MCDS at a Glance

  • Upon establishing the school in 1997, MCDS’ founders searched the world for the best curricula to engage students in the classroom and prepare them for an increasingly complex world.
  • Adding grades each year, MCDS launched MCDS High School in 2003 and has graduated twelve classes with 100% of alumni accepted at top and best-match colleges.
  • In 2008, MCDS became the first area International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.
  • In 2012, MCDS began its 9th Grade Academy.
  • In 2015, MCDS built its athletics program to offer 12 high school varsity sports.
  • In 2017, MCDS alumni reached over 100 graduates.
Our Facilities
  • 40-acre campus hosting a well-kept secure facility, modern science labs, expansive gymnasium, inspiring classrooms, Makerspace, dedicated music rooms (band, choir, and orchestra), athletics fields, track, prairie, and access to Yahara River.
Student Demographics
  • MCDS celebrates each student’s unique background.
  • MCDS families (304 families) come from a wide range of 32 different zip codes around the area: Madison (41%), Waunakee (14%), Middleton (14%), Sun Prairie (14%), Verona and Fitchburg (5%), Other (12%).
  • Ethnic diversity: 26%
  • Students receiving financial aid: 36.5%
Enrollment by Division
  • Total Enrollment: 452
  • Lower School (Pre-K–Fourth Grade): 176
  • Middle School (Fifth Grade–Eighth Grade): 149
  • High School (Ninth Grade–Twelfth Grade): 127
Teaching Staff
  • Our nationally and internationally recruited faculty are exceptionally trained and passionate about teaching.
  • The average MCDS teacher has 14 total years of teaching experience and has been here for more than 6 years.
  • Average class size: 16 (lower school), 19 (middle school), and 16 (high school).
  • ISACS: Independent Schools Association of Central States
  • MCDS is a member of NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools)
  • IB World School
School Day & After-School Programs
  • The school day is from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (arrival begins at 7:45 a.m.).
  • Our Extended Day program is offered to all students in Pre-K through grade 8.
  • After-school activities include sports, theater, and significant variety of clubs and leadership opportunities.
MCDS Fast Facts (PDF)