Marcy Mann was appointed Associate Head for Academic Affairs in 2011. She has been a division head at three schools, as Upper School Head at Nightingale-Bamford and as Middle School Director at The Calhoun School and The Hackley School. She holds an advanced degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, and has attended the Principal's Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a Associate Director of the New York State Association of Independent Schools Emerging Leaders Institute, a 2-year program that helps cultivate and train future independent school leaders.
Professional Children's School provides a well-rounded, college preparatory education to students in grades 6-12. Working with young people who are pursuing careers or rigorous pre-professional training while attending a college preparatory school requires flexibility on the part of the faculty. With approximately 200 students and 26 faculty members, students and teachers forge close relationships in supporting students reach their academic goals. While the mission of the school remains the same, the academic program at PCS has grown ever more rigorous since its founding in 1914. Today, the overwhelming majority of PCS graduates attend college or conservatory immediately upon graduation; the remainder choose to continue their pre-professional training or professional careers.
Especially in the upper school years, the professional training and other commitments of students may make demands on students' time and interests, yet PCS diploma requirements provide for a broad background in fundamental academic disciplines. Since the school’s earliest days, some PCS students have needed to keep up with their studies while away from school for professional reasons through a program called Guided Study. Today, technology makes that process easier, and PCS is committed to being a school whose program enables students to learn in part through online exchange of ideas, content and instruction. This commitment allows PCS to better serve its mission of educating professional and pre-professional students while preparing them to live and learn in our increasingly connected world.
Professional Children's School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls, the Headmistresses Association of the East and the New York City Guild of Independent Schools.
Marcy Mann, Associate Head for Academic Affairs