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St. Louis, MO
Students enrolled: 1,234

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101 N Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63124

(314) 993-5100
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December 23, 2014
I am a graduate and have a great amount of pride in MICDS. For co-ed suburban day schools, it should be considered Top 10 in the US. The objective facts bear this out. Opportunities for academic advancement and rigor are exceptional. I recall the school offering more AP courses than any other in the Mid-West. The campus and resources are objectively among the best in the country. Class sizes are the smallest you could want. And, of course, college placement is exceptional, especially for a school in the Mid-West. Specific placements always vary year-to-year with the interests of the students. But MICDS consistently places across all the Ivies, MIT, Stanford, etc. with significant portions of the class. About half of my graduating class went to a Top 25 school either undergrad or grad (10%+ WashU, ~5% Harvard, 10%+ other Ivy). Many friends not near the top of the class still went to a top school. Alumni include 3 US Senators, a Federal Reserve Chairman, numerous Fortune 500 CEOs, movie stars, professional athletes, entrepreneurs, authors, professors, top surgeons, Navy SEALs. MICDS is exceptional and perfect for the student and family seeking that.

- submitted by a student
May 26, 2014
Great school with plenty of support and willingness to work with you. Just to correct, "Quick comments" is an additional way to communicate - the vast majority of what we see are positive and give a useful pulse of how our children our doing. To "We have twins," if you are seeing negatives in the main you need to be working with the school and your child as these updates are to help you. If that is too onerous then take your other child to Burroughs as a short way to make yourselves happier - it is also a good school and no need to stay where you are not satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
We have twins--one that goes to Burroughs and one MICDS. Now, unlike as others have said, if money is not a constraint, still do not put your child in MICDS. There is a definite difference between the two schools, both in Academics and Athletics. I will not digress so I will only talk about MICDS. The school in a general aspect lacks to help their students out, aside from a select few teachers. On top of this, it runs a crooked system called "quick comments" which basically is when a student does something academically or behaviorally wrong, instead of working the issue out with the student, the teacher will simply send a message to the parent of what the child has done. Not only does this provide a great amount of stress on the parents, it also gives a bad reputation for the student because EVERY single teacher is notified. Now moving on to my second point, I cannot agree more to a previous comment regarding the school prioritizing themselves over the student. This statement is clearly evident by the actions of upper management in the school, including Lisa Lyle, head of school. Now admittedly, the teachers are adequate and some are even extraordinary.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
I graduated from MICDS last year. I agree with one of the reviews that during the last few years, the school is all about money. I also know that many terrific teachers were asked to leave from the school. If money is not a problem and you are an overachiever with a high IQ then this school is probably right for you, and you should be able to handle the school demands. Otherwise, there are good public schools nearby that you can go to.

- submitted by a student
February 01, 2014
The school has been of late just focussing on $.There have been conversations wherein the motto is to look in the interest of school and not the students.If money is not the constraint and want to say"my kid goes to" then good option otherwise sheer waste of money with substandard teachers.If you are from elite class then best school to be in since there is a huge untold differences in judgements passed to kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
This school, in my opinion, prepares students VERY well for the future... I think the High School is one of the best in the area. Caring teachers, a safe environment, and a spirited student body all contribute to the overwhelmingly positive experience this school gave to me.

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2013
Among the many things you will receive as a student of MICDS, is an excellent education. While academics are certainly extremely rigorous, each child receives very individualized attention every step of the way. I have a child in the 9th grade and we applied to several schools for 7th grade (the grade my child entered MICDS), including John Burroughs and Villa Duchesne. She was accepted to all three but we chose MICDS for the following reasons: 1) the laptop program where each student receives their own laptop from 5th thru12th grade, 2) the middle schoolers are kept separate from the upper schoolers, in completely separate buildings, 3) a dress code which I find to be very appropriate and necessary due to the inappropriateness of some of today's fashions, 4) the advisory program where each child is matched with a faculty advisor as a "go to" person for the student and the parent, 5) the absolutely stellar academic and sport curriculum - there are so many choices it's mind boggling! There is truly something for everyone at this wonderful school and I just can't say enough about it. Diversity is very evident in the students as well as the faculty. Simply a fantastic school!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
Graduates of MICDS will be successful in college. That being said, is it worth the money? IF money is no object, then yes. A driven student could do just as well and be as prepared at a Public School. Do not automatically expect individual attention, especially for a quiet student. The teachers are good but their attention is soaked up by a few more boisterous students even with a small classroom size. Even an exceptional student may feel average here because the student body is so talented and has so many opportunities due to connections of its parents . Your student will be challenged and can excel at MICDS no matter what your social standing, but there are some down sides as well. Parental involvement is very strong here. You will as a parent feel excluded on some level if you are not wealthy and in the country club circle. Your student will feel it less because the kids are more accepting than the parents. Beasley ( elementary school) is awesome, Middle school less so ( maybe it is the aqe of the kids that makes this a less thrilling time in their lives) , Upper school ( 9-12) is like being in college. The campus is lovely, the nicest in St. Louis.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
We are delighted with MICDS! We transferred our three children to Beasley Lower School this year and have been astonished at the fantastic environment. Our chlidren look forward to going to school, are happy, and are excelling academically and socially. The environment is warm and friendly for both students and parents. I cannot recommend MICDS highly enough!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2011
To those who think that the MICDS community only has enrolled students who value money have not looked into the statistics that 23% of our student body is involved in our well renowned financial aid program. I am a student who is not on a scholarship, but have friends who are. That has never changed their chances of succeeding. Anyone who believes that students are bullied more than average has never seen what bullying truly is. MICDS changed my life, I went from fearing school to loving it. Everyday I wake up with a smile because I am in a safe environment were I can reach my full potential. Not once have I felt harassed because of financial reasons. This school is by far amazing

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2011
This school did not live up to my eepectations at all. The kids are mean, the teachers favor the kids with money and the school has not values.

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2010
MICDS has been a wonderful, friendly environment for my children to excel academically, make lifelong friends and build the confidence they use now and will continue to use to make a positive impact on society.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 02, 2010
My son is new to the Middle School in 5th grade this year. He came from a school where he was not academically challenged! My son is getting more than I ever imagined! He loves the school, the teachers, the atmosphere! Teacher communication is the best! I get quick comments for great test scores! It is fantastic!! The cost is a struggle for our family but it is worth every penny! I am a little concerned about the social aspect. However, I am sure that will come later.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2009
I think this school is incredible! I wish I could have gone there. They have amazing facilities and the faculty is unbelievable! They take an interest in every student. The arts and science programs are second to none!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2009
The academics are great - but when you apply, they tell you what you want to hear, whether or not it is true. I was told I would be able to work with teachers to help me manage school and swimming. But when I attended, I was not given any help at all. I was essentially told I needed to pick one or the other. So just be careful.

- submitted by a student
February 26, 2009
This school is sooooo good. I currently go here and I have made so many new friends. It focuses on social as well as academic skills. It is so fun and the teachers are great. If you are considering going here, I highly recommend it!

- submitted by a student
no rating February 04, 2009
If you are willing to put forth the effort required and have some drive, you will do well at MICDS. We have found the teachers to be very dedicated and willing to help those students who are interested in their education. Yes, it is expensive, but if your student is interested in the best education and being prepared for the college experience, you will find no better school in the area.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 03, 2009
I HATE this school! i went there for a year and had a horrible expierence. The teachers were never willing to HELP students and were not even educated as well or as nice as nearby public schools like lADUE. iT'S a waste of your money!!!

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2008
This school is amazing, i currently attend MICDS and I am now noticing how much they compare us for college. The social life in the middle school is hard, but in the upper school everything gets better and is more relaxed. The Upper School is a great diverse environment. I am a mixed student, and I am glad that I don't face discrimination.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
The school that the Admissions office sold us sounded fantastic. The school we attend in reality is not so great. There is a definite divide between the 'have-lots' and the rest of the students. Promises that were made were not kept, and teacher/parent communication is horrible. The facilities are world class, but the faculty is just as good as at our last school. I just think for the price you pay, there should be something more.

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October 12, 2008
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December 08, 2004
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March 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Excellent curriculum, leadership, sports programs, faculty, volunteer opportunities. All in all a very fine institution. We have been very satisfied thus far.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2003
As an alumni of MICDS (Country Day), I can assure that the quality of this school is nothing but the best. I am also a parent, and I have seen the cirriculum that MICDS teaches. The teachers go out of their way to ensure the success of each student. Another thing that I believe is an advantage is that they have an eighth grade public speaking event (everyone in eighth grade presents a speech in front of the school) and that they have Spanish available in every single grade.This includes Junior Kindergarten all the way through 12th. They also have French, German, and Latin from 7th grade and up. The middle school athletics is also phenomenal. In addition to basketball, baseball, track, cross country, field hockey, and soccer, they also have lacrosse beginning at 6th grade, and football starting at 7th grade.

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September 09, 2003
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August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I believe that the school requires more competent leadership and more than token-gesture diversity. With the amount of money and resources at the schools disposal the less than impressive results are inexcusable. Over the last 9 or 10 years there has been a decided change in the school and it has not been for the better. There definitely needs to be a reexamining of priorities by the administration.

- submitted by a parent
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Micds
101 N Warson Road, St. Louis, MO  63124
(314) 993-5100
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Micds Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top