Submit the online application.
The Lower School application is completed through the MICDS Admission Portal. The regular application deadline is January 29, 2021 for consideration in the first round of decisions for the 2020-2021 school year. For siblings of current students, as well as children of alumni, faculty, and staff, the Junior Kindergarten Family Early Action Option (JK FEAO) application deadline is November 24, 2020.
Regular admission decisions will be shared on March 12, 2021, and JK FEAO admission decisions will be shared on January 27, 2021. First-round family enrollment decisions for the 2021-2022 school year are due by April 2, 2021.
MICDS uses the date of August 1 as the age cut-off date for entry into Junior or Senior Kindergarten. Your child must be 4 years old to enter Junior Kindergarten and 5 years old to enter Senior Kindergarten.
Please note: The Lower School application fee is $90.
Return to Admission Portal
Schedule screening or testing and a parent interview.
After submitting your application, you will schedule the following appointments:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, and 1st Grade:
- Parent interview and early childhood screening
- Parent interview and student testing
Schedule Appointments via Phone
Apply for Tuition Assistance
Applying for tuition assistance is optional.
If you choose to apply for need-based tuition assistance, see the following steps and deadlines:
MICDS requires each family applying for tuition assistance to place a confidential online application through School and Students Services (SSS) by completing the Parent Financial Statement and submitting supporting 2019 tax documentation. It is extremely important to submit the tuition assistance application on time, as there are budgetary limits to the available funds. Do not wait until a child is accepted to apply for aid. Please visit our Affording MICDS web page or read our Affording MICDS Brochure (forthcoming) for more information on how to apply.
First Round tuition assistance application deadlines:
- December 4, 2020 – The filing deadline for all current students
- December 11, 2020 – The filing deadline for new 9th grade applicants.
- December 18, 2020 – The filing deadline for Junior Kindergarten Family Early Action Option (JK FEAO) applicants.
- February 1, 2021 – The filing deadline for new applications for all other grade levels.
Adhering to the submission deadlines is essential for first round admission consideration. Application for tuition assistance will be accepted beyond the deadline however, the availability of tuition assistance may be limited.
Decisions and notification:
Applying for tuition assistance does not affect the admission decision. The admission decision is a separate process from the tuition assistance determination and is led by a separate committee. The Committee on Tuition Assistance deliberations are confidential and address only factors affecting the assessment of financial need. Prospective families can expect a tuition assistance decision at the same time as their admission decision when applications are completed by or before the deadline.