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PS 290, Manhattan New School (MNS) is committed to promoting a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture where all students develop their own identities and embrace the identities of others. Our rigorous academic and social emotional curriculum reflects the intellectual curiosity of our students, preparing them for academic success and responsible citizenship. At MNS, life-long learning habits are rooted in reflective practices and a growth mindset perspective.


U.S. Department of Education

National Blue Ribbon School 

PS 290 Manhattan New School 

School Announcements

P.S. 290 Manhattan New School is an award-winning elementary school with students in 3-K - 5th Grade.

We are a "Blue Ribbon School", recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as an Exemplary High-Performing School in 2021.

Our ranking among the best schools in NY State earned us a U.S. News Best Elementary Schools award in 2024

We are a 'Lighthouse Collaborative" school, selected for our exemplary practices in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)



Academic Calendar: Click here to see the NYC Department of Education calendar for 2023-24.

Visiting the School (September - June):

All adult visitors must present photo ID and sign in with Security to enter the school building.


The Department of Education (DOE) manages enrollment for Kindergarten, Pre-K and 3-K. 

Please check the DOE Website for general guidelines and to sign up for updates.

  • Kindergarten Enrollment: We are a zoned school and required to enroll students who live in our residential zone. Please see our Admissions page for details on eligibility and enrollment. Applications are managed by the Department of Education. The main application window was December 5, 2023 - January 19, 2024. For later registrations, contact us at

  • Pre-K and 3-K Enrollment:  For the 2024 academic year, children born in 2020 apply to Pre-K and children born in 2021 apply for 3-K. Applications are managed by the Department of Education. The application window is January 10, 2024 - March 1, 2024. Families within Manhattan's District 2 may apply but zoned families receive priority. See our Admissions information and highlights of the curriculum

  • Enrollment for grades 1 through 5 is managed by our school. Please email us at

School Tours and Information on the Curriculum

We have completed all of our tours for prospective families for the academic year 2024-25.

Rest assured that if you apply and are offered a spot, there will be opportunities to visit the school in person before school starts in the fall.  

For Your Information: 

  • See our Admissions page for a virtual tour of a 3-K, Pre-K, and Kindergarten classroom.

  • Please look through our website for information on the curriculum and visit our Pre-K & 3-K section of the website for information on the program.


MNS Families:

  Make sure you have sent in your Emergency Contact Form! This is required for every student each year. 

  Be sure to complete your School Lunch and Family Income Inquiry Form, which helps schools receive money for programs. You're not required to provide any personal information. A paper copy was sent home via backpack and the online link was sent via email. 

Event Highlights

MNS Book Fair

Thank you to our school community for supporting the book fair!

To all the families who sent money and/or came with their children to enjoy the book fair

together, to those who donated to the MNS Book Fund and helped replenish classroom

libraries and make sure that every student in our school buys a book, even those without

funds. A special thanks goes to our book fair volunteers who helped the book fair run

smoothly and made it all possible. 

Thank you MNS Cares and the entire MNS Community!

Through your efforts and generosity, we were able to donate 242 bags of food to

families in need through NY Common Pantry. Thank you Ashley, Amy and MNS Cares for

organizing  our drive and for hand-delivering these items.

We are thrilled to announce that our school was awarded the prestigious

National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education as an 

Exemplary High-Performing School for 2021!

School Calendar



No need to add every half day, holiday or PTA event to your calendar one at a time!  Just subscribe to the MNS calendar.  

For Google Calendar: click here.


For iCal, add a new calendar and use this url:  This link will also work for Outlook (just have Outlook open when you click the link.) 

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