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While each student has a unique learning profile, our typical students have average to above average cognitive ability and have been diagnosed with language-based learning disabilities. All of our students require a small, specialized learning environment to meet their true potentials. Some other possible characteristics of our students:
A small number of our students have been diagnosed with non-verbal learning disabilities. Our program does not have the necessary level of support and services required for students diagnosed with autism, cognitive impairments, or emotional and behavioral disabilities.
See our definition of Learning Disabilities
Mary McDowell Friends School (MMFS) is a K–12 college preparatory program. Students are accepted from kindergarten age through eleventh grade. We cannot accept applications for students entering twelfth grade.
In order to review an application, our admissions team requires the following:
Though most families apply in the fall and early winter, we follow a rolling admissions policy and accept applications throughout the academic year for all three divisions for September enrollment.
Our graduates are admitted to and attend competitive colleges. MMFS offers an academically rigorous college preparatory program. The goal of our college guidance program is to educate and counsel students and families to make choices that reflect the interests, abilities, and needs of each student. See a list of colleges our students are attending or have attended.
There is no typical length of stay for our students. Some of our students will be ready for a mainstream school after a limited number of years at MMFS, while others benefit from the structure and support of our program through high school graduation.
Families come from all five boroughs, with the majority coming from Brooklyn and Manhattan. We also have students who reside in New Jersey and Long Island.
Yes. Mary McDowell Friends School is committed to offering financial aid, based on need and availability of funds. At MMFS, we believe that financial means should not prevent students from receiving the highest-quality education possible. MMFS strives to provide financial aid to as many families as possible. Parents interested in financial aid must fill out an online application through SmartAid.
Yes. Our lower and middle schools have afterschool programs Monday through Friday for an additional fee. Snack, recess, homework help, and enrichment classes are all part of the program. Please visit our Afterschool Program page for more detailed information.
All faculty, staff, and eligible students must be vaccinated against COVID-19.