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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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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