Alumni & Exmissions

Negotiating on-going schools is a daunting process in New York City.  We have a well established plan of guidance available to our families as they determine the best elementary school for their child.  We begin our work with families 18 months before kindergarten entry.  This involves several personalized meetings with Jorinda Moorhead, Executive Director, weekly email updates on all news relevant to applying to schools and connecting with other families who have recently gone through the ex-missions process. 


Our Alumni go on to attend some of the most prestigious private schools, Hunter College Elementary, City-Wide and District Gifted and Talented programs in the city.

In the past two years, our students have been accepted at:

Allen Stevenson

Bank Street



Cathedral of St. John the Divine



Columbia-Grammar and Preparatory School


Ethical Culture

Nightingale-Bamford School

St. David’s

St. Hilda’s/St.Hugh’s

Trevor Day



Exmissions Testimonials

"Since we knew we were sending our children to public schools, we thought that ex-missions wouldn’t be an important part of our preschool experience. Wrong! When we were confronted with the array of choices, lotteries and ever-shifting rules for public schools we realized how lucky we were to have a preschool director with such a vast knowledge  – both of the process and the individual schools themselves. Jorinda’s mission is to make sure that every Morningside family finds a placement that works well for their child – regardless of whether they are looking at independent or public schools. In the case of the latter, that can mean working with families throughout the summer, and even into the Kindergarten year. When our child graduated from MMS, Jorinda didn't just write us off as “all set.” She continued to be our partner in the ongoing school process and provide us with her expertise and advice." - Anonymous

"Our son attended MMS as a toddler through to Pre-K, graduating in June 2013.  He had a wonderful three years, enjoying all the benefits that an MMS education has to offer.  As new parents to the New York private and public school systems, we found the ex-missions guidance provided by Executive Director Jorinda Moorhead to be invaluable.  Jorinda takes the time to really get to know each child, and helped us identify the schools that our son would be best suited for. Jorinda then did a great job of preparing us for the interview process and reaching out to the Admissions Directors at our target schools. Our son was accepted at the Dalton school, where he started Kindergarten in September 2013." - Colin Palombo

"MMS's Executive Director Jorinda Moorhead was a wonderful resource, guide, and champion as we navigated the ex-missions process for our daughter.  Every step of the way, we felt incredibly supported.  Jorinda knows each MMS child as an individual.  She is deeply knowledgeable about the full range of school options in the city, both private and public, and she works hard to find the best fit for each child.  We felt that our daughter's ex-missions process was in expert hands." - Suzanne Kim & Doug Yatter

"Throughout the admissions process Jorinda listened carefully to what was important to us, gave great advice and honest feedback and was always available to talk with us. The size of MMS allows Jorinda to get to know all of the children and their families well; as a result, we had very productive conversations about which schools might be the best fit for our child and worked with Jorinda on a roadmap for the private school admissions process. Once we got the opportunity to learn more about each school it was clear her assessments were right on the mark. Most importantly though, Jorinda's leadership of MMS cultivated a school that instilled a love of learning in our child that allowed her to confidently go through the many admissions visits and seamlessly transition to kindergarten -- for that we will always be so thankful to Jorinda!" - Anonymous

"Going through the exmissions process highlighted what we find to be truly special about MMS which is how deeply the teachers and Jorinda "get" each child. This was clearly demonstrated in the thoughtful and detailed teacher reports and conferences throughout our MMS years and in our meetings with Jorinda about exmissions. The teachers' and Jorinda's keen observations and insights were always spot on and even revelatory. It is a wonderful feeling knowing how well MMS knows and nurtures each child." - Anonymous