At MCDS, We Value and Develop the Whole Child

Our admissions process reflects our commitment to each student as we gather a “portfolio of the whole child” which includes:
• Completed application form, with background on your child’s strengths, favorite activities, and interest in MCDS,
• Previous school records and teacher recommendations,
• Class visit,
• Assessment of current academic knowledge, including ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) for Fifth through Twelfth Grade.

Class Visits
Class visits are an enjoyable and valuable part of the application process. Visitors experience everyday life as MCDS students, meet new friends, and participate in class. Visitors are paired with an MCDS “buddy” who will take them through the day, sit with them at lunch, introduce them to other students and teachers, and answer questions about MCDS.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Visits
Class visits range from one hour to half-day.

Visitors enjoy social time with peers, classroom exploration and one-on-one time with a teacher to focus on school “readiness.”

Lower School Visits
Class visits range from half-day to full-day.

Visitors experience the daily routine of a lower school student and enjoy individual time with a teacher to complete internal academic assessments.

Middle School and High School Visits
Class visits are encouraged to be full-day.

Visitors can experience the seminar-style classes, advisory program, and engaging teachers that make MCDS unique, as well as complete standard assessments.

Applying for Financial Aid
A robust financial aid program supports our efforts to enroll qualified students regardless of financial status. Financial aid is available for students in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade, awarded confidentially on an annual basis. A wide range of families, including those with multiple children, may qualify for financial aid. Financial aid application forms can be found easily on the MCDS website.

Application Fee
There is a non-refundable application fee of $100 ($300 for international applicants). Applicants for Fifth through Twelfth Grades are responsible for the cost of the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) registration.

“MCDS wants every student to be happy and successful. We truly value the opportunity to get to know you and your family. Please let us know how we can help you learn more about MCDS and complete the admissions process.”

—Amy Maier, Director of Enrollment, Pre-Kindergarten–Grade 2
and Caitlin Wedekind, Director of Enrollment, Grade 3–Grade 12


MCDS does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring and employment practices, admission policies, scholarship and grant programs, or athletic and other school administered programs.