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Admission FAQs

How do I get started?

You can start by completing the online inquiry and your admission officer will contact you to answer any questions you may have.

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Do you offer an open house?

    We believe in a personalized approach to the admission process. Our school offers weekly small group tours. During your visit you will also meet with an Admission Officer who will answer any questions you may have and share what makes our community special. 

    Your admission officer is also able to meet with your family remotely via Zoom to provide a virtual tour and answer any questions you may have if you are unable to attend in person.
  • Is Financial Aid available?

    Every year we award over $6,000,000 in Tuition Assistance. Tuition Assistance is a need-based program available to students entering 6th grade and above. We prioritize students entering High School and the remaining funds are allocated to students in Middle School.
    At MCDS, we take pride in our independent school status and the opportunities it allows us to provide a truly exceptional education. While we don't participate in Step Up For Students or Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA), we do offer a robust tuition assistance program, that helps support and enrich the lives of many families within our community.
  • Will my child have an opportunity to spend the day?

    Due to the large number of applicants who are interested in our school every year, only accepted students to Middle School and Upper School, will have an opportunity to “Be A Spartan” for a day.
  • What kind of admission test does my child need to take?

    The ISEE or SSAT is required for students applying to grades 6th and above. An on-campus assessment will be scheduled for students entering grades 1st through 5th. Early Childhood applicants will be asked to upload three video submissions instead of the on-campus playdate. Please contact our office to learn more at 305-779-7230 or admissions@miamicountryday.org.  
  • Do you have a wait pool?

    Yes. Every year we have more applications than spaces available. If an applicant is accepted, but there are no available space, the applicant will be placed in the waitpool of qualified applicants and should a space become available, we will reach out. 
  • Can I roll over my application to the following school year?

    Yes. We know plans can change. If you submit the application and you are unable to compete the process for the incoming school year, please reach out to your admission officer. We will gladly roll over your application to the following year and assists you in completing the process again. You will also have an option to roll over the application to the following year if your child is placed in the wait pool and a space does not become available. 
  • What is the admission committee looking for when evaluating a candidate?

    The admission committee takes great care and consideration while reviewing applicants. They are guided by the school mission and the core values of honor, respect, wisdom and compassion to build a diverse and vibrant community. The approach to admissions is holistic and the intent is to determine that a student will be successful at Miami Country Day School. We look for students who possess the social, emotional and intellectual abilities to thrive, be happy, become a lifelong learner, and contributing members of our society.
  • How diverse is your school?

    Our community represents the diverse make-up of the Magic City. We have students from 26 countries who speak 19 languages.
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