We loved the school and all of its quirks until we had a special circumstance and then the director was evasive and unhelpful to say the least. He is not a people person and is horrible at communication with an ego the size of a Mack truck. Some of the teachers are awesome and some should not be teaching anymore or are not appropriate for the grades they are assigned. If your child is a good student with no learning or health problems you should be fine. Otherwise you have to figure it all out on your own. They won't go out of their way at al. Overall it is not the most professional school.
Our daughter loves MDCS and is thriving. The teachers really care and pay individual attention. The great field trips are a big part of this. We feel lucky to have found MDCS and look forward to seeing it grow.
Awful. Like the other reviewer, kindergarten is the only good grade. After taking concerns to the director I was greeted with hostility and defensiveness, and somehow the problem became my fault. It's like an alternative school for special needs kids. Jackson County schools are so much better and my kid is thriving.
This school has serious problems!!! The Middle School faculty are dysfunctional and incompetent. My child was treated poorly and the Director blamed him for mot being able to learn. Everything is all hunky dory until you have a problem. Then they gang up on you. We are so sorry we wasted a year of our life listening to the hype.
MDCS is and extraordinary school that provides an outstanding educational experience! We are confident that our children are being prepared, academically and socially, to succeed in high school and beyond. The experienced and highly qualified staff cater to the individual needs of each student. Experiential learning abounds at this school! The director is fair and impartial, diplomatic and easy to approach. All decisions made are done so with the well being of every student in mind. In the 8 years we have been at this school, we have never felt that our safety was in jeopardy. If school has remained open during winter weather conditions, it has always been communicated to families that students should be kept home if driving conditions are unsafe. Families have always been told that absences in such a case are excused. We truly believe that MDCS has gotten better each year that it's been in operation and look forward to the future!
I am a very proud MDCS parent and have two sons who have attended here for 4 1/2 years. I appreciate the diversity and the unique experiential learning that is displayed in each class. The teachers and staff here are excellent and committed to their students. We feel honored to have the choice to send our children here and we know that when they leave they will have a quality education behind them.
Kindergarten is great! After that it goes down hill fast. The teachers are condescending, Especially the 4th grade. She has no problem cutting off your conversation when you are not saying what she wants to hear. Our son has been going here for 4 1/2 years and we will be taking him out in the middle of the school year because it has gotten so bad. She shows favoritism to her daughter who is in her class this year. There is very little experiential learning, that we were looking forward to and is the reason we started our son's education here. The principal has no clue as to safe conditions during the winter. When other schools in the area are closed due to weather he will have the school remain open at risk of student safety. We are very disappointed with how the school is turning out. Each year we had hoped things would get better, but it seems to be going the other way and we will not subject our son to inferior education and teachers.
MDCS is a school with a lot of great energy. The kids feel comfortable being individuals, not feeling a need to fit any mold and I attribute this to the dedication of the parents and teachers to foster confidence and individualism. The teachers have passion and truly care about the education and well being of each child. About the administration I would say the same. Despite having to deal with adversity they have not lost site of what matters most - our children learning to thrive in this world. Thank you to the entire faculty and community of MDCS. I am SO THANKFUL that this is where my daughter is getting her education!