MICDS offers incredible strengths including a robust and compelling mission that informs the work of the school, strong and 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. We are proud of our diverse and talented students who bring to us their passions for living and learning.
At MICDS, we create a community based on our Mission to seek and welcome diverse backgrounds and perspectives as integral components of the foundation of excellence upon which our School is built.
- Our students come to us from many different neighborhoods in St. Louis, representing more than 60 zip codes
- More than 30% of our students identify themselves as students of color
- Students new to the school this year came from 90+ different public, private, religious and independent schools and preschools
- School-wide, 39 different languages and dialects besides English are spoken in our students’ homes
All students JK through 8th grade experience a thorough grounding in physical education, creative movement, visual art, drama, and vocal and instrumental music as a regular and frequent part of their school life. Students in grades 9-12 continue their study by pursuing areas of special interest -- participation in the Athletics program is required for four years and Arts participation is required for two years depending on the area of study. Fifteen after-school sports are offered in grades 7 and 8 and 29 interscholastic sports are offered in grades 9-12, as well as the Essential Fitness program.
Arts and Athletics
Our nationally-recognized college counseling encourages students to grow, to stretch themselves and to work hard to realize their dreams. Starting in 9th grade, students work with one of our counselors to learn how to make informed decisions, plan for the future, make the most of their experiences and talents and ultimately select the college or university that is the best fit. The four-year time frame ensures that students can take ownership of the process while still being able to rely on a system of support that is comprehensive and individualistic.
Consistently, year after year, MICDS is an active participant in the Advanced Placement® program in the Midwest Region of The College Board. Each year approximately 250 students in grades 10 -12 take more than 500 AP® examinations in up to 23 separate subjects. In the past three years, over 80% received qualifying grades.
The parent/School partnership recognizes and celebrates the fact that both the parents and the School support a child’s growth in unique and important ways. Our Parents Association is an active organization that parents can become involved in at MICDS.