My boys LOVE going to school every day. Elementary students attend Spanish or French (3x a week), P.E. (2x a week), music, art, ACES, swimming and media every week. We were initially attracted to MCDS because of its after school chess program and monthly chess tournaments. They also offer several other after school enrichment clubs. We ultimately chose MCDS for our children because of its philosophy to nourish the whole child. The teachers' qualifications are very impressive as well. Attending school on a pre-K to 12 campus offers many opportunities students at smaller schools don't have. Our boys look forward to attending MCDS until they graduate.
I love this school. I can't imagine my daughter being anywhere else. She is currently in 2nd grade and has been there since junior Kindergarten. This school brings out the very best in my child. They offer an environment where she can truly blossom. The lower school program is on the cutting edge of education. My daughter loves to learn. Miami Country Day is cultivating such a love for learning in her. The best part is the lower school director, Mrs. Jenny Knight. She knows every student by name. She is not just a paper pusher but she is really hands on with the kids. She really care about the students. The school also really added some nice enhancements to the curriculum this year. They added Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. So in love with this school. It's the best school ever!
This campus has changed so much in the past two years and the school continues to grow and improve. I am so impressed with the quality of education. Being from the Northeast, I was pleasently suprised to find such a diverse, creative, welcoming, and inspiring school. I just learned the school's quote is Every Student Every Day and I understand it now knowing that my three (very different children) are all being challenged and developed in their own unique ways. Happy kids= Happy parents
The only thing I like about this school is the animal enrichment center. The educators and faculty at MCDS are not doing their job of providing the best learning experience for the entire student body. The curriculum is sub par. Most of the students have tutors, because they simply are not being taught the basics. Children are not encourage to read until grade 2 to 3. The majority of the teachers are jaded and simply need to go. Reading and math levels are low. The school is run by an incompetent oligarchy, who are actually dumbing down our children. My suggestion to parents is to forget about the "cache" of saying my kid attends Miami Country Day School, but to think long and hard before subjecting your child to this school. If you still want your child to attend this school, please make lots of random visits at various times, speak to every parent, have lots of play dates, build a strong union between the children and parents. Talk to your child each day about every single event of the school day, ask questions, and trust your child. If you want your child to have a challenging education this school is not it. The superb education that you think you are paying for is a facade.
Another plus about the general summer camp at Miami Country Day is that children are grouped according to age grade and boys are separated from girls and placed in their own camps tailored into a unique program. I was amazed at the number of counselors and teachers available.
summercamp is like being at Disney for a child, even if you can't afford it , it's worth the splurge for at least one week, look at the credentials and talents of the teachers and counselors, you will be impressed, handouts are at school, activities like pony rides, canoeing, fishing, swim classes, excellent lunches included, singing, dancing, gym, science , does not compare to any other camp in the shores.
Miami Country Day School is the most inviting school that fosters a nurturing community for students to thrive and engage in a multitude of academic and extracurricular activities. Teachers, faculty, and parents are extremely supportive of each motivated student's endeavors to succeed in every way possible. From personal experience, I can say that the teachers at MCDS care about their students as if they are their own children, and it shows. As a result, the Country Day community remains a close-knit unified community, and always will. Students, teachers, faculty, and parents would do almost anything for another member of the school s community. Students feel as if MCDS is their second home and see its members as their family who will always be there no matter the circumstance or the amount of time that passes by. Graduating from Miami Country Day School was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. It was extremely upsetting to think about a life away from Miami Country Day School. However, I know that my friends and teachers will always be there for me when I come back home from college.
My kids have been here for seven years. They love school, and they have a quest for knowledge. The school inspires creativity and critical thinking. For parents that believe that academics are only measured by a rigorous curriculum, MCDS is not that type of school. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively and thoughtfully. The children are kind and respectful, as emotional intelligence is part of the learning experience.
We came from Le Petit Papillon which was a nightmare. Our son is now at MCDS and he is having the time of his life! The campus is great and parents hang arround all the time. This school is a community. It's non profit, run by people who care about the kids and not about the money. You only live once. Take advantage of this wonderful school!
My daughter went to school here for one year in elementary school. Our family thought our teacher was uninspiring, uncreative and she did not engage the parents (this is by no means a representation of all the teachers-we had an unfortunate situation-but the teacher still works at MCDS). When I withdrew my daughter and put her into public school, she had to be pulled from class everyday to read with the grade lower because she was very behind academically. There was no mention in our teacher meetings at MCDS that our daughter was behind and our report was that she was doing great and academically right in the middle of the class. It seems to be a good choice for high school, but for elementary-academics are not up to other school standards. If your child is staying at MCDS through HS, then it may be fine, but if they transfer to another elementary, by choice or if your family moves-chances are they will be very behind. They do not teach children to read until 1st grade. The only ones reading in kindergarten are the ones who were taught at home.
The best school!!! LOVE IT:) My son goes to school with a smile everyday! His teacher is WONDERFUL. Everything is about the kids being happy. The campus is beautiful.
I am a parent of two at MCDS. Very disappointing overall, PreK very unprofessional and first grade underwhelming academically. Admin and teachers are not genuine. Poor quality education for a top price!
Miami Country Day School is a true "COMMUNITY SCHOOL". My children are not numbers there and the campus is definitely our home away from home. I can honestly say that my children love going to school, they are true SPARTANS! MCDS's focus is on the whole child however, academically MCDS leaves a lot to be desired. A lot of the teachers are disinterested and unhappy people and it shows in the class room. It also seems that in the recent years the quality of the education has gone down hill. An organization can only be as good as it's leader and maybe that is MCDS's biggest problem (it's leaders are quite uninspiring definitely not dynamic). I think that most parents would agree with me that MCDS is a "comfortable and safe school" and most of parents send their children there out of convenience (location) and because their students are "content".
i abosolutley do not like this school the kids are very snotty and all the school does is ask for money money money
The school has a devoted faculty who work hard to bring out the best in each student; a true family community; longevity of the institution and teachers; education can take a child from 3 years old to college; top rate college counseling program with the goal to find the best match possible for a student.
I have been a parent here for 5 years. My two daughters both started in Kindergaten and they love thier school. They both have scored highly on the ERB test which indicates that they are learning nationally the way they should be. I love that their report cards are personalized and full of information rather than just a simple grade. The families are very nice and welcoming. The resources and the facility the school has makes me wish I was in school again.
My son went to country day, as far as the environment, it was very safe and the school itself is technologically advanced. As far as the academics went, I felt that they were behind in reading and mathematics. The Everyday Mathematics based program they used is not really challenging. Third graders are not given letter grades. Some of the students I felt were way behind on their writing skills. My child went there being able to write in cursive by the second grade while the children at Country Day were just beginning cursive. Also, the school caters to the parents and sometimes appropriated disciplinary actions are not taken. They concentrate more on the money issues rather then pushing those kids to do more. I took my son out of there and tested extremely low in math for an entrance exam to another highly well known private school.
I have been a parent at this school for 3 years and I can attest to the difference this school has made in my daughter. My daughter who is in 2nd grade, is reading better than her cousin who is in 4th grade. I love that my daughter is caring, and talks about her school day and is in a school where she doesn't have to worry about fights and bullies, and gets excited to go to school every day, even when she is sick. I decided to go to Miami Country Day because it is so safe and you see the administration and security everywhere. I like that the kids walk around smiling everyday. Thank you Miami Country Day.
Wehave been part of the MCDS family for 10 years and have found MCDS to be absolutely wonderful! I am a long time educator (public school) and have a real pulse on what it takes to operate a school, including improved academics, student behaviors, teacher turnover and parent participation. I have only witnessed fairness, equality, excellence and hard work on the part of the total staff. The entire facilities have improved and continue to grow, and the technology that is necessary to educate, has been placed into the hands of the teachers to use daily. My two children are happy, safe and progressing amazingly. No doubt my freshman daughter will enter the college of her choice! You should check out the Professional Growth and Compensation System developed by the teachers and staff. It is one of the kind in the nation and not found at any other independent school! Go Spartans!
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