At MCDS, We Value and Develop the Whole Child

Our admissions process reflects our commitment to each student as we gather a “portfolio of the whole child.”

Class Visits

Class visits are an enjoyable and valuable part of the application process. Visitors experience everyday life as MCDS students, meet new friends, and participate in class. Visitors are paired with an MCDS “buddy” who will take them through the day, sit with them at lunch, introduce them to other students and teachers, and answer questions about MCDS.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Visits

Class visits range from half-day to full day. Visitors enjoy social time with peers, classroom exploration and one-on-one time with a teacher to focus on school “readiness.”

Lower School Visits

Class visits are encouraged to be full-day. Visitors experience the daily routine of a lower school student and enjoy individual time with a teacher to complete internal academic assessments.

Middle School and High School Visits

Class visits are encouraged to be full-day. Visitors can experience the seminar-style classes, advisory program, and engaging teachers that make MCDS unique, as well as complete standard assessments.

Applying for Tuition Assistance

Madison Country Day School’s financial aid program supports our efforts to enroll qualified students regardless of financial status. Our need-based program is available to students in Kindergarten through grade 12 and is awarded annually. Since eligibility for tuition assistance is need-based, rather than income-based, we can take into consideration all of the demands on a family budget. These may include multiple children at an independent school, caring for elderly parents, changes in job status, and more. 

Application Fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of $100 ($300 for international applicants).


MCDS does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring and employment practices, admission policies, scholarship and grant programs, or athletic and other school administered programs.

MCDS wants every student to be happy and successful. We truly value the opportunity to get to know you and your family. Please let us know how we can help you learn more about MCDS and complete the admissions process.”

—Caitlin Wedekind, Director of Enrollment