The mission of Madison Country Day School

is to provide an intellectually stimulatingpersonally enriching, and academically challenging program in the liberal arts and sciences to an able and diverse student body; measure the curriculum and student achievement against the finest programs in the world; and contribute to the larger community by developing effective educational programs to serve as models for other private and public schools.

Core Philosophies

Every child possesses an extraordinary capacity to learn.

Effort is generally more important than ability.

Madison Country Day School is Dane County’s only independent Pre-K–12 school, offering a challenging and comprehensive college‑preparatory education, including the Madison area’s only International Baccalaureate program. In an environment where each community member is truly known, MCDS students develop a deep knowledge base and life-long critical and creative thinking skills.


Total Enrollment: 451

Lower School (Pre-K–Grade 4)
Average Class Size
Middle School (Grades 5–8)
Average Class Size
High School (Grades 9–12)
Average Class Size

School Day & After-School Programs

8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
(arrival begins at 7:45 a.m.)
Extended Day
on drop-in basis until 6 p.m.


14high school varsity teams and K-12 athletic opportunities. Club sports also available.
  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Trailways Conference Championship titles (High School Golf)
  • 2015, 2016, 2019 WIAA Sectional Champion (High School Golf)
  • 2016, 2017, 2019 Trailways Conference Tournament Championship winner
  • 2018, 2019 Second place in Wisconsin State Championship (High School Golf)
  • 2017 Inaugural WIAA Award of Excellence (MCDS High School Athletics)
  • 2013 WIAA Division III Track & Field Championship in the 800-meter run (Aiden Campbell ’16)

40-acre campus

hosting a well-kept secure facility, modern science labs, expansive gymnasium, inspiring classrooms, Makerspace, dedicated music rooms, athletic fields, track, prairie, and access to Yahara River

Memberships & Accreditations

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Tuition Assistance & Merit Scholarships

Tuition Assistance
financial aid available, K–grade 12
Merit Scholarships
available, grades 5–10


of MCDS families receive tuition assistance.

College Advising & Acceptances

One-to-one personalized
college advising begins in
9th grade.


of MCDS graduates pursue postsecondary education.


of MCDS graduates have been offered college merit aid awards that average

$25000and are renewable for 4 years.
280different colleges

have accepted MCDS graduates.

See list of college acceptances

Revenue & Expenses*

2019–2020 Fiscal Year

Pie chart: Revenue 2019-20
  • ^Net Tuition and Fees 91.60%
  • ^Donations 7.30%
  • ^Summer Discovery 1.10%
Pie chart: Expenses 2019-20
  • ^Compensation and Benefits 73.47%
  • ^Instructional Expenses 9.96%
  • ^Building, Equipment, and Grounds 7.00%
  • ^Administrative 5.30%
  • ^Finance 3.10%
  • ^Busing and Transportation 1.20%

These results are from unaudited financial statements.
* MCDS received $1.1M through the Paycheck Protection Program in spring 2020. 100% of these funds were spent on faculty and staff salaries and benefits, and the funds were fully spent by July 2020.

Success on Academic Test Scores

ACT scores

MCDS class of 2020 had an average composite score of29.7

Including 2 students with a perfect score of

36(Wisconsin statewide average is 20.5).

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) scores

Our students generally score two or more years ahead of grade level national normative equivalents.



MCDS opens


First theatre production


High school opens with first ninth grade class


First exchange students to Ecuador


MCDS earns ISACS accreditation


First exchange students to Japan


First high school graduating class


MCDS becomes the first area IB World School.


First high school varsity sports team


MCDS begins its 9th Grade Academy.


MCDS alumni number over 150 graduates.