Valuing the MCDS education
The life-long benefits of a strong work ethic, self-confidence, creative thinking, and a love of learning are difficult to quantify. While MCDS tuition remains well below the average tuition cost for U.S. independent schools, we recognize the significant commitment each family must make to join the MCDS community.
Tangible Benefits of MCDS – What does your money pay for versus public school?
Independent school, non-profit, self-governing body free from politics and bureaucracy.
8:1 Student/teacher ratio and smaller class sizes.
World-proven curriculum and teaching methods that deliver superior results, exceeding local and national test levels.
Accessible and dedicated faculty, providing continuous communication of individual progress.
Important subjects often missing from other programs: Science, Spanish, Music, Art, PE – all with specialized teachers beginning in Lower School.
Semi-private musical instrument lessons, beginning with piano in first grade. (See back page for more information.)
Character education program, embracing values such as respect, honesty, responsibility, and community service.
Full day of school, from 8am to 3:30pm, with convenient after-school activities, athletics, library, computer lab and child care options.
Well-kept secure facility, modern science labs, expansive gymnasium, inspiring classrooms and prairie-filled 75 acre campus ideal for our hands-on science program, joyful recesses and extra-curricular activities.
Comprehensive college advising program, beginning in ninth grade.
Motivated and inclusive peer group which enjoys and values learning.
Intangible Benefits of MCDS
Mindset of limitless possibilities, where no boundaries are set on what your child can achieve.
Community where each student is truly known and valued for their individuality.
Work ethic, self-confidence, leadership and teamwork skills that flourish from great expectations.
Cost of educating a student at MCDS
Actual cost of educating an MCDS student is approximately $2,500 greater than tuition charged. Like many independent schools, MCDS is committed to building a culturally and economically diverse body, and keeping tuition reasonable is critical to our success. The Annual Fund raises funds to make up the gap each year.
Tuition: After enrollment deposit, tuition may be paid in one, two or eleven installments.
Building Use Fee: $450 per family, standard independent school fee used solely for routine facility expenses. Fee can be offset through participation in the Scrip program.
Financial Aid: A generous financial aid program supports our efforts to enroll qualified students regardless of financial status. A wide range of families, including those with multiple children, may qualify for financial aid.
Merit Scholarships: High school applicants and students can also apply for an MCDS merit scholarship, awarded to students demonstrating academic excellence, personal responsibility, integrity and citizenship.
The cost of books is included in tuition and there are no mandatory fundraising requirements.