Reopening Updates

Reopening FAQs & Admissions Info

REOPENING FAQs: We are welcoming MICDS students back to school with distance learning both on campus and from home when the 2020-21 academic year commences, absent any change in government requirements. Please find helpful Health & Safety, School Preparation, and Ram Relief Fund FAQs here: ADMISSIONS: MICDS is no longer accepting new applications for the 2020-2021 school year which begins on August 18, 2020. After that time, we will welcome new applications to all grade levels for the 2021-2022 school year.

At MICDS, we offer incredible strengths including a robust and compelling Mission, forward-thinking programming, an increasingly diverse and global community, lively school spirit, impressive faculty and superb resources. Only in a school that spans early childhood through grade 12 can we attend to the careful articulation of the curricular and co-curricular experiences that allow students to develop the habits of heart and mind at the very core of the Mission and beliefs of MICDS.

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MICDS at-a-glance.

Grades: Junior Kindergarten (age 4) – 12


  • Lower School: Junior Kindergarten (age 4) – 4th grade
  • Middle School: 5th – 8th grade
  • Upper School: 9th – 12th grade

Years Founded:

  • 1859: Mary Institute founded
  • 1917: St. Louis Country Day School founded
  • 1992: Merged to create MICDS (Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School)

Head of School: Jay Rainey

Location: St. Louis, Missouri in the suburb of Ladue

Enrollment: 1,245

Students of Color: 36%

Number of different public, private, religious and independent schools and preschools our new students come from: 110

Number of languages and dialects spoken in students’ homes: 40+

Zip Codes Represented: 70+ from the Greater St. Louis Area

School Mascot: The Ram

School Colors: Red and Green

Faculty: 156 (58% female, 42% male)

Faculty with Advanced Degrees: 70%

Average Number of Years Teaching: 16 years

Average Tenure at MICDS: 10 years

Student-Faculty Ratio: 8:1

Class Size: 12-18

Tuition (2020-2021):

  • Junior Kindergarten through Grade 4: $21,800 – $2,000 Tuition Relief = $19,800
  • Grades 5 and 6: $25,900 – $2,000 Tuition Relief = $23,900
  • Grades 7 through 12: $29,900 – $2,000 Tuition Relief = $27,900

Students Receiving Tuition Assistance: 24%

Average Tuition Assistance Grant (2020-21):

  • Lower School: $11,840
  • Grades 5 and 6: $13,730
  • Grades 7 through 12: $19,010

Main Entry Points:

  • Lower School: Junior Kindergarten (age 4 by August 1 of the academic year), Senior Kindergarten (age 5 by August 1 of the academic year), Grade 4
  • Middle School: Grades 5, 6 and 7
  • Upper School: Grade 9

When Does the Admission Process Begin? Fall and winter of the year prior to potentially entering.

Application Deadlines:

  • Junior Kindergarten Early Action Deadline (for siblings of current students as well as children of alumni, faculty and staff): November 26, 2019
  • Grade 9: December 13, 2019
  • Middle School (Grades 5-8) and Grades 10-12: January 14, 2020
  • Lower School (Grades JK-4): January 31, 2020

National Merit Awards (Class of 2020): 17 semifinalists, 15 commended students

SAT Composite Median:

  • Class of 2019: 1400
  • Class of 2018: 1360

ACT Composite Median:

  • Class of 2019: 30
  • Class of 2018: 29

Advanced Placement® Stats: 

  • In 2019, 347 students took 764 exams with 90% of students receiving a qualifying score (3 or higher)
  • In 2018, 333 students took 754 exams, 84% of students received qualifying scores (3 or higher).

Size of Campus: 100 acres

Notable Buildings: Nine Classroom Buildings, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Facility, Steward Family Aquatic Center, McDonnell Athletic Center, professional quality theatres, art studios, music rooms, athletic fields and facilities

Language Instruction: Spanish, French, Latin, Mandarin Chinese

Sports Offered:

  • Grades 7 and 8: 15
  • Grades 9-12: 29

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Cycling, Cyclocross, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming/Diving, Squash, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling

Activities: Almost 100 student organizations and clubs

Community Service: 

  • 59 President’s Volunteer Service Awards recipients in 2019
  • Numerous service-learning projects and student-driven service

Arts Opportunities: Students study vocal and instrumental music, theatre, dance and the visual arts through an array of courses and extracurricular activities

Accreditation: ISACS

Associations: NAIS, ISACS, ISSL, INDEX

Noteworthy Opportunities and Resources: College Counseling Program, Student Support Services, Parents Association, After-School Programs, Global Learning, Traditions