MCDS is more than an education. We’re the foundation for a life of curiosity, achievement, and impact.

Our Mission

Madison Country Day School provides an intellectually stimulating, personally enriching, and academically challenging program to an able and diverse student body. We measure our curriculum and student achievement against the finest programs in the world. Furthermore, we advance education by creating programs that serve as models for other private and public schools.


Our mission is grounded in two key beliefs about children and learning:

  • Every child possesses an extraordinary capacity to learn.
  • Effort is generally more important than ability.

These beliefs drive our decisions, inform our curriculum, and inspire our teaching and learning. 

Inclusion & Belongin


MCDS Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Madison Country Day School respects, affirms, and protects the dignity and worth of each member of its community. We seek to establish a diverse and inclusive culture wherein every member feels safe, valued, and empowered to thrive in all aspects of the MCDS community and beyond.

As an International Baccalaureate World School, we continue to provide curriculum that values and embraces Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Additionally, the aim of the IB Learner Profile character education program is to develop internationally minded students who recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, helping to create a better and more peaceful world. We take pride in developing balanced, principled, open-minded, caring, reflective, courageous students who think astutely, and are exceptional, empathetic communicators and engaged global citizens.

As members of the MCDS community, we understand that we will make mistakes and will learn from them together. We seek both grace and truth. To this end, we encourage and facilitate meaningful conversations to promote greater connections and understanding amongst members of our community and with the world beyond.

MCDS works to promote an equitable and affirming climate of emotional and physical safety. Our MCDS community is deeply committed to ensuring that all of our members are honored, valued, and supported.