Middle School
Grade 5-8

Welcome to MCDS Middle School!

Middle school is a time of transition. To assist in the journey from childhood to young adulthood, MCDS offers students a well rounded program of academics, extracurricular activities and opportunities to define their identity within a community of peers who are going through their own journeys. MCDS believes in teaching the whole child, with academics, character education, and social-emotional learning all playing an important role. 

Middle school at MCDS is the start of the IB Middle Years Program. The Middle Years Program is designed to preserve students' curiosity and wonder of learning by using an inquiry model. Students work to develop their understanding of concepts and subjects are structured to facilitate cross-disciplinary learning.  

I look forward to meeting you and working with you and your family.


Alex López-Barton
Interim Middle School Head


There is a wonderfully positive atmosphere at MCDS Middle School which stems from the daily interactions of students with their teachers. MCDS has not only met our son’s needs, but showed us what an amazing difference a school can make in the life of a child.

MCDS fifth grade parent

Middle School

Grade 5

Middle School, and fifth grade in particular, is an exciting time of tremendous growth. The academic journey continues with IB’s Middle Years Programme (MYP). Language Arts, history, and geography are combined together into a vibrant Humanities course.

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Grade 6

During sixth grade we see tremendous emotional, physical, and academic development. Academics continue with Humanities, science, Spanish, and the arts. Students continue to dive into music theory, ensemble and instrument lessons.

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Grade 7

Grade 7

In seventh grade, growth is embraced and supported both in and out of the classroom. Adolescents can feel secure as they explore all sides of themselves with confidence that they will be appreciated for who they are now as well as who they will become.

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Grade 8

In eighth grade, the academic journey expands as students take on in-depth academic projects, gain confidence in Socratic seminar-style classes that build analytical and discussion skills, try new activities, and persevere to achieve personal goals.

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