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.


MCS Standard of Excellence

Manhattan Catholic Schools is state-accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education  and AdvancED of NCA-CASI.  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. 

New assessments for Math and English Language Arts were developed in Kansas during the 2015-2016 school year.  Science was developed for the 2016-2017 school year with new Social Studies assessments being developed for the 2018-2019 school year.

Find out more about MCS's high academic standards in the KSDE State's Report Card.  These are issued yearly and include demographics of our school as well.

STREAM Program

New since the 2016-17 academic year, MCS has instituted a one-of-a-kind STREAM 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. 

2017-2018 Kansas State Assessment Scores for MCS Grades 3-8 & Iowa Assessments 2-8



Kansas State Assessment Scores 2017-18
MCS performed extremely well on the 2017-18 Kansas Assessments. We just received scores and I am proud of our students and teachers. 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!

 2018_English_Language_Arts State Assessments 

 2018_Mathematics State Assessments

 2018_Science State Assessments

We completed Iowa Assessments for the 2017-2018 school year in September for grades 1-8.  We completed the newly designed electronic testing platform for all grades this year.  The testing went well with the addition of new technology infrastructure from the capital improvements.  New fiber optic cables, technology drops and wireless has improved our instruction and testing immensely.  Purchasing chromebooks for all grade 4-8 students has been awesome!  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 Iowa Assessment in the Fall testing period.  School percentile ranks are listed below.  We will raise these scores next year since the students will become more familiar with the testing platform.

2nd Grade:  82%ile

3rd Grade:  73%ile

4th Grade:  76%ile

5th Grade:  73%ile

6th Grade:  67%ile

7th Grade:  77%ile

8th Grade:  83%ile

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

  • Young People’s Concert

  • Sunset Zoo

  • 100th Day Celebration

  • May Crowning

First Grade

  • Fire Department Truck

  • Young People’s Concert

  • 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 Mike Hubka