On Tuesday, September 6 at 8 a.m., Madison Country Day School will hold an official ribbon cutting along with a traditional bell ringing ceremony for its new Academic Center addition. The project includes a 20,000 square foot addition and renovations to established buildings. Key improvements include:
- A designated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Wing
featuring new science labs and a Makerspace Design Lab
- A designated Humanities and World Languages Wing
- A designated Performing Arts floor, featuring Choir, Orchestra, and Band Rooms
- New art classrooms with an adjoining terrace overlooking the prairie
- A new Lower School Library with a Tinker Space for creative engineering
- A Video Recording Studio
- Student collaborative learning areas and new “Recharge” technology stations
- A designated College Advising Center
- A centrally located Student Services Center
- A Physical Education classroom
- An Outdoor Classroom Amphitheater
- Increased Parking
For the past twenty years, MCDS has been marking the beginning of the school year with the ringing of a traditional school bell. As the school celebrates its 20th anniversary, MCDS has enrolled over 440 students, a growing high school featuring the Madison area’s only International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and a thriving athletics program offering 12 varsity sports.
Planning, design, and construction of the project is provided by Bray Architects and Findorff Construction. The $6.7 million project was secured by a capital campaign led by the MCDS Board of Trustees and volunteer parent committees. The campaign was a significant community effort, with 100% participation from faculty, staff, and trustees, and over 75% participation from families.