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

Inclusion & Belonging

Madison Country Day School Commitment to Inclusion and Belonging

Madison Country Day School’s vision is for all members of the school community to feel valued and supported as well as inspired to embrace the diversity of each person. MCDS respects, affirms, and protects the dignity and worth of each member of its community. We seek to establish a culture wherein every member feels safe, valued, and encouraged to participate in every aspect of the community.

All are welcome

Our mission promises an intellectually stimulating, personally enriching, and academically challenging educational program. MCDS achieves this endeavor in part through our IB programmes, which naturally support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by:

  • Encouraging students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
  • Encouraging students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
  • Becoming more culturally aware, through the development of a second language

Additionally, the aim of our IB Learner Profile character education program is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. We take pride in developing balanced, principled, open-minded, caring, reflective, risk-taking students who think astutely and are exceptional, empathetic communicators. We will make mistakes and will learn from them together. We will offer grace and truth. To this end, we encourage and present courageous conversation opportunities to promote greater connections and understanding amongst the members within our community and in the world beyond MCDS.

MCDS works to establish clearly defined policies and procedures that promote an equitable and affirming climate of emotional and physical safety among its community members. MCDS community members will be attentive to the quality of life of all members of MCDS and take appropriate actions to ensure all members feel honored, valued, and respected. This work is both our shared responsibility and our shared opportunity.

What Sets Us Apart
Learn about our values