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.
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: 452
Enrollment by Division
|Average class size|
|Lower School (Pre-K–Grade 4)||176||16|
|Middle School (Grades 5–8)||149||19|
|High School (Grades 9–12)||127||16|
School Day & After-School Programs
8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
(arrival begins at 7:45 a.m.)
on drop-in basis until 6 p.m.
304 MCDS families come from
32 different zip codes around the area:
26% Ethnic diversity:
13high school varsity teams and K-12 athletic opportunities
40-acre campushosting 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:
Memberships & Accreditations
Tuition Assistance & Merit Scholarships
financial aid available,
available, grades 5–9
of MCDS families receive tuition assistance.
Academic Profile of MCDS Graduates
National Merit Finalists
(1 additional National Merit Semi-Finalist
from Class of 2019)
(1 additional National Merit Commended Student from Class of 2019)
National Hispanic Recognition Awards
National Achievement Award
(American Invitational Mathematics Examinations,
Mathematical Association of America)
College Advising & Acceptances
One-to-one personalized college advising begins in
of MCDS graduates
pursue postsecondary education.
of MCDS graduates
have been offered
college merit aid awards
$20,000 to $25,000
and are renewable for 4 years.
have accepted MCDS graduates.
Teaching and Admin Staff
Faculty / staff / administration
Lower school faculty
Middle school faculty
High school faculty
Academic support staff
Revenue & Expenses
2018–2019 Fiscal Year
These results are from unaudited financial statements.
years experience (average)
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.
*Most recent national norms report: https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2015/11/Normative-Data-2015.pdf
First theater 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.