Get your badge
Award Winners

NBRS Badge for PS 290 Manhattan New School

PS 290 Manhattan New School - New York, NY

MNS is a community of learners who question and investigate.

MNS is a community of learners who question and investigate.

Manhattan New School (MNS) is a progressive neighborhood school on the Upper East Side of New York City, a community that infuses a vibrant social emotional curriculum with rigorous academics. We pride ourselves on taking the whole child into consideration, thinking about a child's natural curiosity while encouraging perseverance, agency, and independence. The dynamic partnership between families, staff, and students coupled with the collaborative efforts of teachers, staff developers, and administration has helped to create an engaged and supportive community.

The development of critical thinking skills is paramount to all of our students' academic experiences with the goal of developing an informed group of global citizens. Students at MNS have multiple opportunities to investigate the big ideas, ask questions, and consistently reflect on their own learning. Kids are excited, engaged, and eager about exploration and learning. Staff members go the extra mile to supplement the curriculum, providing every student, regardless of their different level of skills, the same learning opportunities.

A growth mindset philosophy has guided our practice with the belief that our students learn to view challenges as opportunities for exploration and growth. Mindfulness and gratitude are practiced each week during our whole-school Mindful Monday Check-Ins and Monthly Mindful Read Alouds. All of these rituals and routines are embedded in every classroom and throughout the curriculum to create a climate of warmth, inclusion, and safety for all students to take risks and feel a sense of belonging.

PS 290 Manhattan New School

311 E 82nd Street
New York, NY, 10028-4103

(212) 734-7127

Ms. Doreen Esposito, Principal at time of Nomination

New York City Geographic District # 2

School Website


Manhattan New School is committed to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture where our rigorous academic and social emotional curriculum reflects the intellectual curiosity of our students, preparing them for academic success and responsible citizenship.

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 70%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%