The mission of Madison Country Day School

is to provide an intellectually stimulating, personally 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.

Enrollment

Total Enrollment: 452

2018
1997

Enrollment by Division

Average class size
Lower School (Pre-K–Grade 4)17616
Middle School (Grades 5–8)14919
High School (Grades 9–12)12716
Teacher-to-student ratio8:1

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.

Student Demographics

304 MCDS families come from
32 different zip codes around the area:

MCDS zip codes pie chart 2018-19
Madison41%
Waunakee14%
Middleton14%
Sun Prairie14%
Other12%
Verona / Fitchburg5%

26% Ethnic diversity:

MCDS ethnic diversity pie chart 2018-19
White / Caucasian66%
Asian, Indian subcontinent10%
Did not respond7%
Multiracial7%
Black / African American4%
Hispanic / Latino3%
Other2%
Prefer not to answer1%

Athletics

13high school varsity teams and K-12 athletic opportunities

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019Trailways Conference Championship titles(High School Golf)
2015, 2016, 2019WIAA Sectional Champion(High School Golf)
2016, 2017, 2019Trailways Conference Tournament Championship winner
2018, 2019Second place in Wisconsin State Championship(High School Golf)
2017Inaugural WIAA Award of Excellence(MCDS High School Athletics)
2013WIAA Division III Track & Field Championshipin the 800-in the 800-meter run (Aiden Campbell ’16)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

Located in Waunakee, Wisconsin

MCDS is closer than you think:

Middleton

9.2 miles

Sun Prairie

10.9 miles

Downtown Madison

9.2 miles

Verona

18.7 miles

Fitchburg

16.6 miles

Memberships & Accreditations

International Baccalaureate (IB) logo

Tuition Assistance & Merit Scholarships

Tuition Assistance

financial aid available,
K–grade 12

Merit Scholarships

available, grades 5–9

36.5%

of MCDS families receive tuition assistance.

Academic Profile of MCDS Graduates

2007-2018

9

National Merit Finalists
(1 additional National Merit Semi-Finalist
from Class of 2019)

10

National Merit
Commended Students
(1 additional National Merit Commended Student from Class of 2019)

3

National Hispanic Recognition Awards

1

National Achievement Award

2

AIME Qualifiers
(American Invitational Mathematics Examinations,
Mathematical Association of America)

College Advising & Acceptances

One-to-one personalized college advising begins in

9th grade.

100%

of MCDS graduates
pursue postsecondary education.

95%

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

$20,000 to $25,000

and are renewable for 4 years.

204

different colleges

have accepted MCDS graduates.

See list of college acceptances

Teaching and Admin Staff

85

Faculty / staff / administration

20

Lower school faculty

18

Middle school faculty

15

High school faculty

11

Academic support staff

4

Academic leadership

17

Administrative staff

Revenue & Expenses

2018–2019 Fiscal Year
Revenue (2018-19 Fiscal Year)
Net Tuition and Fees87.80%
Donations10.60%
Summer Discovery1.36%
Building Rentals0.24%
Expenses (2018-19 Fiscal Year)
Compensation and Benefits72.71%
Instructional Expenses11.11%
Building, Equipment, and Grounds7.08%
Administrative5.55%
Finance2.19%
Busing and Transportation1.36%

These results are from unaudited financial statements.

Faculty Experience

15

years experience (average)

6

years at MCDS (average)

Success on Academic Test Scores

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) scores

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

MAP tests math scores bar chart
MAP tests math scores bar chart
MAP tests language scores bar chart
MCDS
National norms*

*Most recent national norms report: https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2015/11/Normative-Data-2015.pdf

History

1997

MCDS opens

2000

First theater production

2003

High school opens with first ninth grade class

2004

First exchange students to Ecuador

2005

MCDS earns ISACS accreditation

2006

First exchange students to Japan

2007

First high school graduating class

2008

MCDS becomes the first area IB World School.

2009

First high school varsity sports team

2012

MCDS begins its 9th Grade Academy.

2019

MCDS alumni number over 150 graduates.