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What makes MPH different from other schools in CNY?

Manlius Pebble Hill School is the only independent PK- 12 school located in Central New York.  Our mission is to inspire our students to think critically, act responsibly and discover a passion for lifelong learning. At MPH, teachers are given the freedom to customize their instruction and lead students on deep dives into our curriculum. This focus on depth, as opposed to breadth, instills students with powerful critical thinking and problem-solving skills and equip them to be successful in the classroom and beyond. With an alumni network over 4,500 strong, MPH has a long history of delivering an exceptional academic and extracurricular program that prepares students to become tomorrow’s leaders.  For these reasons and so much more, MPH is truly “Uncommon to the Core.”

 Why choose an independent school?
Over and over again, the 400,000 families who send their children to the nation’s independent schools cite individual attention, small classes, teacher excellence, and high academic standards as the building blocks for their children’s success in college and beyond. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) website serves as a valuable resource for parents seeking to understand the value and importance of an independent school education.


How many students attend MPH?
Approximately 425 students are enrolled at MPH in Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.  Our students hail from over 35 area school districts in Central New York and some commute to MPH from areas as far as Ithaca, Utica and Auburn. 

 What are the school hours?
All grades, including Pre-K, begin at 8:10 a.m. and dismiss at 3:05 p.m.

What is the average class size?
Small class sizes are part of what makes MPH unique. The average class size is 15 students to one teacher. The student to faculty ratio is 8 to 1.

Is there transportation to MPH?
Approximately 19 area school districts provide cost-free busing to and from MPH for students who live within 15 miles of the School. In addition, MPH owns several vans that transport students on a space-available basis from Skaneateles and Utica/New Hartford. 

Does MPH offer extended-day programs?
MPH offers extended-day programming in Lower and Middle School.  In Lower School, both before- and after-school care is available. Lower School students may be dropped off as early as 7:40 a.m. for no charge while fees for Lower School Extended Day depend on use.  For students in the Middle School, MPH offers an After-Hours Program that allows students to explore interests, connect with peers and work on homework or class assignments.  

What extracurricular opportunities are available?

MPH offers students a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including an inclusive and competitive Athletics program, opportunities in Music & Performing Arts, and a host of clubs and organizations.  At MPH, students are given unlimited access to explore their extracurricular interests while forging peer connections, friendships and developing their leadership skills!

What colleges do MPH graduates attend?
MPH students attend a wide variety of colleges and universities within the United States and abroad. They attend small, elite liberal arts colleges as well as Ivy League and large public universities. Our Upper School curriculum focuses on college-prep and MPH students benefit from our unique and personalized College Counseling program.



I am interested in exploring MPH for my child.  Where do I begin?

Our Admissions staff is always happy to help prospective families learn more about the School.  In addition to being available for personal appointments and campus tours, we offer a variety of Events & Open Houses designed to introduce prospective families to the MPH campus and community.  The best way to explore MPH is to visit our campus and witness first-hand the interaction between our students and faculty.

What do you look for in an applicant?
There is no such thing as a “typical” MPH student!  We aim to enroll students who will contribute to the life of the School and are equipped to navigate our unique academic program. Students who are fully engaged in their learning and have earned good grades in their current school make excellent candidates for admission. In addition, we acknowledge talent and strength in extracurricular activities, the arts and athletics. Our admissions process is highly personalized and we are always willing to make appointments with parents who wish to learn more about whether MPH might be a good fit for their child.

Can my child visit MPH for the day?

Absolutely!  All applicants to MPH visit the School for at least one full school day as part of our admissions process.  Our Admissions staff works directly with each applicant to schedule their campus visit. While we prefer to limit school-day visits to students who have applied for admission, we have on occasion scheduled visits for students who simply curious to learn more about MPH.  Our Admissions staff will be happy to discuss a possible visit with you and make any necessary arrangements. 

 How do I apply?

All applications begin with the submission of our Online Application. You will then receive an email containing instructions to help you submit any supplemental items that are required, such as Teacher Recommendation Forms and School Records.  Our Admissions staff will provide personalized guidance every step of the way to ensure your application is completed and can be reviewed as quickly as possible.

Is there an application deadline?

Families interested in enrolling for Fall 2015 are encouraged to apply by January 31st,  in time for our first round of admissions decisions.  After January 31st, we will continue to accept applications and make admissions decisions on a rolling basis until all available spaces are filled.  It is never “too late” to explore or apply to MPH.  Even if your desired grade level is full, we will add you to our wait lists and retain your application on file for up to two years.

When will I know if I am being offered admission?

Applicants being offered admission to MPH are sent an Acceptance Packet that includes enrollment paperwork necessary to return if you choose to accept the space being offered.  We ask that families make their decision within 10 business days of receiving their packet.  Acceptance Packets are first sent after the first round of admissions decisions in early February, then on a rolling basis throughout the spring and summer until all available spaces have been filled.

Financial Assistance

Who is eligible to receive Financial Aid?

Financial Aid is awarded to families of qualified applicants who cannot afford the full cost of enrollment.  Our Admissions staff is happy to speak with prospective families about the possibility of receiving financial aid and whether or not there is aid available to meet your need.  We invite you to contact us anytime to begin that discussion. 

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

All families are given the option to complete the optional Parent’s Financial Statement through School & Student Services (SSS) once they’ve submitted MPH’s online application for admission.  SSS reviews each Parent’s Financial Statement, then applies a methodology that determines the amount a family can contribute towards tuition. This number, called the “Estimated Family Contribution” (EFC) is then shared with the Office of Admissions for use in their decision making process. 

When are Financial Aid decisions made?

Financial Aid decisions are made on a case-by-case basis after the student has completed their application to the School and been approved for admission. Families that apply for admission early in the admissions season have the best chance at receiving financial aid since that is when the most funding is available. Formal notification of financial aid awards are enclosed in the MPH Acceptance Packet. Families then have all the information they need to decide if they will accept the space being offered and return the required enrollment paperwork to the Office of Admissions.

I don’t believe I will qualify for Financial Aid.  Are merit scholarships available?

Beginning in 2015-2016, all financial assistance awarded by the School will be based upon demonstration of financial need.  While MPH does have some scholarships available, they are restricted to applicants eligible to receive need-based financial aid as determined by School & Student Services and awarded as part of financial aid packages.

What is the Malone Scholarship?

The Malone Scholarship is a very special award made possible by our affiliation with The Malone Family Foundation, which was founded in 1997 by John Malone to gifted students attend exceptional independent secondary schools. In 2010, MPH was selected for endowment by The Malone Family Foundation, sharing this distinction with only 49 schools nationwide.  Each year, MPH enrolls new Malone Scholars who meets the specific criteria of the award.  Malone Scholarships are available beginning in Grade 7. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you would like to learn more about the Malone Scholarship and its application process.


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Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Nicole Cicoria
Director of Admissions
315/446-2452, ext. 131