Character Education

Developing Character as Well as Intellect

Our emphasis on students’ character development is critical to becoming leaders at MCDS and in our greater communities. It is a part of the students’ education that will never receive a letter grade but is an essential part of their future success and well-being.

This focus on character and leadership occurs throughout the grade levels. In Lower School, students learn values such as honesty and fairness through our monthly character themes. In Middle and High School, the advisory program supports students in becoming effective leaders and developing an understanding of community service during the trials and tribulations of adolescence. Weekly all-school morning assemblies highlight these values and develop a cohesive school community from Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade.

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Individual Character
Honesty, independence, self-respect, and personal responsibility

Intellect
Curiosity, creative problem-solving, and a sense of wonder about the world

Community
The ability to resolve conflicts through cooperation, empathy for individuals, respect for differences, and active service for others