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Madison Country Day School
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  • Private
  • WAUNAKEE, WI

COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Flexibility and partnership are essential as pandemic conditions continue to change weekly or even daily. MCDS continues to emphasize vaccination, masks, ventilation, and testing as key components of our plan. Learn more about our evolving policy details for the upcoming school year at the following link: Learn More

Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Diversity
    grade B+
  3. Teachers
    grade A
  4. College Prep
    grade A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    grade B
  6. Sports
    grade C+

About

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$100
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
No data available  

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$20,263
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
35%
Average Financial Aid
No data available  
From Madison Country Day School

Madison Country Day School is Dane County’s only independent, private Pre‑K‑12 school, offering a challenging and comprehensive college‑preparatory education, including the Madison area’s only International Baccalaureate program. Our mission 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.

Founding philosophies:

Every child possesses an extraordinary capacity to learn.

Effort is generally more important than ability.

Expected outcomes:

Read fluently and critically

Write clearly and authentically

Speak persuasively, able to challenge others’ beliefs and articulate their own

Reason carefully, analyze complex situations, discover connections, and solve a wide range of intriguing problems

Listen attentively with an open mind

Possess the confidence and strength of character required to both love and critique themselves

Become confident, capable life-long learners

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1390
18 responses
Average ACT
30
53 responses

Class of 2022 College Acceptances

In an incredibly competitive year for college admissions, our seniors have received impressive offers from a wide range of exceptional institutions. The 39 members of the MCDS Class of 2022 received acceptances from 110 different colleges and universities in 33 different states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Hong Kong.

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school. 5 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there. 5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
  • Spirit Week
    19%
  • Field day
    13%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • Homecoming week
    13%
  • Morning assemblies, especially lower school
    13%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Rocky's fun run
    13%

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Students

Diversity
grade B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
451
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive. 6 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy. 6 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic. 6 responses

Preschool

Annual Cost
$16,251
Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Starting Age
4 years
Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
7:1
Schedule Options
  • Offers Full Week
    No data available  
  • Offers Part Week
    No data available  
  • Offers Full Day
    Yes
  • Offers Part Day
    Yes

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Poll
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons. 7 responses
Poll
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students. 7 responses
Poll
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom. 7 responses

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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
grade B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. 6 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need. 6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations. 6 responses

Living in the Area

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Overall Niche Grade
  1. Cost of Living
    grade unavailable
  2. Good for Families
    grade unavailable
  3. Housing
    grade unavailable
Median Household Income
$75,179
National
$64,994
Median Rent
$1,118
National
$1,096
Median Home Value
$277,000
National
$229,800

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