Excellence in Academics at MICDS begins with our world-class faculty. As dedicated professionals deeply committed to engaging students in important learning both inside and outside the classroom, our teachers enjoy small class sizes, superb resources, outstanding facilities, and a deep commitment to best-practice pedagogy and the application of the most current research in effective teaching and learning.
The Lower School
Teachers, parents, students and administrators work together to create the best possible learning environment–one marked by caring, inquiry, and a strong sense of community. Faculty create a Beasley environment in which all children feel cared for – and, in turn, where they learn to care about others. As a result, our children feel safe and encouraged to inquire into their world: to pose compelling questions, to craft unexpected solutions, to build knowledge, and to discover new passions.
The Middle School
The faculty is engaged in an ongoing curriculum project to design courses and activities which capitalize on the curiosity, energy and diversity typical of this age group. Hands-on activities and interdisciplinary themes are prominent features of the curriculum. Teachers also serve as advisors and work with students in small groups to establish an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.
The Upper School
The dedicated, well-educated, and enthusiastic faculty serves as instructors, advisors, coaches and sponsors. As advisors, they meet with small groups of students throughout the Upper School years. The advisory system allows faculty to get to know individual students well, enabling them to be an effective link between parents, students and the School. Each student will also work with one of four deans for the four years of the Upper School. The dean works with the advisors and college counselor to provide a four-year support team for each student. Upper School students begin working with college counselors in the ninth grade, thus developing a close and supportive relationship. These counselors work with students and parents throughout the entire college selection process.
MICDS has an ongoing commitment to engaging an excellent faculty. MICDS is one of the nation's leaders in supporting faculty development, making more than $240,000 available annually for professional development.