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The MCDS Philosophy On Education

Our whole-child philosophy compels us to create classroom experiences that combine elements of a classical education with the innovative practices of project- and problem-based learning. This intentional balance allows for a vigorous education that yields extraordinary results.
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    • Our distinctive approach


Our distinctive approach is defined by:​

Committed, passionate teachers who know each student fully, are their advocates and guides and push them to grow in ways previously unimaginable.​

Small class sizes that allow teachers to tailor instruction to the students in their presence.​

  • The use of technology to support instructional strategies, which foster interactive, collaborative and innovative teaching and learning. ​
  • Trans-disciplinary skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communicating and questioning which are a core part of every academic endeavor.​
  • A focus on the real-life application of what is studied in the classroom, which motivates students to delve deeper into topics.​
  • The importance of finding passion and purpose beyond oneself, a belief that is a hallmark of the Country Day experience.​
    • Dan Bronish

Dan Bronish
Chief Academic Design Officer​“We all go into education because we want to enrich the lives of young people. Children and young adults are at the center of what we do, our decisions are always made with their best interests and futures of students in mind. Student success and student happiness is what our job is all about.”

Academic Programs

Our academic programs nurture innovation and curiosity from PreK through to college acceptance. Our whole child approach not only prepare kids for college, but for lifelong learning. Each student has the opportunity and resources to reach their full potential in any field.

The Future Of Education

  • Pace
  • Passion
  • Pathway
  • Purpose
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MCDS Academics by the Numbers?

List of 8 items.

  • 40+

    Performances in the 
    Center for the Arts
  • 581

    College acceptances 
  • 18

    Average class size 
  • 37

    sports teams
  • 8

    GATEway programs
  • 228

    full time employees
    (faculty and staff)
  • 19

    Drama Superiors
  • 16

    Math Honor
    Society Members 

Portrait Of A Graduate

  • Persistent with a strong work ethic
  • Strong in character and ethical
  • Confident in their abilities and resilient in the face of challenges and disappointments
  • Honorable, respectful, wise, compassionate and mindful
  • Intellectually curious and an independent thinker
  • Committed to lifelong learning and reading in their personal and professional lives
  • A leaderwhose integrity is unquestioned

College Counseling

Our dedicated College Counseling Office helps students with the increasingly complex and competitive college admission process.
We facilitates their matriculation to a college that matches
their interests and skillsets.

    • College Counseling

The College Counseling Office is committed to  a hands-on, student/family-oriented philosophy to maximize our students’ opportunities for admission.​

We are focused on meeting the individual needs of every students.​

Our web-based college search application, SCOIR, provides a variety of tools for students and parents, including the ability to research colleges and universities, compare costs, visit campuses virtually, watch videos produced by current students, and conduct keyword searches through a social media-like experience. Additionally, students complete a personal interest inventory and strengths assessment that encourages them to explore potential academic majors and career options.​​

    • Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Education Track

The Learning Resources Program is for students in grades six through twelve who have average to superior intelligence with a documented learning difference.​
The program develops the personal and intellectual strengths that enable students to succeed in the college preparatory curriculum. Self-advocacy training is an integral part of preparing these graduates for a college or university education suitable to their needs and demonstrated
abilities. ​ ​

Students move between Learning Resources classes and non-Learning Resources classes according to their educational needs. Students may take from one to five courses in the program which focus on the same concepts and skills development as other college preparatory courses. ​

The program provides a personalized learning environment that is student-centered with innovative teaching approaches that translate brain research into action through multi-sensory, project-based and inquiry-based learning methods. Emphasis is placed on cultivating learning skills designed to develop the executive functions of the brain. ​

English As A Second Language (ESOL)


The ESOL Program at Miami Country Day School is designed to meet the needs of incoming culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Once the student is enrolled in our program, each student will receive a comprehensive assessment of their English proficiency including speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Based on the results, and the stage of language development of each student, he or she will be placed in one of the four levels of instruction offered in our program: Novice (beginner), High Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. ESOL students take all the regular core classes in the mainstream classroom, surrounded by native English speakers. The ESOL teacher works closely with the students providing additional language support for their core classes as well.

Our goal is to help students acquire or/and advance their English language skills, core academic skills, and to acculturate to the U.S. school system. The instructional method employed in the program uses English as a second language through various approaches to teaching English to non-native speakers. ​

Students in the ESOL program also receive accommodations and modifications in their mainstream courses, such as extra time to complete assignments and assessments, adaptive teaching methods, adjustments on assignments, and the use of bilingual dictionaries during instruction time and during assessments. 

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