CEEB Code 101032

Miami Country Day School was founded in 1938 as a residential proprietary boarding school for boys through eighth grade and has evolved remarkably over the past 81 years. The School has become a coeducational, nonprofit, interdenominational school with approximately 1250 students in PK3 through grade 12 representing approximately 29 countries. The school’s first twelfth grade graduating class was in 1981.

The education of the whole person, including the six potentials: intellectual, spiritual, social, aesthetic, physical, and emotional, and emphasis on the core values of honor, respect, wisdom, and compassion, are fostered within a strong college preparatory program.

The school is accredited by FCIS and SACS; active membership is maintained in NACAC, SACAC, ACCIS, NAIS, SAIS, CASE, CRIS, ERB, American Library Association and the College Board.


PK3-12 1250
9-12 454
Class of 2019 113


49 Upper School; 58% hold advanced degrees

Extracurricular Activities:

In addition to the graduation requirements, MCDS students are required to complete 25 hours of community service per year; all meet or exceed those requirements through national and local community service groups represented on campus. Other organizations on campus include Thespians, yearbook, student government, literary magazine, chorus, orchestra, jazz band, and various political awareness organizations and numerous varsity team sports. Honor societies, including National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, English Honor Society of MCDS, Honor Society for Excellence in Science, John C. DuBois History Honor Society, Art Honor Society, French Honor Society, and National Spanish Honor Society, are selective in admission and requirements.

Admission is open to all students regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, citizenship status, creed, or national origin who possess the motivation, ability, and character which would enable them to succeed in our school community.

2019-2020 Course Offerings:

The academic year is divided into semesters.

Honors (H)    Advanced Placement (AP)

Humanities: English (4 credits required)
Literary Genres, (H) British Literature, (H)
World Literature, (H) English: Gender Studies, (H)
American Literature, (H) AP English Literature
English: Contemporary Lit., (H) AP English Language
English: A Thematic Approach, (H)

Humanities: Social Science (4 credits required)
Human Geography Comparative Government, (H)
World History, (H) Economics, (H)
US History, (H) AP European History
AP US History AP Human Geography
AP Art History  AP Psychology
20th Century Cultural Movements AP Comparative Gov't/Pol
Latin American History  AP US Govt & Politics
Macro Economics (H)                                                                    AP Macro Economics     
Micro Economics (H)                                                                     Money, Markets, and Investing        
Innovation and Entrepreneurship                                                  The Global Citizen
Psycnology, Law, and Justice                                                        Photo Essay and Digital Photography
Mathematics (4 credits required)
Multivariable Calculus
Pre-Calculus, (H)
Integrated Math I College Math
Integrated Math II Probability and Statistics
Integrated Math III, (H) Calculus
AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC
AP Statistics


Science (3 credits required)
Biology, (H) Marine Biology I, II
Chemistry, (H) Environmental Science I, II
Physics, (H) AP Environmental Science
AP Biology
AP Chemistry

World Language (3 credits required)
Spanish I French I
Spanish II French II
Spanish III, (H) French III, (H)
Spanish IV, (H) French IV, (H)
Spanish V, (H) French V, (H)
Spanish VI AP French Language
Spanish S1 Chinese I
Spanish S2 Chinese II
Spanish S3*, (H) Chinese III
AP Spanish Language  Chinese IV
AP Spanish Literature                                                              AP Chinese Language
AP Italian Language

*Formerly Latin American Literature
Humanistic Studies (1 credit required)

Physical Education/Health (1 credit required)
Arts (1 credit required)
AP Music Theory AP Studio Art
Additional Electives Available
Communication Arts (0.5 credit required)
Technology Elective: AP Computer Science
AP Computer Science


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School Profile

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  • Grading System (Starting in 2016)

    A+ = 4.5 points = 97-100
    A = 4.2 points = 93-96
    A- = 4.0 points = 90-92
    B+ = 3.5 points = 87-89
    B = 3.2 points = 83-86
    B- = 3.0 points = 80-82
    C+ = 2.5 points = 77-79
    C = 2.2 points = 73-76
    C- = 2.0 points = 70-72
    D+ = 1.5 points = 67-69
    D = 1.2 points = 63-66
    D- = 1.0 points = 60-62
    F = 0 points = 00-59
  • Weighting

    Each student will receive 1 additional point on the 4 point scale for each AP course completed successfully when the cumulative grade point average is tallied; for each Honors course the student will receive .5 additional point. Unless indicated, the student GPA reflects only courses taken at MCDS.
  • Ranking

    Miami Country Day School does not rank its students because of its small size, rigorous curriculum, and selective admission policy.
  • Graduation Requirements

    Humanities: English4
    Communication Arts0.5
    Humanities: Social Science4
    World Language3
    Humanistic Studies1
    Physical Education/Health1
     Total: 24 credits
    All students are required each year to take x-term pass/fail for no credit.
  • Standardized Testing

    mid 50% Test Scores
    SAT ERW: 570-680*
    SAT Math: 550-660*
    * Includes non-native speakers
    ACT Composite: 24-30
  • Advanced Placement Scores

    Twenty-five advanced placement courses are offered in the Upper School (listed in bold print in the Program of Study). In 2019, 325 exams were administered to 161 students with 84% of student scoring 3 or higher. 

  • Honors

    26 Honors classes offered across multiple disciplines.
Miami Country Day School is a college preparatory learning community committed to educating the whole child. Through the core values of honor, respect, wisdom and compassion, we prepare students to be lifelong learners. We inspire our children to develop their intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social, emotional and spiritual potentials by valuing every student every day.

Every Student. Every Day.

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