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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



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. Please see our Admissions page for details on eligibility and enrollment. Applications are managed by the Department of Education. The application window will be from December 5, 2023 - January 19, 2024.

  • 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 will be from January 10, 2024 - March 1, 2024. 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

For the academic year 2024-25, we are offering several dates for school tours this winter. Tours will be on Mondays from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. We request that only one adult per family attends due to space constraints. All participants must register online in advance. Note: tours are for adults only and the school is on five floors with no elevator. 


Click on the date of interest to sign up:

Kindergarten:                                         December 11   and    December 18       

Kindergarten + Pre-Kindergarten:    January 8

Pre-Kindergarten (3's and 4's):          January 22    and    February 12      

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.


Admissions questions? Please contact

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

Joanie Leeds' newest album is out! fREADom, an album inspired by banned children’s picture

books and celebrates diversity in children’s literature. Joanie Leeds is a GRAMMY Winning

recording artist and proud MNS parent. Save the date for her school performance on

Friday, March 15th!  

Listen here

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 300 bags of clothing to

families in need. Thank you Ashley and MNS Cares for organizing  all of our drives and for

hand-delivering these much needed 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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