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St. Louis, MO
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101 N Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63124

(314) 993-5100
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March 09, 2015
We highly recommend MICDS where all of our children attended middle and upper school. The school provides an excellent academic foundation with many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. The facilities are outstanding, the campus and athletic fields beautiful, but it is the kind community and extraordinary teachers that are key. The teachers are not only well qualified, but they care about helping each individual student succeed and they convey that belief. There is a strong parent teacher partnership that helps the school and families work closely together on behalf of each student. There is a wholistic approach that focuses on helping the student think critically, act responsively and live compassionately. Our children were well prepared for top level colleges, graduate school and life after college. MICDS really is teaching the leaders of tomorrow.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2015
Our children have received an excellent education at MICDS. The faculty is outstanding and go out of their way to ensure their students are understanding and retaining the material they teach. When my son was struggling in Calculus, his teacher met him after school to review the material. His commitment to my son was astonishing. Yes the school has wonderful facilities but it's the faculty that makes it great.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2015
The Beasley School (the Lower School) is a wonderful learning environment, filled with teachers are friendly and incredibly responsive to both the parents and the students. From the very beginning of school (Junior Kindergarten, which is one year pre-kindergarten), the children regularly attend a host of different classes in addition to the Reading and Writing that is focused on in Homeroom. The staff also sees the importance in teaching the whole person, and they talk with the children about different social concepts that heavily support analytical thinking and empathy. As a parent, volunteer opportunities are plentiful and varied. I find it a wonderful treat to be able to see my children during the school day as a volunteer, or to stop in whenever I can to have lunch with them. As a non-native St. Louisan, my husband and I toured many area schools before finding a home at MICDS. I would encourage you to do the same! See what is out there, and find the best fit for your family. I have nothing but positive feelings toward MICDS, and have received the same since we started here: love and care from the faculty, friendship and inclusion from the students and other parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2015
All three of our children attend MICDS. We are so thrilled with the education that they are receiving. Also, the teachers and administration truly care about the students and their families. There is an emphasis on school/parent partnership which helps to foster excellent communication between the school/families. The teachers and administration care about our children and want them to succeed. I am always amazed at how much our kids are learning to be caring, conscientious and sensitive world citizens. I cannot imagine sending our kids anywhere else in St. Louis!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2015
We have 3 children who have different strengths, weaknesses and personalities and they are all thriving at MICDS. The excellent faculty make a real effort to get to know each child individually and elevate them to the next level through challenging curriculum and personal encouragement. My husband and I appreciate the fact that many teachers are also coaches. This gives teachers an opportunity to get to know the kids outside of the classroom and contributes to the student's continued success. While the beautiful campus is large, it is broken down into easily navigated divisions - none of our children felt overwhelmed when they started. The community is warm and inclusive . The Parent Association is open to all parents and encourages family participation with various events such as the Fun Run, Homecoming, the International Expo and welcoming events for new families.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2015
We moved to St Louis from NYC and were unaware of various schools' reputations as we searched for the best environment for our kids. After looking at a wide variety of independent and public options we chose MICDS. It's been 5 years now and we couldn't be happier. I was surprised to hear some people thought it was a "fancy" school of rich people. While it certainly has an extraordinary campus and facilities, we've found the community to be very diverse, inclusive and down to earth. We have a boy and a girl with very different abilities and personalities yet the school has been great fit for both. The teachers are passionate and go above and beyond to help the kids learn. The school is also great about teaching to individual abilities and readily puts kids in classes appropriate for their skill level regardless of grade. It's also been a great community for our family as we have made many close friends through the school. Lastly, we have tremendous confidence in Lisa Lyle our head of school. She has great vision, is focused on the student experience and balances academic, athletic and community service rigors with aplomb. We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2015
I just want to put our experience out there with the teachers at MICDS. They are AMAZING. They go above and beyond....they are more than willing to meet a student before or after school, during lunch or a free period, and they are also in email contact. I don't know how they could be more accessible!!!! The teachers at MICDS are top-notch.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2015
We have been very happy with MICDS and the quality of education. Academic rigor is the priority. However, the school offer so much more: exceptional sports; robust and strong arts offerings; STEM opportunities; leadership opportunities; summer and spring break travel around the world as part of the foreign language curriculum; and education/ information/ curriculum around responsible digital citizenship. Plus, and so important to my husband and me, the school is mission driven. Everything the school does is to not only prepare children for college but importantly, for life. The teachers, faculty, administration are thinking beyond college to preparedness for life. The teachers are exceptional, and this makes the school. They go above and beyond for the children as teachers in the classroom, mentors in after school activities and coaches on the athletic fields. They teach the kids how to think for themselves, how to be good problem-solvers and how to develop and clearly articulate/ present their thinking.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2015
All this school truly cares about is money. It's all about the money. Such an unhealthy environment for students. It's a shame. What a waste.

- submitted by a community member
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.

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January 15, 2009
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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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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
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.

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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 38 reviews. Top