  8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Full Day  —  8:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Extended Day  — 8:30 A.M. -3:30 P.M.
(September through June)

  • Summer Schedule
    Morning Half Day  —  8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
    Full Day  —  8:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
    (late June through August)

Extra Options

For extra fees and by arrangement, the school offers the following additional hours:

Lunch Supervision  —    12:30 P.M. - 1:15 P.M.
Early Afternoon Care  — 12:30 P.M. - 3:15 P.M.

2017-2018 Tuition
Full Day $27,360
Extended Day $20,316
Half Day $15,168

Schools After MCNS
In recent years, students from MCNS have attended various schools in New York or northern New Jersey. SCHOOLS AFTER mcns

Newsletter Archive
Our monthly newsletter is available as an online archive. MCNS News Archive

Frequently asked questions

How many classrooms does MCNS have? How many teachers are in each classroom?
There are four classes using three classrooms. There are three to four teachers assigned to each class. Additionally, there may be other adults in the classroom including student teachers, visiting child psychiatry fellows and pediatric residents.
What curriculum does MCNS subscribe to?
The curriculum utilizes materials and methods as they best suit young children’s needs and interests. Children participate in a variety of individual and group activities. Strong emphasis is placed upon exploration and discovery, development of personal satisfaction, independence, self management skills and motivation. In addition, focus is placed on each child’s relationship with his/her peers and with teaching adults in the classroom.
What are the teachers’ qualifications? How long have they been at MCNS?
All Lead Teachers are fully qualified early childhood professionals with Masters Degrees. Most Assistant Teachers have a Bachelors Degree. Most of our teachers have been with us for at least five years. Some as long as 20 years.
What is the classroom daily schedule?
The daily schedule includes classroom activities, gross motor time both indoors and outdoors, and time with specialists. Schedules for full day children include lunch and rest time.
When is MCNS in Session?

MCNS' Academic Year Program is open five days per week from early September through mid-June.   Two week vacations for the half day sessions take place in late December and early spring.   The full day session has a modified schedule during these vacation weeks.

The Summer Program, which includes morning half day and full day sessions, typically runs for ten weeks from the last week of June to Labor Day weekend.

How many days per week can my child attend MCNS?
We encourage a full week program so that all children may experience the full complement of all aspects of the program. This includes all specialists and other special activities and events in the school. That being said, for parents looking for a partial week experience for their child, two, three, or four day options can be arranged during the academic year in the afternoon half day session. Partial week options are offered during the Summer Program for both morning half day and full day sessions. Please see the "Which Session Should I Choose" page for a more complete description.
Which session should I choose?
A full description of the options available to parents is located in the Admission Section.
What is the youngest age that MCNS accepts?
Children should be two by September of the year that they enroll.
Who makes up the student body at MCNS?
MCNS serves a diverse student population, which includes children whose parents are affiliated with the various components of the Columbia University Medical Center and children whose families live in the neighborhoods surrounding the Medical Center. Some of our children also commute from nearby suburban areas and other neighborhoods of New York.
If I am a Columbia University employee, how does this affect the admission process?
All children of Columbia University employees receive prority/preference during the admission process.
When do I submit and application? What are the admission dates for MCNS?
MCNS accepts applications (for sessions beginning in September of the following year) beginning on September 1st. MCNS, a member of the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), adheres to common admission notification and reply dates, which typically occur in late February/early March.
Does MCNS offer financial aid?
MCNS does offer financial aid. Applications are available on the website for downloading or form-fill. Completed applications are due February 1st of the academic year prior to the year of enrollment. Applications are reviewed carefully. Decisions regarding financial aid are included with acceptance notices. Financial aid grants range from roughly $500.00 up to $6,000.00. The larger grants typically are provided for those families who are applying for the full day session.
How does MCNS encourage Parent Involvement?
Parents are encouraged to volunteer and participate in the life of the school. Parents can assist during special classroom events, and share special talents they may have. Parents are also encouraged to participate in special fund-raising events that take place throughout the school year. Information about all special school activities/events are listed in the school’s monthly newsletter.
How do parents communicate with teachers?
Lead teachers can be reached by telephone, e-mail, spontaneous chats at drop-off or pick-up times, and more formally during parent-teacher conferences scheduled three times per year. Parents may request conferences with a Lead Teacher at other times as needed.