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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Sports
    C+
Madison Country Day School is a top rated, private school located in Waunakee, WI. It has 462 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. Tuition is $18,600 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 99% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
5606 River Road
Waunakee, WI 53597
Telephone
(608) 850-6000

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$18,600
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
30%
Average Financial Aid
$7,500

Madison Country Day School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1400
12 responses
Average ACT
30
33 responses

Culture & Safety

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  • Homecoming week
    22%
  • Prom
    22%
  • Spirit Week
    22%
  • Field day
    11%
  • Morning assemblies, especially lower school
    11%
  • Rocky's fun run
    11%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
462
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A-
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$87,594
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$974
National
$949
Median Home Value
$287,500
National
$184,700
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Madison Country Day School Reviews

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It is a great school. It is twenty years old, but is one of the best schools in the area. Great curriculum, and I learn a lot. The only reason I gave it four stars is because the teachers grade completely differently and it is difficult to understand what they each want. Also there are some students that obviously come from Rich families and are cocky about it, but that is rare. Everyone fits in somewhere. It is an IB not AP school, but that makes me enjoy it even more because it teaches you how to think. I am extremely happy to go here!
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MCDS is the best school in Madison, with the top ACT and SAT scores, and the highest percentage of National Merit Scholars. The facilities are top-notch and the faculty care about the students.
The one problem with MCDS is their indiscriminate granting of financial aid. They ought to be more selective rather than just handing aid out like its candy. The extremely high number of students receiving aid (over 50%) causes an imbalance where full-tuition paying families are CONSTANTLY being asked to donate money. This causes frustration for families when they see massive amounts of aid being given to academically inferior students or to students with families who simply don’t want to pay the tuition (as in, “we make 250k a year but we’re too cheap to pay the tuition”). People need to understand that MCDS tuition is half of what it is at any other country day school. And the school needs to understand that it can’t possibly survive by giving away so much free tuition.
Madison Country Day School is an extremely rigorous school with a high pressure environment and excellent college preparation. It is a very safe place with a beautiful campus that includes both a lake and a prairie, and outdoor and indoor sports equipment. The buildings themselves are well kept and clean, and provide good views of the outdoors, but as far as facilities and resources for extracurriculars, particularly the arts, this school greatly lacks. There is also quite a punishing atmosphere for students who choose to participate in extracurriculars, as accommodations for difficult circumstances that students may be placed in are seldom provided.