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Manlius Pebble Hill School is located on a 26-acre campus in DeWitt, an eastern suburb of Syracuse, New York. With roots stretching back 140 years, MPH is Central New York’s oldest educational institution and the area’s only Pre-K – Grade 12 independent school. Its 510 students are served by an administration and faculty philosophically committed to and guided daily by its mission:
“Manlius Pebble Hill School is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational, college preparatory school dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence in a diverse setting. Our Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 curriculum challenges students to become inquisitive and independent learners. We provide opportunities for intellectual and creative exploration within a caring and trusting environment. Manlius Pebble Hill fosters self-confidence, respect, integrity, and strength of character in our students to help them become responsible citizens in the local and global community.”
The educational environment at MPH is characterized by an exceptional faculty, small classes, hands-on experiential learning, and extraordinary opportunities in independent study, the arts, athletics, extracurricular organizations, and community service. The curriculum is demanding and stimulating, and teachers have the flexibility to adapt their curriculum in response to students’ desires to explore certain material more deeply.
MPH considers education not the mere accumulation of information, but the process of developing the ability to think critically and to assess the ethical implications of decisions; it is developing the self-confidence to take risks and accept challenges; it is discovering one’s abilities, talents and passions; it is about self-realization and growing to understand one’s responsibilities to others. With attention to all aspects of education, MPH is intent upon graduating students who flourish as productive and contributing members of society.
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood east of Syracuse, our campus includes 11 buildings, the newest of which is the Center for Early Learning, which houses our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten program. Planning is currently under way for the School’s next construction project – a new library media center.
Campus Map: Buildings & Classrooms (PDF)
Some 100 highly qualified faculty members and administrative personnel comprise our academic community. The student to faculty ratio is 8:1.
Directory of Faculty & Staff
Our roughly 580 enrolled students represent a wide range of cultural, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. Our diversity enrollment (African-American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Multiracial, and Native American) is 29%. Students come to MPH from 36 different school districts, six counties, and eight foreign countries. Free busing to and from MPH is provided by 19 area school districts.
MPH offers need-based financial aid in all grades. In addition to those tuition assistance grants, merit scholarships are available to qualified new students entering Grades 6 through 12. About half of all students attending MPH receive some level of financial assistance.
The Lower School core curriculum is enriched by the study of French or Spanish beginning in Prekindergarten and biweekly instruction in vocal music, art, and dance. Suzuki String Talent Education is offered in Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade, and instrumental instruction continues in Grades 3 through 5. Physical education and recess occur daily.
The Middle and Upper School college preparatory curriculum provides a full complement of fine and performing arts choices, course electives in every discipline, and independent study opportunities. Classes are small, averaging 13 students.
An extensive array of Advanced Placement (AP) courses is offered each year. Roughly two-thirds of the MPH students taking an AP exam typically receive college credit or advanced standing for scores of “3” or better.
Every year, our graduates are accepted at some of the most competitive colleges across the country. More than half of MPH’s 2010 graduates received college merit scholarships worth millions of dollars.
The MPH campus is a networked environment, with computer labs for Lower, Middle, and Upper School students. All classrooms have computers with high-speed Internet connections, and wireless connectivity is available in all academic buildings. The MPH library provides electronic access to numerous journals, newspapers, and reference materials via online database subscriptions. Computer-aided media, including digital imaging and video production/editing, is also supported.
A full range of fall, winter, and spring sports is offered for students in Grades 7 through 12, including 15 varsity sports. MPH has had many state and sectional championship teams.
Several dozen clubs and organizations, both student- and faculty-run, offer MPH students extracurricular learning, community service opportunities, and fun.
Manlius Pebble Hill is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. MPH is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the New York State Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of College Admission Counselors, The College Board, The National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls, and the National Association for Gifted Children.
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