In 1966, founders Gus and Marty Trowbridge set out to create an independent school where equality, social justice, a diverse community, and the inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr. would form the basis for children’s education. Four decades later, at a school with no racial majority, that dream has become a vibrant reality for almost 200 students every year.

Today, Manhattan Country School is recognized as a model of both progressive education and socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic diversity. Our graduates leave not only with a first class academic education and preparation for some of the nation’s top high schools and colleges but with a deep understanding of our multicultural world. The farm program engages students with the natural processes that support life and provides an unparalleled experience of community.