Students not only learn about other cultures, but also have opportunities to give back to the world. We look to improve the quality of life of others, while also learning about ourselves. Currently, MCDS supports the Hogares Nuevo Paraíso (HNP) home for abandoned children outside of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. HNP instills in its residents a sense of citizenship and ethics and we are proud to be a part of this noble global mission.
GATEway is first and foremost an academic program. Students in the Upper School can earn academic credit for their time abroad and our Middle School GATEmates participate in a week-long academic and cultural seminar that enhances their onsite exploration. A GATEway experience entails far more than visiting sites and taking pictures. Instead, it is hands-on and experiential program designed and run by our educators to help students experience firsthand the wonders of the world.
GATEway offers a multifaceted approach to helping our students interact with their peers from around the world. From sister school and partner school exchange programs to facilitating individual study abroad experiences, we encourage our students to see the world, interact with their peers and form lifelong friendships all over the globe.
The Upper School offers a pathway to earning a GATEway Global Studies Diploma Endorsement which prepares our graduates to be culturally competent global citizens. To be a part of this prestigious program, students complete five components on world language, travel, community service, curriculum and global project.
This course is designed for true beginners who yearn to be fluent one day. Class participants receive intensive instruction on the basics of Spanish grammar and vocabulary with the goal of preparing for more advanced coursed in the future, as well as everyday conversations here in Miami.
Intermediate Spanish is a course designed for the individual who has a basic understanding of the Spanish language but needs a refresher. Class participants receive instruction that suits their ability level in preparation for more advanced courses in the future.