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Admission Criteria

What do we look for in our future Spartans?

Early Childhood Students

Age

We recommend that children entering PK3 should be 3 years old by September 1st of the school year they start.

School Readiness

Our program is a full-day program (8:00am - 3:00pm) and children entering PK3 must be toilet trained prior to the start of the school year.

Social and Emotional Intelligence

Children should demonstrate the ability to recognize and regulate their own emotions and follow instructions while interacting with others.

Intellectual Curiosity

Children should demonstrate the ability to engage in learning activities within their classroom community and possess age-appropriate developmental skills.

Early Childhood

Lower School Students (1st - 5th)

School Readiness

Children should demonstrate age-appropriate writing and reading skills as well as mastery of grade-appropriate concepts. Children should have excellent interpersonal communication skills and be able to work both independently and in groups.

Social and Emotional Intelligence

Children should demonstrate the ability to recognize and regulate their own emotions and follow instructions while interacting with others.

Academic History

Children are expected to perform well academically on both the admission assessment and in their current classroom, as well as excellent behavioral history. Empathy, kindness and curiosity are all values we measure in our process.

Lower School
Miami Country Day School
Miami Country Day does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity and race, family status, gender, geographic origin, learning styles, mental or physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. The school recognizes, respects and celebrates the diversity of backgrounds, outlooks, and talents individuals bring to its community.

Upper School Students (6th - 12th) 

Academic History

Students are expected to perform well academically on both the admission assessment and in their current classroom. Showing consistent, above-average achievement (A’s and B’s) is highly recommended for consideration.

Social Skills

Students should have excellent interpersonal communication skills and be able to work both independently and in groups. We offer student interviews to highlight abilities and interests outside of academics which showcase the student’s value and how they add to our community.

Emotional Intelligence

Honor, Respect, Wisdom and Compassion are our core values and we review students’ inclination towards them in the admission process.

Involvement and Interests

Many students already come to MCDS with a variety of passions and interests, which is why we offer over 60 clubs and 36 sports teams. We are interested in learning about your child’s existing passions during the admission process. If a student has not yet found their passion, our dedicated faculty and advisors will help them explore their gifts and talents.

Students from Middle ans UpperSchool

International Students

English Proficiency

International students whose first language is not English will be required to take the WIDA test to determine the level of English support they need. In Lower School, we offer English language support. In both Middle and Upper School, students will have access to an English as a Second Language (ESOL) course.

I-20 Application

Upon acceptance and enrollment to Miami Country Day School, students entering SK5 and above who wish to request an I-20 application to obtain an F-1 Students visa may do so. Please visit the Student and Exchange Visitor Program page for more information (hyperlink: https://www.ice.gov/sevis)

Transcripts

All official records, recommendation forms and report cards must be translated into English and notarized.

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Learning Resource Program

Learning Difference

Students with above-average intelligence and a language-based diagnosed learning difference are eligible for the program. The program does not serve students with emotional or behavioral challenges. We welcome applications for students in the Middle through Upper School.

Evaluation

We require a full educational evaluation from a licensed psychologist performed in the last two years to help determine if our program is a good fit for your child.

Lower School Resources

We offer limited extra support options to students in fourth and fifth grade with a language-based diagnosed learning difference. Student Success Network on-campus tutoring is an option for extra support before or after school for additional fees.

Learning Resources
Miami Country Day does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity and race, family status, gender, geographic origin, learning styles, mental or physical ability, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. The school recognizes, respects and celebrates the diversity of backgrounds, outlooks, and talents individuals bring to its community.
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