MCS Academics

Manhattan Catholic Schools is proud of our academic curriculum and the development of our students. Our primary goal for instruction is to provide learning experiences which most effectively inculcate worthwhile attitudes and impart the knowledge and skills necessary for the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical development of each student.

MCS utilizes the latest technology in the classroom along with quality curriculum by education leaders like Harcourt, Scott Foresman, Pearson Education, MacMillan/McGraw-Hill and others for age-appropriate learning opportunities for your children.

Our Preschool curriculum for 3- and 4-year olds incorporates play into learning in a loving, cooperative environment.


Online Resources for Parents

MCS supports enriched learning beyond the classroom and recognizes that parents/guardians are a child's greatest teacher. These resources are available to support your child's learning and well-being.

Healthy Kids Challenge encourages families to be active together and support healthy nutrition for a lifelong well-being.

CMG Connect is an online resource to educate children about the healthy use of the Internet, risk factors and create open communication with children about electronics.


Our Standard of Excellence

Manhattan Catholic Schools is state-accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education. Manhattan Catholic Schools has received high accolades from KSDE with recognition in the Standard of Excellence during the program's existence from 2000- 2012. The categories MCS has been acknowledged in are Math, Reading, Science and Writing.

Find out more about MCS's high academic standards in the KSDE state's report card, most recently assessed in 2013-14.

STEM Program

New for the 2016-17 academic year, MCS has instituted a one-of-a-kind STEM program to enhance learning in four areas: science, technology, engineering and math. Our unique curriculum goes beyond traditional models of creating, building, and problem-solving, giving our students a hands-on approach. You can learn more about our STEM coordinator and programs on the classroom page.

2016-2017 ITBS Scores for MCS Grades 3-8

We completed Iowa Test of Basic Skills for the 2016-2017 school year in September for grades 3-8.  We will share individual scores with parents at Parent Teacher Conferences October 20 & 21 as well as the below mentioned Kansas Assessments from last year.  I can't begin to express the joy we have in the achievement of our students!

The school performed exceptionally well.  The listed percentile ranks below are comparative to schools across the nation that took the ITBS tests in the Fall testing period.  First and second grade will take their ITBS tests in the Spring when the others take state assessments.

3rd Grade:  92%
4th Grade:  95%
5th Grade:  89%
6th Grade:  83%
7th Grade:  98%
8th Grade:  95%

Kansas State Assessment Scores 2015-16
MCS performed extremely well on the 2015-16 Kansas Assessments. We just received scores from last year's assessment and I am proud of our students. Compared to the Salina Diocese and the State of Kansas, our students performed exceptionally well. Our students keep Christ in their daily lives and get an outstanding academic education.

If you want your children to be part of a Christ-centered school that excels academically and still provides athletic and academic programs which are comparable or exceeds public education, please call the office for more information about enrolling your child at MCS. Our classes average 16 students per class and our students receive more attention than public school which are averaging over 25 students per class. Check out our scores!

MCS Math State Assessments 2015-16

MCS English_Language_Arts State Assessments 2015-16

Enriched Learning

Manhattan Catholic Schools supports healthy learning opportunities within and beyond the classroom. Each grade's curriculum is enriched with age-appropriate activities such as these:


All Grades

  • Catholic Schools Week

  • Veterans Day Parade

  • Field Day

  • Talent Show

  • Winter & Spring Music concert

  • Grandparent’s Day

  • Science Fair (Required for 6-7)

  • Geography Bee (4-8)

  • History Bee (5-8)

  • Spelling Bee (4-8)

  • Wide Horizons


  • Fire Department Truck

  • Book Buddies (with 3rd grade)

  • Young People’s Concert

  • Sunset Zoo

  • 100th Day Celebration

  • May Crowning

First Grade

  • Fire Department Truck

  • Young People’s Concert

  • Book Buddies (with 4th) Grade

  • 100th Day of School


Second Grade

  • Book Buddies (with 5th Grade)

  • Make Bread for First Communion

  • Beach Art Museum

  • Make Rosaries

  • Theater at McCain

  • Young People’s concert

  • Riley County Extension Lessons

  • Fire Department Truck

  • Wonder Workshop

Third Grade

  • Book Buddies w/Kindergarten

  • William Allen White

  • Kansas Ag. Day

  • Catholic Schools Week Mass

  • Biography Report

  • Soil Conservation Contest

  • Book-It Program

  • Young People’s Concert

  • Beach Museum


Fourth Grade

  • States’ Fair

  • Book-It Program

  • Rolling Hills Zoo Field Trip

  • Grandparent’s Day Mass

  • Recorders

  • Tuesday Mass Lectors

  • Wolf House Museum

  • Book Buddies w/First Grade

  • Beach Museum

Fifth Grade

  • STARBase

  • Altar Serving

  • Guardian Angels for Kindergarten

  • Band

  • Singing at both parishes during CSW

  • McCain Auditorium Theatre

  • Konza Prairie Field Trip

  • Flag salute (raising/lowering)

Sixth Grade

  • Science Fair

  • History Fair

  • Band & Honor’s Choir

  • Student Council

  • MLK, Jr.Writing Contest

  • Vocations Day with Diocese

  • Sponsor Spring Dance (for Eighth grade)

  • MCS Cardinal Athletics: Volleyball,
    Boys' & Girls' Basketball, Track


Seventh Grade

  • Science Fair

  • Topeka Field Trip

  • Band & Honors Choir

  • Student Council

  • MLK Jr. Essay Contest

  • Veteran’s Day Writing Contest

  • Host Graduation Breakfast

  • Sponsor Winter Dance

  • MCS Cardinal Athletics: Volleyball, Football,
    Boys' & Girls'Basketball, Track

  • Scholar’s Bowl


Eighth Grade

  • Student Council

  • Band & Honors Choir

  • Sponsor Fall Dance

  • Veterans Day Contest

  • MLK Jr. Essay Contest

  • Produce the yearbook & monthly
    newsletter (Messenger)

  • Living Stations of the Cross

  • Field Trip to Worlds of Fun

  • MCS Cardinal Athletics: Volleyball, Football,
    Boys' & Girls' Basketball, Track

  • Scholar’s Bowl

  • Graduation


Counseling: All grades

  • Olweus Bullying Prevention

  • Character Education/Fruits of the Holy Spirit

  • Group Counseling

  • Individual Counseling

  • Military Group

  • Community Resources/

  • Child Lures Program

  • Human Sexuality - New Creations

Enriched learning opportunities are
subject to change based on
curriculum needs and program availability.
For more information, please contact
principal Scott Hulshoff.