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Independent Schools

What makes MPH different from other schools in CNY?

Manlius Pebble Hill School is the area’s only independents school. That means we are free from the constraints of the Common Core and able to engage students in rigorous academic and extracurricular programs that far exceed what is required to meet standardized goals. Our highly personalized, whole-child approach to education can’t be found anywhere else in Central New York.  With an alumni network over 4,500 strong, MPH has a long history of educating tomorrow’s leaders.  MPH makes a world of difference in the lives of our students; our graduates go on to make a difference in the world.

 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.

MPH

How many students attend MPH?
Approximately 325 students are enrolled at MPH in Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.  Our students hail from over 30 area school districts and 3 foreign countries.

What are the school hours?
Our school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and dismiss at 3:05 p.m. Early drop-off and after-hours programs are available for busy parents.

Does MPH offer extended-day programs?
MPH offers extended-day programming in Lower and Middle School. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:40 a.m. for no charge and picked up as late as 5:30pm for a reasonable fee based upon use. Please research Lower School Extended Day and Middle School After-Hours Program for more detailed information.  

What is the average class size? Our class sizes average approximately 15 students to one teacher. The overall 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 provides van transportation from Skaneateles and Utica/New Hartford for an annual fee. 

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?
Our college-preparatory curriculum and history of exceptional college placement is a large reason parents enroll their children at MPH. Each year, our graduates go on to study at 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 highly-personalized College Counseling program helps students find the best-fit placement for their academic and personal goals.

Admissions

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 several Events & Open Houses designed to help families explore our campus and community.  The best way to explore MPH is to visit our campus and witness first-hand the unique learning environment we offer.

What do you look for in an applicant?
MPH aims 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. We also 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?

All applicants visit MPH for a day as part of our admissions process. While we prefer to limit school-day visits to students who have applied for admission, we can also schedule 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 receive a confirmation email containing instructions to help you submit any required supplemental items, 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?

MPH has a limited number of spaces available each year. For the best chance at being offered an available space, apply early for the following school year (we recommend applying between January and March for the following September). Admissions decisions are 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.

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 able complete the optional Parent’s Financial Statement through School & Student Services (SSS) as part of their application to MPH.  Completion of the Parent’s Financial Statement helps MPH determines your eligibility for aid. Our Admissions staff communicates directly with applicants regarding their eligibility to receive Financial Aid.

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.

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

All financial assistance awarded by the School is based upon demonstration of financial need.  While some scholarships are available, they are restricted to applicants eligible to receive need-based financial aid as determined by School & Student Services.

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.

 

Something we didn’t answer?  Please contact us- we are happy to answer your questions!

 

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Nicole Cicoria
Director of Admissions
315/446-2452, ext. 131
ncicoria@mph.net